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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, Philosopher’s 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 14, 2010
22oz bottle. Poured a nearly opaque dark brown color with ruddy highlights. The head was a few fingers high and light brown with decent retention. Smelled predominantly of white wine vinegar, fruity Pez candy, and roasty malt. There were also whiffs of bacon and cereal grain. Medium bodied with mixed sweetness and acidity up front. Carbonation was pretty well preserved in this aged beer. Acidity at the end that lingered after the finish. Tasted of oaky apple cider vinegar with a hint of roasted malt. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nickls (1816) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 17, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap at Blind Tiger 7/29/09) Deep, dark brown (nearing on black) color; poured with virtually no head. Kinda looked like soy sauce. Vinegary with a touch of yeast and spice. Sour; tart; bit of dark fruits; more like a lambic or sour at this point, but in a good way. hin; next-to-no carbonation; OK, but not great. Decent enough drinking; like the tartness and wasn’t too heavy on any one account.. Overall, definitely not a typical saison, but was interesting enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
Bomber shared at Funky 5 2009. Pours a nice mineral charcoal brownish gray with a somewhat fluffy off beige head- slightly diminishing with some lace. Aroma is very earthy, funky brett, very minerally, chalky, slate, dust, wet rich soil and dirt, woody, old rotting oak, wine-like, tannins, cherry pit, dusty chocolate malt, and some dank horsey funk. Flavor is more brett, and wine barrel with dark roasted malts, slightly nutty, but dried out such that the chocolate and darker malts are fading and thinning out giving way to the barrel and the funk- mineral and sharp in the end with a mild acidity, saline, olive brine and more horse funk! Still pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
22oz bottle from Andrew... Pours a dark reddish caramel brown with a soapy white head... Sweet and Brett grapefruity aroma, sweet with honey and sugariness... Lightly tart with earthy pineapple flavors and grapes perhaps... Creamy mouthfeel and goes down well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Bottle. Dark color with a small head. Aroma is sweet, malty, touch of tartness, brett funk and wood. Flavor is similar, very dry and a little sour and sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Tap at the Blind Tiger. 2006. No head. Tart grape, and lots of oak aroma. Lightly buttery, slick, vanilla. Sour cherry flavor that is very lactic. No brett here, just pure oaky sour. This is a far more succesful sour (unintentionally) than their direct attempt called Moaten.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Tap at Blind Tiger. Aroma is of sourness with some slight sweeter fruits. Flavor is sour with candy sugars and some citrus fruits.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10543) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2009
This was a funky beer. It was certainly a unique beer but the flavors simply didn’t do a lot for me. It’s just a preference thing. I had thisbeer on tap at Blind Tiger. It poured a deep,dark brown and had a thick consistency nearing the syrup realm. Flavor was sour, or tart, and smacked of cherries and malt. The sourness really took me by surprise. A truly interesting taste. I would like to try this beer again to see how I respond a second time.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Tap at BT. Aroma of grape, plum, raisin bread maltiness. Flavor is increasingly cherry along with the other dark fruits with a honey sweetness and a dry fruit sourness as spices increasingly assert themselves to compete with the almost sugary honey presence. Quite interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with no head. Aroma of light sourness and sour candies. Flavor is very sour, with barnyard and yogurt notes. This tasted much more like a sour ale than a saison (I guess because of the brett). It was decent and drinkable but not very complex. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)


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