HonusWagner (1695) - Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve debated my 1000th rate for a while. Should it be Gratitude, as a symbol of the thanks Iíd need to give to the many great beer geeks, here and elsewhere, who have generously shared with me on my journey down the rabbit hole? Should it be La Fin Du Monde, the first microbrew I ever tracked down, only to hate it when I wasnít aware that it was meant to be poured into a glass? Should it be the rarest walez imaginable, regardless of emotional significance?
I settled on none of these things, because ultimately rating beer is about expanding ones horizons, about loving the art even when it gives you things like Peated Black Hole and any sour beer produced by Dark Horse. This random, potentially delicious, beer in my fridge represents my belief that ratings milestones are just markers on the endlessly rich journey of a beer geek.
Pour is dark brown or black but with the sort of light, bubbly head you expect from a black ale rather than the frothy, creamy head of a stout or porter. Aroma is a fascinating melange of characters, a light hint of soy sauce, a spicy character reminiscent of the DeCiccos/Captain Lawrence chestnut beer, some kind of stone fruit character, maybe plums, a dash of fusels/alcohol in the nose, minor smokiness, earthy, overall a bit like a malbec, very complex and fascinating. Taste is a bit sweet up front, modest carbonation carries the fruit flavor to the forefront with spice notes of black pepper not far behind. Earthy, semisweet, clean on the back end, minimal bitterness. Mild tartness, curious. Highly drinkable. Good stuff.
From here we go sublime.
TheJester (2094) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 mL bottle. Ruby brown - beautiful colour - with just a thin ring of head. Very Belgian (dark) aroma, with chocolate and yeast. The flavour is less distinctive, and isnít immediately identifiable as a saison. Not dry enough, no funk. Itís good, though. Schwarzbier with Belgian yeast.
Blade86 (854) - Wrocław, POLAND - MAY 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown, clear, medium off-white foam, yeast, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol, medium sweetness, medium- bitterness, medium body, little oily feel, average- carbonation, long chocolateish finish
Overall: Not my style but nevertheless very good beer
-- rated with beerbasher
geophagus (533) - Lubin, POLAND - MAY 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 0.355l/ sample) Thanks Blade86. Dark brown colour with ruby flashes. Small to medium sized, fast to medium fast falling, beige head. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, medium oily texture. Aroma: Caramel, dark sugar, dark bread, prunes, chocolate, a bit roasted. Taste:Medium sweet, chocolate, prunes, caramel, Soft to medium strong, good balanced warming alcohol. Medium long,dark chocolate finish. Pleasant, a bit sweet but fruity and crisp finish.
maneliquor (3415) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. I really dug this. Loads of plum and date and a nice roasty characteristic throughout where it sort of finished a little ashy and burnt which I enjoyed. Still had that familiar farmhouse and yeasty core but balanced nicely by the slightly heavier notes. Great stuff
oliodnb (494) - ITALY - MAY 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. Pours a beautiful very dark red with a minimal off white head. Aroma is very light with some roastiness, dark fruits, some yeasty acidity, light metallic note. Taste is similar with roasted notes more evident. Dry finish, mild bitterness, nice chocolate aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation.
commonmac (614) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Surdykís. Consumed in snifter glass. Aroma carries a strong roasted malt characteristic and a Belgian yeast quality to it. Appearance is definitely dark...brown/blackish with a tan head. Taste feels a little bit like a black IPA with a little bit less bitterness. The roasted notes from the aroma carry through the taste with an underlying earthiness. Borders on the darker Belgian dubbels Iíve tried in the past with less of an emphasis on sweetness. Coffee and dark chocolate come to mind. Itís got a dry mouthfeel that I actually kind of enjoy right now. Dark fruits are in the equation as well. Overall, a very solid beer. I would seek it out again.
SinH4 (764) - SWITZERLAND - APR 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with big tan head. Smells very Belgian, yeasty, malty, bananas, bread, dark malts. Taste goes back and forth between a blonde belgian ale and dark malts. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice, but it has a weird switch between dark malts and fresh belgian banana yeast feeling.
kerenmk (3111) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Maxís place. Thanks Tom L. Cleardark brown-black with an off-white ring. Faint smoky aroma, malty and a little peppery. Mildly bitter, slightly dry and roasty. Mild fizz, medium body, roasty, sunflower seeds finish. Nice.
woodychevy (601) - - APR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pretty decent, but I live in a beer town so tend to get spoiled. Dark, rich imposing pour. Definitely Belgian notes and sweetness somewhat lingering. Plums, raisins- intensely fruity. More roast than I think works in a saison. Somewhat boozy. Decent, but not blown away.
ads135 (3338) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Saw Farmhouse and assumed it would be lighter. The dark appearance belies any expectations I had. More fruity and caramelly than the typical farmhouse and a nice, crisp dryness at the end.