italarican (1500) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Blind Tiger. Pour is a surprisingly purplish brown with little head to speak of. Initial aroma of diet coke, but as it opens up, more cherry and strawberry comes through. Flavor is similar to the aroma: some tart fruit with a background of diet coke. Fades off the palate quickly. Frankly, this was weird, but I sort of dig it.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight brown pour, small head, Fruit, slight funk,sweetness, could have had better flavor, not bad, but just lacking in what was expected,ok
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lightly murky brown/golden color with little head. Aroma was of medium spice and sweet malt with some fruity yeast. Flavor was pretty good and balanced between malt and Belgian yeast. No hop character. Good brew.
Ughsmash (7247) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured clear iced tea brown with a coppery shimmer to it.. not much sticking around for head. The aroma had plenty of funky cherry vinegar, sour oak, and tannic notes with baker’s chocolate and caramel sweetness behind.. this opened up as it warmed, and I really dug the cherry dust in there. The flavor had a solid Brett character with funky vinegar and rustic old barn wood notes.. cherry dust re-emerged and worked alright, but just a tad stale.. some chocolate and toffee sweetness behind, which didn’t do a whole lot for me. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with moderate-to-higher sourness.. this seemed to be holding up OK, but I’m having trouble finding a black saison I really like.
TURDFERGUSON (4003) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from someone at the ratebeer table Saturday at BCTC. Thanks! Pour is brown with a whispy white lace. Nose is slightly sour, with a bit of yeast, and a good amount of woody oak. Flavor has a watery sourness to it, more yeast, oak, and a bit of brett. As Paul said, this may be on the downslide. Still glad to try it though.
drfabulous (4406) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Like a big ole cola. Lots of pepsi in it. I don’t know what is going on with this beer. Little taste. Brett not used properly. Saison? No way. Very confusing beer.
pumpkinheart (63) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle into Tulip glass. Pours very thick. Sports a color that is the darkest possible brown, mere degrees off from black. Held up to white it appears black, but light shown beautiful ruby-violet color. Head is a couple fingers of off-white that dissipates after a brief period to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is raisins, dark fruits and a tinge of maltiness. Definitely makes an interesting first impression. Flavor is tart, to be sure. Much caramel and some slight roastiness. An abundance of the dark fruits, almost like a wine or cordial. Not in the least bitter, not in the least proud of it’s ABV. Did leave a thick coating on the mouth, although it was really not unpleasant. This was a sipper for me, and I will need to try more of the style to see how it compares. Absolutely seems to have aged quite well; I’m fortunate, I suppose, to have been able to buy mine just recently already aged. In any event, this proved a nice contrast to the usual, particularly at only $5.99 for the bomber (and that’s in 2008 dollars, not 2006).
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz, no date, though I believe it was a one-off from ’06. Archer Liquors ran out before I could put an order in, and I got this bottle late Summer ’07 from someone in the Mystery Swap 2.0. Thanks! Clear deep ruby--black in the glass--with a one finger beige head, low retention (faded to a ring within seconds). Aroma of roasted malts and leathery funky barnyard, some caramel and lemon. So far, so good. Flavor starts with roast for just a moment and then the tart lemony funk of the brett kicks in. At this beer’s age, I don’t think the brett could go too much further. There is some oak in the semi-dry roasty lemony finish. Bitterness peaked at a 2. Absolutely no hint of the 8.5% ABV. Light to moderate carbonation with a medium body. This was not the most complex beer I’ve had, but this was tasty--reminded me of a lighter version of JP Madruga Obscura if memory serves correctly. I am usually disappointed with about all that Two Brothers releases, but this one was actually quite nice--it lived up to its description this time!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20070120 Sampled at Paul’s. Very nice black saison that is rich and pruny but maybe a touch on the sweet side. Could be drier. Tart, musty, woody finish redeems.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 seems too dark to even be barely translucent but held to strong light, it permeates....and its even an interesting tinge of violet. this is echoed in the flavor....while i searched for yeast or dryness, or even dark malts or any kind of oaked character i was met with a very strange sweetness that was nearly grape in flavor! its certainly tart, reminicent of red wine cut or some kind of black cherry lambic. the most disappointing thing to me was the subdued oak character, and the fact that it doesn’t seem to carry much of a saison character. still a very unique and drinkable beer