GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, chocolate brown with ruby hints around the edges. The head is big fluffy and tan, sticks to the sides stubbornly on the way down.
The aroma actually starts with some roasted chocolate malts and hints of darker fruits like plums. The spices, clove especially, are present but accentuate the dark character more than dominate it.
The taste is excellent and unlike any saison I’ve ever had. It really is dominated by the dark chocolate malts throughout. There is a bit of brown sugar underneath along with the spicy yeast. Nice dry and surprisingly roasty finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice, strong carbonation. Very roasty with lots of chocolate.
This is a great saison and completely original. Love the chocolate backbone and the subtle use of the spices instead of the overpowering nature of the lavender in Of Love and Regret.
Cybercat (5053) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of the bottle an opaque hazelnut brown with a fairly thick pale tan head. Aroma is malty with nutty, caramel and clove undertones. Malty flavor has a firm nutty tone plus strong hints of burnt caramel and cloves. Texture is smooth with a subtle fizz that stays long after the beer has gone down the proverbial hatch.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy reddish brown with off white head. Aroma had better blueberry seed and peel, some caramel, dark fruit. Taste is bitter but has sweet caramel and dark fruit, some interesting bitter berry, and a dry finish.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Armin for bringing this over! Poured hazy deep brown with a short-lived, but dense beigey head. The aroma picked up berry seeds and a touch of banana upfront, with some berry meat behind.. some lemony and earthy accents.. a little bit too much berry influence for my liking, but still very interesting. The flavor found a lot more berries along with lesser biscuity notes at the core.. tangy earthy notes, oak, and lemon zest around.. metallic and berry seed tartness on the finish.. a tad sticky where it should have been dry in the end. Medium-bodied and sweet for a saison on the palate.. a good use of the tart parts of the fruit, though.. OK feel and flow.
wedgie9 (2612) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 4/13/11 from a 330mL bottle at Lush West Town. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that recedes quickly to a thick collar of lace. The nose is roasted coffee, candi sugar, a light herbal note, and some spicy yeast. The flavor is more coffee than anything else with some tropical fruits, spicy yeast, and light candi sugar. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long roasted coffee finish.
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. dark brown with a lively appearance and a large, bubbly, beige head. nose has hints of burnt toffee and floral hops. flavor has burnt malt, peanuts, and some root beer notes. quite nutty. not sweet with moderate bitterness. medium light with a good bit of carbonation. like a brown ale blend with a saison.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from the bottle at the Bilbo Baggins event welcoming Stillwater to Virginia. Brewed in West Flanders and made with hibiscus, rose hips, and Schisandra chinensis, aka the Chinese five-flavored fruit.
Pours a dark plum color with an off white bordering on tan head and some spotty lacing. Some carbonation rings at the edges of the glass. Nose is light and creamy and has a mild tequila-like booziness. Slight notes of blueberry skin and wood.
The taste is lightly spicy and musty with a moderate berry tartness. Slightly floral and tea-like. Toward the end I get some light floral and plum characteristics. The feel is light with mild carbonation and is slightly bitter. Throughout the glass, I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on. This is really quite interesting and definitely worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-13-2010
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle, best before June 2012. $6.95 at Bierkraft over New Year’s. Clear very deep ruby with a rocky two finger light beige head, great retention. Overripened figs and raisins up front in the nose with some dusty chocolate and banana notes with just a bit of spice. Actually smells a lot like a good authentic dubbel. Flavor is a bit sharper, with the addition of a nice leather character as well as some slightly acidic roasted malts--a fair amount less fruit forward, though there is a light herbal lime rind thing going on. The alcohol finally does show its presence in the finish, spicy and slightly warming down the throat. Bitterness peaked at a 2-3, dry finish. Light to moderate carbonation with a medium body. Pretty good beer, though doesn’t seem to be much of a saison to me.
madmitch76 (21720) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
5th March 2011
ACBF. Very dark brown beer, small tan head. Light dry palate a little soft. Some powdery chocolate leading to mild bubblegum sweetness with a little spice. Dry finish. Over dry and slightly odd.
Chronoflash (76) - New York, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly opaque brown hue with a rich coffee cream head carrying thick lacing. Aroma is a mix of subtle prunes and chocolate, coriander, clove, and lemon peel. Mouthfeel is moderate to dense, the maltiness tamed by sharp hoppy citrusy sting, finishing with a tangy sweetness and a slight phenolic heat. A flavor profile that matches the aroma--combination of citrus, clove and dark malt/fruit. Overall, an incredibly well-crafted (and surprisingly well-balanced) ale.