BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured a lightly hazy chestnut brown with a half inch off-white head that receded to a thin layer. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, pumpkin, some earthy yeast, a soft fruitiness, and a myriad of spices (sage, nutmeg, pepper). Smooth, moderately sweet entry with hints of brown sugar leads into an interesting middle with notes of pumpkin and some light fruit (mainly apple, some plum) that transition into an earthy yeastiness that explodes with a number of spices (sage and pepper) and a moderate earthy hoppiness that combine to create a moderately dry, flavorful finish. Moderate carbonation and smooth mouth feel that finishes with a traditional saison crispiness. Overall, a well made holiday beer that doesn’t just taste like a muddled spice rack poured into a based saison. A really enjoyable beer, I can’t wait to try more of their stuff.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting at CBF. Clear amber brown with almost nonexistent head. Aroma of spices and sweet fruit, Belgian influence is prevalent. Flavor fairly sweet with notes of ginger and cinnamon spices and pumpkin pie.
RSRIZZO (1882) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at the All Colorado Beer Festival in Colorado Springs on 11/7/09. Color is a deep brown with average carbonation and a small tight head. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Starting with a lighter medium body it goes down light and easy. Finish has a pumpkin pie spice taste with cinnamon, clove and a little coriander. Overall its an interesting brew with bold flavor.
BeerandBlues2 (10608) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours clear amber with an average, fizzy off-white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted grain), average hop (herbs, grass), average yeast (earth, leaves) with notes of pumpkin, plum, date, apple, pear, pepper, coriander, cinnamon, and ginger. Medium bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.