porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330 ml bottle from Rising Tide) Pours dark brown, nearly opaque, perhaps hints of a dark red/rust hue. Two finger tan head recedes to a thin lasting layer. Aroma of dark fruity vinousness and cooked sugar. Mouthfeel smooth, light thin, a touch fizzy. Flavor is boozy, hot, red wine and dark chocolate. Refined and unrefined at the same time.
mixmasterob (877) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught @ Cypress Street. Dark ruby red/brown pour. No head. Aroma was full of sweet malt, quite nutty, light belgian yeast. Lots of dark fruit too, figs. Flavors were sweet candy sugar, dark malt and some yeasty flavors. Gained complexity as it warmed. Big smooth body with light carbonation. Tasty stuff, like a big dubbel.
HonkeyBra (3060) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Murky brown pour with medium sized off white head. Aroma is very fruity, lots of Belgian yeast esters. There is some candi sugar. Some flowery notes. Pretty nice. Flavor of dark fruitys: plums, figs, raisins. Nice belgian yeast notes. The wheat gives it some bubblegum and banana notes. Medium bodied. Pretty lively carbonation. Finishes on a yeasty fruity note. Pretty great, well-balanced, belgian-styled beer.
mumares (98) - BELGIUM - APR 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with a good egg coloured head. Aroma is sweet, fruity (banana) and spices (pepper, coriander) Not very balanced, lots of alcohol. Also some bitterness in the end. Feels confused and a bit of a let down for me.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy brown color with a small, creamy, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, spices, clove, banana, a bit of cocoa, and light alcohol. Taste of spices, caramel malts, cocoa, clove, nuts, banana, bread, and light alcohol in the finish.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle brought to the first Idar-Oberstein, Germany local tasting. It really is chestnut colored. Nice pine and cotton candy aroma. Taste is cocoa, coffee grounds, pine resin. Very nice stuff.
shrubber85 (6803) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at First German Ratebeer gathering at Idar Oberstein courtesy of Travlr. Chocolate malt and pine aroma. Cloudy brown color with moderate head. Sweet chocolate toffee malt and moderately bitter pine hops flavor. Excellent blending. Spectacular.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís a really murky pour out of the bottle and settles in as a ruddy brown. Head is creamy and hangs on for a while with a bit of lacing.
Aroma is sweet and floral, as in flowers, not floral hops. In addition to the perfume-like aromas, there is a light chocolate malts aroma and some spicy Belgian yeast.
The taste has an interesting herbal kick up front, some flowers with cinnamon and other spices mixed in. The malts are in control underneath but the finish brings back the bitter herbal flavors, almost medicinal in character.
The mouthfeel is really nice, thick and creamy for a saison with strong carbonation.
Overall, itís another really creative brew from Stillwater, but itís not nearly as good as A Saison Darkly, which I really enjoyed. The spices and herbs bring a nice complexity but donít exactly come together for me. Still tasty.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Chris for this one... I can tell De Struise did not have much of a hand in brewing this...dirty dark brown with a light tan head... nose of floral wheat with tons of banana... the taste more spice with a banana backbone... wouldnít have again
Cybercat (2912) - Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a firm hint of caramel and a touch of hops. It pours an inviting opaque chocolate brown with a slim pale head. Flavor is yeasty, wheaty and malty and has an undertone of caramel, hoppy and nutty hints, and a fairly strong alcohol nip. Texture is smooth, edgy and minimally fizzy. Finish has a whisper of sweetness within the alcohol bite.