bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a black body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, horse blanket, yeast, citrus, and cocoa. Flavor of brett, roasted malt, grass, yeast, grapefruit, earth, light pine, and chocolate with a dry finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle, or so, purchased at BeerCraft. Pours a deep dark-chocolate color with minimal light getting through; medium-brown head (almost a bit purplish) with nice retention and lacing. The hop aromatics just pour out on this: papaya, passion fruit, some pithy citrus and fresh lime; I just want to swim in this. Some firm bitterness here, showing grapefruit rind and lemons and tropical notes, with a very soft un-bitter chocolate notes behind; thankfully nothing chalky or coarse here, as so many of these dark saisons end up being. Fresh, this is just a great beer with layers of juicy tree-fruit and citrusy hoppiness. I wouldn’t have even guessed this was dark from taste and smell alone (at least not after the hop bitterness kicked in).
swanmann (606) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 750 ml, bottle is crazy conditioned, the fluffy ashy tan foam just kept escaping.The brew is dark chocolate brown. Aromas of cherry or dark fruit, candy sugar, some peppery spice, pine, alcohol. The flavor opens lightly tart and sweet, when cool, roasty notes open up as it warms. The finish is hops and malt, a bit of aspirin, earthy dough. This is a complex brew that evolves as you go through the bottle. Unique and delicious.
wedgie9 (2007) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 9/22/13 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle purchased at Louisville Beer Store. Pours dark, coffee brown with a very thick and rocky tan head that slowly recedes to average lacing. The nose is full of spicy yeast with just a touch of dark chocolate malt and some tropical fruit and citrus hops. The flavor is the same, really focused on the spicy, very dry, funky yeast, with the darker malt and unique hops providing more background. The body is medium with just livelier than average, stinging carbonation, and a long bitter hops and spicy yeast finish.
theisti (3259) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle purchased at the Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, Kentucky. The pour is a hazed brown golden with a tan head. The aroma is citrus along with a bit of pine roast and hint of dry Brett in the back. The taste is a nice blending and balance of the citrus, pine and roast, along with the overall ever so slightly dry and funky Brett. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation and the dry finish. I am glad I drank this beer when I did, hops were fresh, and Brett was an underlying complement.
devman171 (993) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle is super carbed, cork popped off.. aroma is light roast with high floral and pine hops. taste is pretty bitter with a nice light funk finish. nice beer!
ACD (655) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Monk's Cafe. Black pour, big tan head. Plenty of orange in the aroma, herbs and musty yeast too, light roasty malt. Fairly sweet tangerine in the taste, some coffee, lightly funked up Belgian yeastiness, some very light banana. Lingering saison yeastiness and lightly tropical notes, some fairly muddy notes sticking in there too. A bit confused and messy, but some interesting stuff happening here nonetheless.
Sammy (8773) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The funk is a bit obtrusive and there is real horse here. Otherwise smooth and tasty . Very good drinkability and complex, but not something I can strongly recommend. Thanks Beerenger.
degbert (1154) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a high, fine-grained cinnamon head with a texture like shaving cream. Nose is apples, stone fruit, hops bitterness, and camphor. Dark roast bitterness on the front of the mouth -- coffee, dark rye bread, strong tea -- with more camphor and eucalyptus notes to back it up on the midpalate. Not a lot of substance to carry it through, but that would be correct for a black farmhouse ale; this isn’t a porter. Finishes long, clean, astringent, and camphorous. Interesting, and it is what it says it is; wouldn’t drink it every day, but it’s certainly different, and that counts for something.
GIJOE (655) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark, almost opaque. Frothy, thick, tan head that hangs in there for a while. Nose is a touch fruity, like apple butter, with nice floral hops coming through. Taste is bitter, although there’s a nice undercurrent of sweetness. A bit thin for me, but a pleasant, rather drinkable brew.