omhper (18765) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2006 Draught at the brewpub. Cloudy dark brown, small head. Lightly yeasty orange aroma. Dryish and almondy with powerful malt, yet with slender mouthfeel. Notes of coffee before a marmelady finish with low bitterness. Excellent and individualistic.
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is brewed with an authentic Belgian stain, domestic malts and hops, and an interesting addition of rosemary and fried raisins The caramelized raisins give the beer some more sweetness and depth, as well as a little alcohol boost. This beer comes in at a hefty 9.5% abv. The fried raisins add that special something to this beer. It is a flavor that you just can’t put your finger on, but gives this beer another dimension, and all the more character.
SPF 8 pours to an opaque deep brown color with a slight tan head, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very complex and interesting. First off you get a fragrant herbal burst of rosemary, paired with some spicy yeast aromas, and sweet/dark malt aromas, and a slight hint of smoke. The palate if full and rich on the tongue with complex flavors of dark malt, sweet malt, fried/burnt raisin, and an under pinning of yeast flavor. SPF finishes with more of those complex flavors, then ends with a warming, and slightly cloying finish.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Solona Beach - dark brown, malty and fruit aromas. Taste is sweet, with a nice hops balance and excellent dark fruity taste coming through. Pizza Port has done a nice job with this one and I wish I could get a hold of more. A fitting 100th rating...
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled out of the bottle, thanks to whoever brought this at Johns. Pours a dark bmurky brown aroma is fruity and sweet., oak and nuts. Flavor is bitter, lots of funk and other such interesting things.
Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, roasted grain, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of clove, oregano, licorice, raisin, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy character, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Not really a saison, and not very farmy either, but a very nice heavily spiced Belgian strong ale nonetheless.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one has a very dark brown hue. The nose is a little faint and the flavor is dominated by a malty sweetness. Old, fruity notes pop up and there is some pleasant bitterness on the finish. Alcohol flavor present. A very good brew but not my style. Not as complex as others seem to think it is, maybe this isn’t the best bottle.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown body, tan head. Spicy chocolate aroma, sweet and slightly roasty honey. More slight roastiness in flavor with some added sweet raisins, orange spice in taste. Although I am lacking some detail, this is a great all around beer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly opaque brown with a small tight tan head. Spicy aromas of cloves, Cinnamon, and buckwheat. Airy feel that is quite distinguished. Spice on the tongue. Mild fruit come in with mildly toasted malts. Quite deep in flavors and feel. Thanks Blake for sharing.
1FastSTi (3274) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I traded a Darklord for this beer and am happy I did. This beer pours to a tan creamy head atop a dark brown body. The head laces well. The aroma is yeasty oaked raisins, light honey, dark roasted grains. The flavor is oaked raisins, light chocolate, light barley, very smooth flavor. The palate is a little slick.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, solid, hazy, murky mahogany color with a creamy, deep brown head along the rim. At the pinnacle of aromas - cinnamon, nutmeg, prunes, golden raisins, apple pie a la mode, and glimpses of chocolate powdered sugar. Quite the unique and enjoyable flavor articulated with raisins, pepper, anise and cocoa. Dry and carefully balanced. Some trademark saison souring elements compliment a backdrop of smoke and cedar sauna panels. Slight tartness. Plums and Hershey syrup prompt a pervasive flavor dynamic. To say complex would be like calling the kettle black. Bravo. Thanks to 1FastSTI for sharing this!