Lubiere (12285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed dark brown saison with a thick collapsing mocha head. In aroma, very herbaceous and grassy malt with bitter chocolate, light Brett, dirt, interesting. In mouth, a nice fruity sour chocolate with light lactic points, Brett, foliage, off but in a nice way.
smaynard6000 (924) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours black with foamy beige head. Notes of spices in the aroma. Some zesty citrus in the flavor, somewhat sweet and bitter. Grape as well. Very interesting flavors in this. Quite enjoyable.
Tmoney99 (13006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good to excellent lacing. Moderate dark herbal and yeast aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectation where met.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared by tmoney99. My sample was towards the end of the bottle Mostly hazy dirty brown color, with lots of small white yeast particles visible in the body. Thin, kind of airy tan head, little to no lace sticks, kind of loose. Awesome zesty citrus smell and earthy hops, much more potent of a nose than expected! Bit of chocolate in there, some darker spices (saigon cinnamon). Medium-plus body, smooth, softer carbonation, lightly dry finish. Bigger bitter taste for a saison, minimal zesty sweet. Pretty spicy flavor, maybe a bit too spicy. Nice example of a black saison, though. One of the better ones Iíve tried. More hops and bitterness than I remember from other examples.
b3shine (7666) - Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by Tmoney99). Looks solid; a fairly opaque dark cola with light beige head and a bit of sediment. Smells solid; dark malt, yeast, dark fruit, and some spices. Tastes like it smells with a bit of bitter chocolate too. Solid on the palate with a tingly mouthfeel. A decent black saison.
jtclockwork (13105) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of smoke, bandaid, grape soda, old fruit and cocoa. Medium body.
suprchunk (2865) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark colored pour. Almost black. Foamy tan head. Little bit of lacing. A slight sour aroma mixed with rubber and roasted malt. Taste is roasty with a bit of a sour note. Not bad. A bit strange but in a good way.
Suttree (5857) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish black, big tan head. Smells funky, with a subtle milk chocolate note. Tastes tart up front, with a little sweet mixed in. Just a touch roasty coffee flavors, too. Hint of funk, too.
Nero55 (919) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@Magic City Brewfest. Dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt and raisins. Medium body roasted malts with belgium yeastyness and spice notes. A unique spin on a saison.
jstraw (1953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany with big, foamy, fine-bubble, beige head, good legs / Delicate, muted, musty nose of orchard & dark fruit / Light body, just a touch thin, acidic, some initial sweetness then dry in the middle with some woody astringency, and fine bitter finish / Elegant, light flavors of apple, grape, balsamic vinegar, date, molasses, smoke, rose hip, chrysanthemum, oak / In this acidic style of saison, it lacks the punch of the best (e.g., Jolly Pumpkin), but itís a brew worthy of contemplation, on the porch on a summer day.