blankboy (6045) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle [355ml]. Pours a very dark amber-brown with a large lasting frothy tan head. Aroma is yeasty, sugary sweet and roasty along with pepper, dark fruit, cocoa and earthy notes. Slightly watery flavour follows the aroma along with a hint of metal and/or sourness. The Farmhouse quality of the beer comes out slightly more in the flavour. Light to average bodied. Just good, I didn’t love it.
GODiSSOUTHERN (359) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dry very light beer with roasted malt. A touch of sour. Some light chocolate and coffee in the finish.
MacBoost (1273) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, $3/12oz. Pours a pretty thin looking black with an off white looking head that faded quickly. Im getting some Belgian type yeast notes in the nose along with some light roast. Neate. Taste is kind of Schwarzbier-like, but how the H can it be a Schwarzbier if its top fermented? Beats me. We are all going to be sucked into the vortex...
skoisirius (1711) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at The Trappist, Oakland. Fairly flat pour, dark black, not much head. Rather interesting. Dark in color, light in complexity and alcohol, yet rather seducing. Little hints of roast, chocolate malts, burnt toast, and maybe just the slightest touch of barnyard...blended beautifully, but barely. I liked it.
crossovert (7387) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a huge fan. It isn’t a schwarzbier and not even close. Kind of a Belgian dark.
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours deep brown with an off white head. Lightly roasted malts, some nutty sweetness, faint chocolate, and wisps of spicy yeasts. Really clean and balanced. Delicious.
theisti (3235) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shaker pint draft at Pinocchio’s in Media, Pennsylvania. The pour is black along with some brown ruby. Smallish light tan head. The aroma is roast, light char, straw and a bit of spice yeast. The taste is an interesting mix of the Schwarz roast. light char notes and the straw, grass and yeast of the base Saison. The palate is light bodied with soft carbonation and a mineral spice yeast dry finish. Interesting and fun experiment of a beer.
ReggieDunlap (3069) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head. aroma is subdued but roasty with mild cocoa and a bit of dark fruit...all very faint. flavor follows suit and adds good bitterness...spicy/grassy hops...dark fruitiness subtley cuts in. mouthfeel is light/medium and lively with a roasty/dark fruity/charred finish that lingers.
mcberko (6418) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head - looks like a stout. Nose brings out lots of roasted malt, some earthy notes, a touch of farmhouse character, and some unsweetened cocoa. Flavour is quite sophisticated, bringing out typical black saison qualities above all - with roasted malt, farmhouse notes, earth, along with some highly astringent citrus notes on the finish. Drinks more like an astringent citrusy black saison rather than a hybrid with a schwarzbier. The more you drink, the more astringent and almost sour the finish becomes, which throws it off a bit. Still very solid, but could do with less citric / astringent qualities.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with a creamy tan head. Sweet grainy chocolate and caramel aroma. Good creamy palate. Tastes of chocolate, drip coffee, and roasted grain with a hint of fruit and vanilla.