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Brewed with dark malts and burnt sugars then lightly spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1708) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Draft at Good Dog. Dark indeed. Poured an opaque black with white foam. Not looking in any way like a Saison. Dark bitter floral tea flavors with a notable spicy hop bite. African violets. Watery chocolate. Chipotle. Liquorice. Rotted vegetation. Burnt thistles. Blood orange spice. Feels completely off the map. Points for that - but cannot see myself drinking this a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2322) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Almost black pour. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Yeasty aroma with some malt. Taste is malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1100) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2014
On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY. I had ordered one of their lighter saisons but the keg had kicked. Poured a dark opaque purple/brown. Definitely has a fruity berry sweetness, maybe blackberries, blackcurrant, something. I didn’t get the flowers as noted in the brewer notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (375) - Bend, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Berry/cherry acidity in the nose, mild roast. Taste is same plus mild woodyness, herbs, cola.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2422) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Pours a translucent brownish black from the bottle with thin ring of tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma of sweet molasses and dark fruits, hint of yeasty esters. Taste is much more toward the peppery esters with a hint of dark fruit. Spicy finish, light carbonation, interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2014
Brewed in Belgium by a brewer from Maryland, interesting beer with a yellowish beige, mousse-like, firm and stable head and a very dark burgundy colour, nearing to black, clouded. Aroma strongly and very invitingly perfumed, liquorice, dates, Belgian chocolates, cloves, kahlua, old port wine, rosemary, mango, bourbon... Taste of dark fruits and honey and thus sweetish in onset, resinous mouthfeel, rounded, nutty malt base which in the end even evolves into a coffee- and chocolate-like toasted bitterishness, even a hint of charcoal, finishing in a grassy hoppiness and some bourbon-like, warming but not astringent alcohol. Very interesting beer but I fail to see how this can be called a ’dark saison’ - more of an imperial porter to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
M82 (309) - Kansas, USA - JUL 23, 2014
A black to very deep mahogany body sits beneath a fading frothy smooth light khaki head which dissipates to a very thin ring

Glowing notes of berry and earth with citrus accents accentuated by dark malts, yeasty characteristics blend and mellow, herbal and somewhat woody with a general sense of cellar, all on a slightly sticky, medium body offering a moment of mildly prickling carbonation, a layer of candied sugar builds on the finish, herbal and alcoholic characteristics control the residual contrasting with the dark malts to create a somewhat mouthwatering exit, the label does a great job communicating the experience

medium intensity, mild complexity, generally smooth transitions, preferred this on the cooler side, which allowed the brighter notes to shine while holding back the herbal notes and sugary component

12oz bottle code BTLD 05/19/14 17:05, spent it’s time at the store on the room temp shelf, served in the upper 40’s into 15.9oz Orrefors Beer Taster

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (946) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Black pour, small off-white head. Aroma is roasty, with notes of spices, hibiscus, dark fruit... flavor is figs, dark fruits, roastiness, alcohol, hibiscus, candied sugar, with floral notes. Chewy, boozey mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2488) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Nice coffee nose, tart coffee, cherry alcohol berry taste. Long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tejas (874) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Draught > Mikkeler Bar, SF. Ordered this out of the blue. Took a chance that the herbs and berries would balance out the roasted grains and they do. Wish it had more carbonation though---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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