rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz btl. Pours a dark cola color with a finger of beige head. Aroma of chocolate and dark fruit. Crisp mouthfeel, a nice fruity quality maybe pit fruit. A definite chocolate sweetness, candied prune or something, brown sugar. Great texture and a nice spice and some warming alcohol.Another great brew.
curdbird (7) - Brooklyn, USA - SEP 29, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
slowrunner77 (3635) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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. "
AirForceHops (3223) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
nearbeer (3745) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
slimspady (188) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour. Big white head. Grassy, yeast aroma of a saison. Taste is a little heavier though. Smooth and enjoyable.
BLADT (627) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
thornecb (4422) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
chucklemation (488) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
batneil (285) - - AUG 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent saison. Not as overpoweringly spicy as some saisons. Very dark and faintly fizzy.
Jamesthebrit (268) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2014
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
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.