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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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It is a ~8.5% ABV Black Saison. We fermented it with a Belgian saison yeast until it hit about 7% then we added our house ale yeast to finish it. Once it was done fermenting, we added it to new American oak barrels with a medium-heavy toast. Then we spiked it with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. The "Brett" is an isolated culture from Belgium that gives the classic barnyard, horse blanket character and pleasing tartness to lambic style beers. The tartness is mild but noticeable and adds a wonderful complexity to the beer. In alchemy, Philosopherís Stone is a reference to the substance believed to be able to turn metal into gold. Similarly, we believe we have taken a normal beer style and turned it into something extraordinary.


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsquire (3443) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Deep reddish brown color with a beige head. My sisters really liked it. Me, not so much. Tart barnyard nose with noticabel Brett. I finished the glass, and it was drinkable for a tart beer, but I thought this was a different style when I bought it. Tart, over ripe berry, soured orange juice, wet grass, and Iíll give it that it is subtle Brett, but it is still Brett. Julie loved it. Good for her.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Blackberry-currant-pomegranite-smoky-earthy flavor. Juicy and bitter. Licorice comes in as it breathes. Full flavored and low carbonation (too low). Interesting, but not very fulfilling.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is clear dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, popcorn), lightly yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard), with notes of cherry, cinnamon. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Unpleasant popcorn note, and not really too much by way of complexity. Overall pretty forgetful. The commercial description sure makes it sound exciting, doesnít it? But no.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2006
22oz bomber-A dark brown with no head and an aroma of malts, coffee, and a little smoke and fruit. Taste of swetness,tart, Bretts, and tartness on the back end. A different but nice tasting brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2006
dark brown with almost no head. aroma chocolate with a hint of coffee and smoke. sweet/tart concord grape flavor. tart green apple finish. roasted malt presence throughout. medium to full bodied. interesting but not as interesting as i had hoped.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2006
22oz bottle. Deep dark brown with a ruby garnet highlight. Musty malty nose. Coffee and popcorn. Floral and toffee aromas. Slight vinegar tartness. Fruity with notes of grapes and cherries. Slightly yeasty and musty. Dark roasted malts. Vanilla and cocoa notes, but mostly tart and sour dark fruit. Pruny and interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2006
One of the better offerings from the two bros, this "black Saison" looks like a Coke but with less carbonation and a smaller head. After the biting smell of hops, Iím a sucker for the funky aroma of Brett, and this has plenty of that over the scents of lightly roasted, sweet malts and a slight woodiness. The flavor is a bit more tame than the aroma, still with the funky sourness and lightly roasted malts but adding a bit of dried fruit, oak, and a hot spiciness. Very nice.

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Dark reddish-brown with light head. Aroma has roasted malts with light sweetness. Oak flavors detectable. A bit tart and rough, but surprisingly smooth. Better to let this one warm up a bit. Maybe aging will do it some good?

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2006
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with a short blurb and info on the right side of label. Poured a blackish coffee brown with a tiny foamy, bubbly head that quickly resides into a fine lacing. Aromas of wild musty yeast, woody, herbal nutty, toasted malty and a dark fruity esters. Moderate carbonation, too low and flat for my taste, and a tart, softly crisp, watery full bodied mouthfeel. For me, a confused taste, oak woody and watery tart cherries, a little earthy herbalness, a mix of toasted malts with a light dark roastiness, a watery mustiness and a toasted malty, watery tart finish. I found this experiment in taste to wind up being a failure, confused and too flat in carbonation for the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Deep brown with garnet hues. Essentially no head. A unique and enjoyable nose. Mostly roasted with a rather substantial smoke element, roasted malt, whole grains, light raisin and prune with almost no sweetness, vanilla, oak, tropical fruits and quite subdued Brett notes. A moderate body with virtually no carbonation leaves a little to be desired, but is good enough. The flavor is malty, but without much residual sweetness, and is accentuated by the unique yeast. Itís a bit tart with some definite acidity, but nothing like some of us are used to with other sour beers. I can see this actually resembling some of the traditional beers brewed before the advancements in santitation. Itís nice and malty with a dry finish and just a touch of tartness, but nothing that really distracts from the beer. The oak is quite mild and luckily untainted by whiskey or some other agent. Not as exciting as I initially hoped upon first hearing of the product, nor is it as disappointing as some made it out to be. Well worth a try; no question.


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