markoijelena (943) - Belgrade, SERBIA - APR 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0.75l at Cika Boban Tasting in Vranovo Serbia.01.04.2015.Taste with cika Boban himself and my bro ippopotamo36!Thank you Alberto for this bottle.Pour it dark cola color with small white head.On the nose coffee.Taste and aroma of roasted feel,dark fruits,clove,smoke little bit.Perfect carbonation.Very good balanced.
ippopotamo36 (599) - Rome, ITALY - APR 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At a great tasting in Vranovo-Serbia, with markoijelena and cika Boban. Bottle. Courtesy of Phil from Japan, thank you. Pours dark brown coffee bean-like, medium ivory foamy head. Nose: it has such a charming nose, mild grounded coffee, dry fruit. Mouth: saison background in a coffee environment. How good!
GenkiGonzo (506) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2015 Bottle from the brewery. Super dark brown, big off-white head that lasts. Aroma is mostly fruit and yeast. Flavour has some nice roasted malts. Very understated red wine finish. Could do with some maturation.
GenDV138 (2713) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small glass on draft at Craftheads, leftover from the Shiga Kogen anniversary event. Black with beige head. Aromas of earthy notes, light roast, caramel. Tastes of earthy notes, dark chocolate, light roast, sweet dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.
presario (4784) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick brown head with diamonds reflecting the light. Dark brown liquid. Quiet scent builds with warmth; dark whisky malt. Flavour is light for dark beer, Saison notes are list, smooth creamy liicorice with some chocolate.
DuffMan (7467) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2014 by Derek I believe. Muddy brown body, effervescent light brown head. Raisins, dark sugary fruits, lightly phenolic. More toward an abbey dubbel style. Odd, but intriguing.
dfearnley (1153) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to goblet at RBAG14
Plum, citrus, rose, and earth. Dark brown with a thin, creamy off white head. Dark brown, a little sludgy, thin off white head. Taste is plum, mace, and some nutmeg. I love Japan!
Ferris (6745) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Perfumy, flowery and a nice herbal. Jet black with a rich beige head. Light malts, plum, fig and flowery. An odd beer for sure.
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black saison! Draft at Ushitora in Tokyo. Coffee and caramel and cream notes in aroma and taste. Nice dry palate of the saison, but metallic and wineous finish. Interesting combo, but falls a bit flat.
Wombata (472) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask ale version
Aroma: coffee, bitter chocolate, peach
Flavor: bitter sweet coffee, pear, turned to mildly sweet pear and red berry on the mid-palate, bitter chocolate and lasting coffee on the finish
Comment: the taste shifts from an initial bitterness to a moderate sweetness and then back to a bitterness on the finish. At the same time, I perceived the body’ as going from light to medium to light.