JohnGalt1 (438) - , Idaho, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Made the trip out to the ’Burbs just to get a chub fill of this beer and pretty happy I did. Picked up at Brewforia for about $9 for the quart. Poured into my slim tulip.. 2 finger brownish head lingers forever producing beautiful lacing ... the brew is pretty much black with a little bit of ruby at the stem end of my glass.
Nose is dark malt prevalent... but some light fruity esters are there with warmth... a little bit of earthy hops may be there too, but I might be talking myself into it.
Flavor mirrors the nose with a little bit more of a Belgian quality.... some light spicy phenols, clove I guess and some minor raisin and possibly a little dried cherry.. dark malts are still the big player... more phenolic qualities show as the brew warms up.
Body is a light/medium... carbonation is good yet still retains a sorta creaminess on the palate.
maxwelldeux (3448) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with almost no head on it whatsoever. Nose is very light - almost to the point of not being there. There is a slight floral element to it, but not much else. Taste is slightly sour, but definitely floral. I don’t get any of the elements that are supposed to make it dark. Only OK.
xenodius (3) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I know it may seem like I’m overrating this beer, but I really think it’s this good. The palate and flavor are an exquisitely balanced pair, velvety yet full, substantial but crisp and roasty.
beernovice39 (3101) - Montana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Dark brown/black pour with a tan top. Nose is roasty and bready. Taste is yeast/spice with some chocolate and nuts. Nice.
IndianaRed (2311) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Prefunk Boise, ID Black, of course modest but persistant tan head. Very faint light toasty aroma. Flavor is mild soft dark maltiness. Slight metallic aftertaste. Not much of the classic Saison flavor but the roasted malts may have masked or over powered that
stevoj (1956) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark and smoky like a dunked, having a hard time finding the Saigon in here. Pours black with a thin beige head. Light aroma of roast grains,taste is strong and bitter, roast grains, coffee and chocolate. Good, but not what I was expecting from a Saison.
poisoneddwarf (1670) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Black pour with a thick beige head with good retention, leaving lace. Aroma is chocolaty, toasted malts. Taste is mostly sweet with some bitterness in the finish. Roasty with Belgian yeast notes. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Really good.
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Light roasty aroma with light yeast. Yeast and light malt flavor with light yeast. Medium bodied. Light chocolate and light nuttiness lingers with yeast and light spice.
Prufrockstar (790) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler thanks to bro and sis-in-law. Thanks! Aroma is chocolate, roast, dark fruit, Belgian esters. I'd guess a Belgian stout if I didn't know the name. Pours dark brown, nearly black, with thick dense mocha head. Taste is roasty dark fruit, tangy with some light citrus. Some earthy, coffee notes too. Medium body, average carbonation, texture a little slick. Overall: not bad, but flavor combo doesn't really do it for me - when my nose is promised a stout my mouth is biased against accepting a roasty, earthy saison. Cool idea though, and seems like other people dig it.
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BeerBrah (10) - - MAY 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma - Big Chocolate and coffee notes, Belgian notes are very light
Appearance - Black, No light passes through. Head is dark tan and lingering
Taste - Very deceiving beer. Where the nose was hugely dark the taste is delicate and refined. The beer is decidedly saison with a chocolate/coffee accompaniment
Mouthfeel/Palate - Light and easy drinking. It’s a little confusing because this is both a good winter and summer beer.
Overall - A Great Beer on so many levels. Soft and easy but solid flavors and very satisfying.