superspak (2608) - Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/5/2013. Pours lightly cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 3 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, pear, apple, toast, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, grass, dark bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, grass, dark bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roast, caramel, toast, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/yeast flavor balance with zero cloying after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately prickly, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dark saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
BelgianBeerGal (3197) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft in a fat chalice at Fishale. Dark brown pour with a tan ring. Aroma is light milk chocolate and coffee. Odd flavor. Slightly bitter with hints of booze. Interesting I suppose.
slowrunner77 (2029) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Had this once before, apparently never got the score down. Dark translucent brown. Nice herbal malty aroma. Dry roasted finish with a little dark fruit, spice, malt and earthy hops. Lightish in body, but quite complex. Nice brew."
Lisowczyk (54) - POLAND - SEP 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Barwa ciemnego brązu, pod światło rubinu. Piana niska, utrzymuje się dziurawy kożuch. Piwo tajemnica. Są nuty zbożowe, śliwka, czekolada, owoce, ciasteczka, wanilia, ale prawdziwą robotę czynią dodatki nieznane. Rewelacyjny bukiet jako całość, a nie pojedyncze smaczki.
Lowenbrau (1944) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo.08-09-2014.
In short: sour dark ale.
Pours dark copper with nice tan head. Short head retention, some lacing. Caramel, spicy, sour aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste is caramel, fruity, sweet, subtle sour. Ends dry. Lot of flavours and not so well integrated.
mgajdaczewa (509) - Katowice, POLAND - SEP 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
W aromacie przyprawy i brzoskwinia, więc tradycyjnie po belgijsku, bardzo przyjemnie, choć mogłoby być intensywniej. W smaku już dzieją się cuda: dość wytrawne, wanilia, przyprawy, lukrecja, lekki anyż, dojrzałe czerwone owoce, troszkę palonych słodów... Jest bardzo dobrze!
Stine (1574) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, sienna pour with a garnet glassiness to it. Strange nose offers high cacao dark chocolate and banana, with brittle mineral and chlorine coolant. There’s a sludgy dairy and soy sweetness, which when confronted with the fecal funk that is always elusively present, becomes rather gross. This is more of a curiosity than a dominant sensation. Black malt is obtrusive here. Lingering in the margins are some black spices, mostly anise.
The brusque flavor has that black malt acridity, but it’s reined in. A mild herbal hop presence enters quietly and elegantly, to challenge the soy and dairy dominant weirdo yeast flavors. The softer malts here tend to present a timid, oily nuttiness that blends well with the same distant spiciness that livened up the nose. As it adapts, the fecal notes and protein sweetness are fading, and the spice and herb qualities are waking up.
Fairly punchy palate with good snapping carb. Not dry enough. The finish offers a blend of blueberry, dark spice, basic dark sugar malt. This offering gives more for weirdness than any other single quality; throughout, the tinny mineral salinity, the fecal funk, and the peculiar protein sweetness are undeniably distracting. Still, the shape shifting is fun and trippy.
EithCubes (4905) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BTLD 01/21/14. Nose is sweet and beautifully malty with earth and caramel, light chocolate, wheat, nice yeast character. Pours deep, dark brown with a rocky tan head. Taste is semi-sweet and minerally, esters and wheat, Belgian yeast character, spicy/spiced, very light phenolic component under light but clean bitterness. Jammy light cherry and faint stone fruit. Smooth medium-full body, a touch slimy in feel, with well-integrated alcohol and very light roast. Doesn’t fit any style guideline, for sure, sort of a Dunkelweizen/Saison/Dubbel mashup with productive Belgian yeast.
rdixon77 (711) - Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice interesting beer. Pours a cola brown. Aroma has a Belgian profile but also hints of chocolate, molasses, dark fruits. Taste also is a departure off a Belgian backing….more roasted almost smoky malts and aforementioned flavors. Finishes bitter and slightly tart. Medium mouthfeel. All around cool beer. Go Nietzsche.
Danyel (768) - Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours black with off-white head. Aroma is roasty, smoky. Has a medium body, a bit of tobacco, tad smoky, chocolate. Okay.
McGarnigle (555) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4 pack. Honestly, I thought this was Atwater brewery until I couldn’t find the beer in the database. This is a nice, dark Belgian. Not a heavy quad type, but more of a dark saison. I don’t detect funk, but clearly Belgian yeast with a thin powdering of cocoa on top. More spice than fruit, and no dark fruits. Better not to let it warm too much.