fidelis83 (2167) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of cocoa, hints of roast and fruity, earthy yeast. Flavor is toast, nutty notes, cocoa, stone fruit, wet limestone, earth, leather, and clove heavy spice. Very strange combination. Light, dry body with a medium strength, sharp and blanketing carbonation. Pretty good overall. Even though this stuff isn’t really amazing or anything I kinda want to try out some Schwarzbier or Dry Stout over Saison, Black and Tan combinations.
ineedbeer (1162) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle.
Aroma is moderately roasty with a hint of chocolate and some nice nuttiness. Medium light fruit esters of plum and prune with some light raisin. Medium light pepper phenolics. Some toffee as it warms.
Pours dark brown, not quite black with a large, thick, tan head that steadily recedes. Moderately high lacing and small legs.
Flavor is fairly dry with a light roast and medium light chocolate note. Some toffee and nuts add a bit of complexity. Moderate bitterness. Medium fruit notes of raisin, cherry, plum and prune.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and somewhat watery. Medium high carbonation. Medium low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright dark saison, but there are definitely better ones out there. The flavor is a bit in complex, but the aroma is better. Could use something to thicken it up a bit too.
maekchu (2686) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark prunet nose, with light chocolate and a bit of coffee. Dark brown color, thin head, fine tan lace. Light tangy fruit in initial, thin graininess, red grapes, a dry finish. Thin-medium body. Pleasant and light on the fruit.
jgb9348 (5067) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown coloured body with lighter brown, amber and violet tints when held up to the light and a thinnish, one single centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of alcohol, nuts, earth, caramel, grapes and toffee. Light-bodied; Sharp metallic and raisin flavours up front with a subdued yeast note, hints of grass and sour malt and a little sweetness near the end. Aftertaste shows alcohol and light sweetness with the funky yeast and sour notes. Overall, an interesting beer to say the least, but nothing too pleasant - too odd on all levels to be cohesive throughout. Overall, not a horrible option, but definitely not worth searching out for - this one is largely a reputation rating for many people. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia on 12-September-2013 for US$2,99 sampled at home in Washington on 24-November-2014, while the bottle was brewed on 01-July-2013.
Brewed: 01-July-2013 // Purchased: 12-September-2013 // Sampled: 24-November-2014
wlajwl (4538) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is spices, citrus and a hint of dark malts. The flavor is citrus, fruit/berries, dark malts, spices and a sourish/mildly tart finish.
drjay44 (2936) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Black Saison per the label. Pours a thick, well retained, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 30) body....nose is cocoa, chocolate, hints of coffee, hints of cola (vanilla, cinnamon), light herbs.....taste is slightly sour to start, then light roasted malts, chocolate tones, hints coffee, lemon peel, light spices, with hints allspice, with light hop bitterness on the finish...mouth feel, light body, no alcohol, low acid, carbonation adds tingle. This is an interesting melange of a Schwarzbier and a Saison. I am not sure the combination really works, because so many features of aroma and flavor are in competition that the beer becomes utterly sloppy. Not every clever idea works out well. BJCP 7/3/10/4/6
Radek Kliber (6616) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where and how: bottle 355 ml
Aroma this is nice, mild fruit, black soil, coca, maple, black grape with dark
malts, hinted with ash.
Top: tanned creamy cap.
Base: almost black.
Palate : mild, mid bodied.
Taste: frontal accented with mild tart black currant. Back hinted with mild smoke.
other notes nice brew
Maverick34 (2556) - New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured dark with tan beige bubbles. Yeasty tartness then son dark malts. Interesting.
EithCubes (5215) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
BTLD 07/01/13, so fingers crossed. Nose is sweet and floral, dark roast, sweet, chocolate, malty. Dark brown pour with beautiful chestnut poking out from the far edges, an airy tan head. Taste airy, lightly sweet, light yeast, minerals, roast, faint fruit, strongly tart, not really any bitterness to counter the tartness or sweetness. Fullish body. It’s hard from the tartness levels to tell if this is infected as they are within saison boundaries, but the roast/Schwarzbier character is all but gone by this point, but then again, carbonation levels are appropriate. I love the idea of mashing these two styles
Luvystypotables (1016) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of malt, wet earth, cocoa and coffee, great looking beer dark brown with a short lasting off white head. Great sour taste with traces of malt, coffee and cocoa. Watery feel with a slightly metallic.
GTAEgeek (1445) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours black, with a small, bubbly, tan head. Light caramel and chocolate notes, with a significant tangerine aroma coming forward. Some notes of walnuts and orange peels. Some light bread and esters. Sweet, with a light citrusy tartness. Light to medium body, a little oily and thin, and acidic. Overall, this is a very interesting beer, but it’s a little weak, and the citrus and roasted notes don’t really work that well together.