JorgeLee (1179) - Greater London, - FEB 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botte at Delirium Hoppy Loft. What a curious beer! Claims to be a cross between a saison and an oatmeal stout, but no oats in the ingredients? Anyway, jet black with not so much head. Very unusual tastes, malty but also some herbal spice - licorice, nettles, seaweed. Not the sort of thing you normally write about! I guess this may divide opinion but I thought it was really interesting and delicious.
Jerre (2632) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taste sept. 2013 on beerevenening (bootles from H.O.P. Bissegem).
Very dark brown color, with beige head.
Aroma: bit sweet, complex, roasty and fruity. Medium body.
Taste: sweet start, dark roasted malts, but also fruits hoppy, nuts touch, bitterness.
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful brown foam, much carbonated many bubbles. I thought was the same recipe as Green Flash / St Feuillien Friendship Brew Black Saison, but no there was a big difference.
This typical Belgian but with light roasted notes.
motelpogo (6539) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled, thanks mowbeer. rich black with a brown head; stouty aroma of tar, caramel and ash; sacher dort flavours, vanilla cream, cocoa powder; as much a stout as a black ipa
mjs (4550) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l - BB 07/08/2014, at William K Annankatu, 20140708) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had sweetness, liquorice and Belgian style yeast. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, fruitiness, Belgian style yeast, liquorice, saltiness and bitterness. Afteraste was sweet, burnt and bitter. I found nothing resembling a Saison while drinking this beer. The beer wasn’t bad but the name is misleading.
Cunningham (4439) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Black color with a fine beige head.
Aroma: Coffee and some acidic yeast notes.
Palate: Medium body. Moderate sweet with a moderate bitterness. Average carbonation. Dry ending.
Taste: Strong coffee, bready and yeast .
Overall impression: Well some do not like Black IPA because it is not IPA or a stout. I love BIPA. So I thought this would be a nice mix as well. Hmmm NO this did not work for me. Not a saison and not a stout. More a porter with acidic notes.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinspecialisten Kolding Midtby, Denmark.
Vignale (2035) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska från Beergium. Mrökt mörkt brun med högt smutsvitt skum. En porterliknande öl med mycket kolsyra. Riktigt fin doft med rostade aromer av chokladfudge, brownies, mrökt bröd. Småbubblig munkänsla, balanserad sötma, ganska lätt kropp och ganska frisk med en lätt gräsig eftersmak. Småtrevlig.
caesar (5061) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from speciaalbierpakket.nl, BB 07/08/2014, large sample, served in a trappist glass. Pours a dark brown beer with a big rocky lbrownish head, leaving a medium almost creamy thick lacing. Aroma has roasted malts, dark fruit, peppery yeast, coriander, anise and licorice. Slight sweet in taste, bit dry, bit bitter. Leaves a bitter and slight crisp finish. Bitterness from malts and some hop seems stronger as the beer is quite dry. Some sweetness comes from caramelly stuff. Slight metallic finish, but for the rest the balance seems to be quite ok. Quite high in carbonation, thin to medium body.
weark (296) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Au Grain D’Orge - Black color with a bubbly tan head, good lasting and lacing - Aroma of licorice, roasted malt, coffee, earthy hops, hints of sourness (vinous) - Flavor is sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee hints of Belgium yeast - Light/medium body, light bitterness, high carbonation, roasted malt dark chocolate finish - Interesting, Belgium yeast in a black beer, well done easy drinkable
MiP (13597) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 6.5%. Sweet liquorice aroma. Black colour, seems cloudy. Very big rocky light brown head. The flavour is roasted, has a nice dark bread note, mild liquorice as well. Tastes more like a mild porter to me, I do not get much saison out of it... perhaps a little fruity funk.
martin00sr (599) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky dark brown, creamy tan head. Faint citrus aroma. Hoppy and malty, perhaps ginger taste. Medium body, fizzy carb.