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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed with dark malts and burnt sugars then lightly spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LesArgen (244) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2014
It pours with the vitality of a coke, with so much fizz that I worry it will be horrible. It smells wonderful however. There’s coffee, raspberry, rye bread, sherbet and liqueur. It’s a little cloying in the mouth at first, but dissipates on the tongue, with aniseed and nuts giving way to coffee and soft hops. The 8% alcohol leaves a burning in the back of my throat like a smooth scotch. All up an odd beer but not unpleasant - don’t know that it knows what it’s trying to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7995) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Dark brown color.. Kind of clear reddish body, held up to the light. Thin tan head, leaving good, thicker lace. Dark fruit, burnt sugars, mild roast. Some floral notes later in the palate, mild earthy hop. Some dark bitter chocolate. Something like blue berry or acai berry, maybe that’s the schisandra berry? Moderate bitter taste, lighter sweet. Medium to bigger body, kind of slick texture. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Pretty solid tasty floral dark saison to sip on. Towards the end flavor is mostly dark chocolate and acai berry, a pretty nice mix... Reminds me of the dark chocolate covered acai berries my mom found at a health food place once (they were really tasty...).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
curdbird (11) - Brooklyn, USA - SEP 29, 2014
5 oz draft at Beer Street in Brooklyn, NY. Interesting to see such a dark version of a saison, transcending all clarity and progressing right into an opaque dark brown reminiscent of Guiness. Aroma is heavenly with notes of coffee, brown bread, and a hint of fallen leaves. Taste matches the bouquet with layers of dark chocolate, Robusto coffee, and charred malt unfolding one after another. Surprisingly light on the palate for its color and ABV, though the taste lingers. Lacks the funk or dryness of most saisons, making it more akin to porter. Would be excellent with tiramisu.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
I can recognize this is a well put together brew, but was a little turned off because it was more Belgian strong than Saison. Very dry, nutty, with dark fruit and spices. Ara and favors clashed a little but it’s of good quality. "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (4071) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 22, 2014
12 oz. bottle purchased at Julio’s Liquors. Black of course with fast fleeting head in the snifter. The aroma burnt barely, flowers and a strange fruit note, mild yeast.

Flavor is toasted grain, medicinal flower notes, red grape and a spicy/ herbal yeast toward the finish. After the sip it gets real herbal with a dry texture. Very herbal when warm, to much so. I’m still looking for a dark saison the I truly enjoy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4022) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 17, 2014
12 oz. Pours an opaque ebony with a loose ring of bubbles. Aroma is artificial banana candy, soy, merlot and blackberry. Taste is lightly tart blackberry, spicy merlot, oxidized apple, salty soy, raisin and maybe a touch of wooden hop. Medium-large body is smooth and well balanced. Medium carbonation is smooth and doesn’t distract. Lots of complex tastes but they end up in a small, overlapping and interfering wave pool of flavor. None of them grabbed me so that I’d just hang on out to sea floating it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slimspady (214) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Dark pour. Big white head. Grassy, yeast aroma of a saison. Taste is a little heavier though. Smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BLADT (674) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle pour. Dark, matte brown. Near black. Limited white head that didn’t last long enough for me to finish this sentence. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt notes, followed with milk chocolate. Light herbal and tea. Medium to light body. Consistent candy sugar flavors under tastes of light cocoa, licorice, kvass, and cherries. Drinkable, I suppose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4709) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Dark hot pit fruit aromas. Dark caramel and pit fruit upfront turning to dark hot sweet summer meadow in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
chucklemation (680) - 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.

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