BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle and served in Unibroue tulip: Pours a very deep brown hue with an initial huge foamy beige head and okay lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, crystal and roasted malts along with some tropical fruit hops (Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe blend perhaps?). A fair amount of Belgian yeastie esters and even a nose of lacto sourness too. The taste started a tad light tart fruit with a roasted and chocolate background. Sounds great right... well the problem here is the lack of depth and not helped by an over-carbonated tongue. I am now thinking Citra more than Nelson due to the "lemon pledge" overtone on the finish but yet it still "white winey", I dunno but something missed the mark here. A watery overly acidic, homebrew extract, Belgian Porter, yeah that is it! Everything about this beer should be right up my alley but the whole experience is utterly disappointing. No respectable farmhouse would be serving this brew.
PanMarek (267) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2016
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark opaque ruby with quick, thin beige foam. Strong toasted malt nose with licorice and brown sugar. Initial dry taste, light body and thin fizz followed by broad roasted malts and a slipper texture. There are some notes of instant coffee and some dried fruit, chestnut and mild spices. It tastes very much like a Belgian ale, which is what Rate Beer calls it. On its website, Stillwater calls it a dark existential farmhouse ale and they have what looks to be a more traditional saison. It’s a strong, dry, roasted malt Belgian more than anything.
androman (1850) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
20cl on tap at Oproer. Nose is dark berries. Body is dark brown, head is big, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is leaves, light smoke, herbs, spices, roasted chestnut, dried fruits, milk chocolate. Medium sweet, medium bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is medium lasting fruity roasty medium bittersweet. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessert beer, very interesting, great one.
markoijelena (2509) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at Oedipus International Beer Festival 2016. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 04.07.2016. Day Two. Pour it dark redish color with small white head. Aroma black currant, some spices, candy sugar. Taste lots of spices, Belgian yeast, apples, candy sugar, bubblegum, little bit roasty, medium body, thick feel, soft carbonation, bitter. Interesting.
Bulk_Carrier (3894) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUL 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a mildly dark brown close to black color with a slim finger-ed foamy to filmy (mildly puffy looking off white color) head. Dissipates at a nice pace. Thin filmy lacing runs around the glass.
The smell starts off with sweet dark bready malts with subtle dry milk chocolatey sort of malts. Subtle roast and then a nice spicy little bit of rye.
The taste was pretty much the same. Full sweet dark and milk chocolatey sort of sticky flavors come together and then bring in that spiciness nicely. All combines on into the aftertaste and slides on into a slight sticky sort of finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sessionably semi-sticky sort of feel all around. Carbonation rides fairly light. Stickiness is somewhat tame all around.
Overall, as a saison of the "dark" quality, I can see it. Probably be better for the winter season as I’d come back to during that time.
PotjeBier (2749) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ OIBF ’16 with Zlotta & Markoijelena. Clear dark brown color. Brown head. Aroma’s: fruity, sourish, sweetish, candies, light smoke. Retronasal it’s sweetish, fruit, light sour. Flavor is moderate sweet, fruity. Medium bodied. Finishes moderate bitter.
Zlotta (2270) - Hagen, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from tap at the Oedipus International Beer Festival 2016. Clear, dark reddish brown with a beige head. Sweetish, malty and a little fruity aroma of caramel, brown sugar, some chocolate and some dark ripe fruits. Sweetish, malty and slightly fruity taste of caramel, chocolate, some coffee and hints of dark ripe fruits, followed by a short, slightly bitter, very dry finish. Medium body, slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nice!
LesArgen (317) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of plum, cherry, grapefruit, chocolate, malt and coffee. Taste of coffee, raisin, chocolate, and some funky farmhouse flavours, with a slightly watery aftertaste. It’s a bit of a stretch to call this a farmhouse ale methinks, but who cares if it tastes good?
GoufCustom (1655) - HONG KONG - MAY 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.
Looks: Clear deep Cola blackish brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with notable very slight carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant dark malt, with moderate funk, barnyards, strong caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, cream, light sugar, strong yeast, thin lemon and light grass.
Taste: Mid to strong sweet dark malt, with strong roastyness, burnt caramel, burnt toast, strong molasses, alcohol, strong dark chocolate, black coffee, floral, strong earth, spices, strong Bel yeast, lemon, strong bitter hops and grass.
Body: Mid to full body. Very slick and smooth palate.
Mouth Feel: Strong dark maltyness in pretty creamy background. Strong roastyness with lots of burnt caramel and toast. Very sweet and quite boozy but well match by strong dark chocolates and light black coffee. Earthy, spicy yeasty with sharp lemon to round. Very nice!
Hoppiness: Thin lemon and light grass in nose. Strong earth, spices, sharp lemon and strong grass in taste. Bitterness is very strong for a lasting, very high astringent sweet bitter finish.
After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, burnt and strong bitter to mouth.
Comments: This one is very interesting - a Dark Belgian fused with some funk in araoma, lots of burnt toasty sweet maltyness with strong Bel yeast and earthy citrusy sharp hoppiness. Has a snobbish feel but taste-wise it’s quite balanced and bursting with strong flavors. Will buy again!
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep dark brown. Aroma is full of sweet roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate. Taste is very smooth, and has a coffee/chocolate flavor kind of hoppy.
CacheManyHose (604) - HONG KONG - APR 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank w Matt after Orange Peel drumming gig. Opaque black with creamy beige-tan head and big streaky legs. Smells of funky dark malt, pear, lightly sour in a fermented way, chocolate. Interesting combination of flavours in the nose. Tastes of burnt dark malt, moderate sourness, quite a bit of Belgian yeast, gentle clove and spice, very faint coffee/chocolate. Body is smooth, frothy, pepper/clove, bitter. Unusual to have funky sour yeast paired with burnt coffee malt, quite good.