brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black pour with a khaki head. Peppery and roasty nose. Some hints of vinegar, lots of anise, grass, and grape. Quite dry, maybe a little tea. Nice aroma. The flavor is a little less impressive. Very roasty and acetic. Grape soda, pepper, black tea, and lots of grass. Fairly dry and very highly carbonated.
glennmastrange (2342) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted grain, herbs for the hops, musty for the yeast, with hints of sour apple, vinegar and faint dark dried fruit. Head is large, frizzy /frothy, light tan with darker swirls, with good slippery lacing and good legs, and is mostly lasting. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts heavily acidic, then finishes moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter, and a bit acetic. Palate is medium, watery with a fizzy carbonation. The dark color belies the light, tart, and refreshing qualities of this tasty Saison.
changeup45 (1718) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Knightly. This pours a dark cola color with a thick khaki head. The aroma is roasted malt, banana ester, clove, light ash, and chocolate. Going down the carbonation is noticeably high. The flavor shows a tangy lemon taste with black tea; yeasty notes, and roasted malt in the finish. This isn’t bad but there’s a solvent thing going on, that’s consistent throughout, that isn’t all that pleasant. I think if the abv were higher that would be unbearable. But this is drinkable enough with some decent other flavors.
tricyclist (912) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample pour of deep dark with full khaki head. Nose is roasted malt and light spice. Flavor is roasted fully with some spices and light sweet malts. Not fantastic, but a decent black saison. Still not my go to style
50belair (2507) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Chris’ pad. Cloudy brown pour with an off white head. Malty aromas. Sourish malt and yeast notes. Somewhat bland and uninspiring.
GT2 (8819) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750mL shared at Grape and Grain Exchange in San Marco, Jax, FL. Pours a muddy, deep cola with weaker heavier foam. Nose is all vinegar and pickle. Heavily salty and acetic. Taste is very minty, extremely herbal, cocoa, and quite medicinal. Dirty, earthy lemon tea palate. I was forced to drink 3 persons’ glasses since no one enjoyed this. Oh well.
BeerandBlues2 (10240) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear black with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is spicy wheat and rye malt with dates and figs, Belgian yeast spices and pepper notes. Flavor is malt forward with medium hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters, spices and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3848) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, creamy beige head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is vinegar, roasted malts, light eggs, caramel, plums, raisins, and light leather. Flavor is roast malts forward with supporting sour dark fruit, light ash, leather, light coffee, and faint earthy hops; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
Travlr (13673) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2, thank you sir! Hazy dark brown color, thick brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of coffee grounds. Taste starts with riasty coffee and cocoa, then a barnyard funkiness that doesn’t quite mesh. Near miss, I would say.
snoworsummer (2605) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From a big bottle. Sour and bitter. Funky strange taste and light aroma. Medium carbonation.