drdisque (626) - Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured into a snifter. Slight stale coffee aroma. Initial taste is smooth spice but transitions to a bit more of a bitter coffee grounds finish. Hides abv well but I find the aftertaste to be unpleasant.
notalush (5316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber - label says 9% abv - more like a Belgian stout than anything else - I really dispute this being listed as a saison - anyway - nose of light tartness, smoke, plum and other dark fruit, cherry skins, dough - quite a nice depth to the nose - texture is a little watery - flavor is kind of sweet, a little alcoholic - somewhat imperial stout-ish in character - chocolate, dark fruit - some spicy phenolics late - finish has some coffee-ish roast and is fairly spicy - it’s okay, but I’ve really got to ignore the fact that it is supposed to be a "saison."
crossovert (9061) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Black pour. This one has very few stout characteristics despite looking like one. Huge lemongrass ans spice in the flavor, took a few drinks to acclimate but not bad.
whitehotg8 (81) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a tulip. Looks like a stout, khaki head and all. Smells funky and roasty with some herbal tea notes. Taste is complex; chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, yeasty bread, spices. I’m really kinda impressed by this beer, interesting and full bodied. If you’re any type of saison fan, gotta try it. Cheers SOB!
Mainuh_man (258) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 Oz bottle. Black with a brown head. Plastic hop, funky and anice aromas. Cloying sugars, anice, rose and coffee flavors. Full body with a thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Overall, lots of complexity across the board.
Headbanger (3514) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 1/17/15 (Courtesy of friend)-Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, and spices. Taste of the same. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and is outright tasty.
jtclockwork (10620) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate, citrus, lemongrass, roast coffee, resin and earthy malt. Medium body.
AirForceHops (4345) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle, purchased at Binny’s Lincoln Park location for a decent price. Pitch black color with small bubbly head, aroma is roasted malts, weak chocolate and spicy yeast with notes of dried hay.
Flavor is like a porter made with Belgian yeast. Good amount of roast throughout with the rustic farmhouse yeast giving a spicy after taste. Pretty decent balance of roasted, ashy, sweet malts and yeast. The texture is dry and spicy. This hybrid "black " saison normally is a miss for me. But this brew is different. The yeast and malt has married well together. Really enjoy all the brews I have sample from this brewery. Hope I can try more in the future, keep up the top notch brewing!
HonkeyBra (3705) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the tap room. Pours a rich very dark brown with red highlights, a thick beige head. Aroma of chocolate malt, roast, mild earth and charred tones. Herbal notes, wood notes, mild smoke and fruit notes. Flavor is bitter with a whirlwind of herbal, caramel, chocolate and coffee notes. A slight fruitiness and funkiness keep this outside the realm of a porter. Full, coating mouthfeel with a cream texture. Rich, lively carbonation. Finishes long and bitter. This is nice.
Lubiere (10997) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark saison with a thin brown head. In aroma, smooth bitter chocolate with good coffee notes, grassy hops, curacao, wood extract, light alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice bitter chocolate with good grassy hops, bitter herbs, coffee grind, and light alcohol warmth. On tap at Kuma’s Too.