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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
chucklemation (566) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Pours a dark mahogany with a thin off-white head. Aroma is an overpowering sweet Belgian yeast, along with some other aromas that are less pleasant. Taste is Belgian yeast and tart fruit, along with other spices. The combination is just off. Sits very heavy on the stomach as well. Overall it’s not terrible, but I wouldn’t get another one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (345) - - AUG 16, 2014
Decent saison. Not as overpoweringly spicy as some saisons. Very dark and faintly fizzy.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
Jamesthebrit (297) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Whooooo. Had this in tap and it was better than out the bottle. This is out the bottle. Aroma is unbalanced. Licorice. Cinnamon. Really not fruity. Now that it’s warmer... Never has a beer smelled more like acetone and freshly paint nails. A complete disaster. Looks purple color with little tan head. Taste is like the aroma. Super bitter licorice. Yeasty. Dry fig. Hand soap. Car oil. Aggressive and dry on the palate. On tap this was killer fruity balanced by this earthy notes. Here in the bottle it’s just super dry and bitter and licorice. Gotta be a bad bottle. This is beyond drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6974) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Tap. Very dark pour with a spotty frothy light beige head. Malty, berries, and herbal. Unique flavor and pretty good overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1746) - 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 (2343) - 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 (1129) - 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 (392) - 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 (2502) - 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 (2464) - 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.

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