OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
750 bottle served in a Duvel tulip
A - Pours black with 3 fingers of sparkling tan foam. Great retention with average lacing.
S - Big brett aroma, funky wood, earthy charred mushrooms, roasted grains, citrus rind, earthy floral, spicy, dried fruit, scalded milk,
T - Hoppy citrus notes upfront, musty roasted grains, some plastic flavors, spicy yeast, some notions of dairy mixed, bitterness transitions from citrus, to nutty, then to a coffee/peppery bitterness, notes of old furniture lacquer, acidity comes out after mid palate and grows turning to a dry and spicy finish.
M - Fuller body with a good amount of carbonation,
While I’m not very keen on dark Saisons, or dark/roasted malts combined with wild yeasts, this is the best I’ve had to date from both categories. The galaxy hops brighten and really pull this through and save it from being a weird combination of odd flavors. I liked it more this time than the first time. Worth picking up if it’s in your area.
Serving type: bottle
mcberko (5360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle, pours black with a thick brown head. Nose brings out some barnyard funk, leather, and some roasted malt. Flavour brings out lots of barnyard funk and leather just the same, with the leather really show-casing later on in the palate. There are also some roasted notes, along with lots of brett. Really well-balanced, with zero residual sweetness. ABV is hidden extremely well. Another excellent beer from Prairie.
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, peach, passion fruit, cocoa, roasted malt, hay, straw, clove, pepper, musty funk, grass, floral, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, passion fruit, peach, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, clove, pepper, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light funk, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pepper/clove yeast spice and pine hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, passion fruit, peach, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light pine, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, roasted malt, and funky/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black Saison! All around great balance and complexity of hop, roasted malt, and spicy/funky yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
joet (2052) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is delicious. What a nice collaboration. Very dark but not pitch, with minimal tan head. A mix of dark malt roasty flavors blended with the most rustic traditional farmhouse notes. Some funky late harvest Galaxy stuff is all up in here as well. This is a strange and wonderful beast.
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Definitely one of the strangest beers ive had in a good while. Aroma was of lots of brett, citrus, light roast too. Falvor was definitely all the same theree, but I think a bit too much of big flavors just destroying the tongue between strong brett, hops and burnt malt.
MartzMimic (51) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a creamy head reminiscent of a root beer float. Smells unlike any other beer I’ve had. Smokey, hoppy, grainy, malty spice, with fruit and licorice thrown in. Sounds crazy, but the smell reminds me of an old pharmacy from my childhood. Coffee, citrus and hops are heavy, with a woody quality. Nice bitterness. Medium mouth. This wouldn’t be my everyday beer, but it is excellently unique.
beernbourbon (1262) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is nearly black with a medium brown head. Aroma is lightly funky with notes of clean resinous hop and saison-like aromas. Smells like a hoppy dark saison; which it is. Flavor is true to nose with funky saison notes accented with roasted malt and highlighted with clean pine hop notes. Delivers on description and well-executed. Great stuff and easy to drink.
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. I’ve loved everything I’ve had from this brewery but this one didn’t blow me away, not to say that it wasn’t a nice brew. That really citrus-y flavor takes a bit for me to warm up to when it goes with a roast coffee like note as well...really my issue with black IPA’s. Just so much going on with that bretty note added it’s hard to take all in.
dbarnold (1125) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this a hoppy black saison. It’s light on the tounge with just a mild roast, dry and well hopped with galaxy (which isn’t so aggressive). Drinkable, but none of the flavors really grab you.
Marheb (1743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une combinaison un peu difficile à apprivoiser de malts rôtis, agrumes, levure exubérante et touche poivrée. Plus ça avance et plus ça fonctionne, buvabilité intéressante.