hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from a shared bomber. Aroma is tart fruit, horsehair like funk, and some dark malts. Taste is more reserved than the aroma, but still pleasant enough with light funkyness, tart fruits, a touch of dark/sweet malts. lingering slight astringent grains and tart fruit.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
this was very much a dark saison, with some chocolate, coffee, strawberry, raspberry, and some crazy funk
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured brown with golden highlites. Aroma of sour cherries with some saison spiciness. Flavor has a bit of horseblanket funk, mild tartness, a balanced sweetness, and some dark fruits. Nice smooth flavor, though I found myself wishing the taste could have been as potent and complex as the aroma.
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black w/a thin grayish head that rings the glass. Decidedly bretty nose with a touch of roasted marshmallow. Honeyed sour flavor, a floral spice note I canít place. A blueberry sourness lingers.
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bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of plum, grape juice, and woodiness. Flavor of oak, brett, dark malts, and spices. Much better than expected.
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bottle: Deep brown w/a lasting light beige, thin white head. Initial aroma is brett! I thought it was a mistake until I read the description! Why the Brett:? Iíll answer that one shortly! Barnyardy, horsey brett character dominates at first, then second, and as the afternoon DJís @ WMMS say... "and cut"! Grainy malt w/ a hint of roast is the only saving grace in aroma beyond the brett! The flavor is well balanced, which includes the brett tartness, hint of roasty nutty malt, and bit of late herbal hop flavor. Beyond that, the semi dry finish is rather boring but earthy. Aftertaste is tart malt and brett. Medium carbonation, medium thin m/f, well hidden alcohol, dry m/f. Wow, Iíd asked why the brett? Because w/o it, this would probably be a fairly lifeless beer! Sorry 2 Bros, but this is the first one of your beers Iíve really not cared for! And, not to beat a dead horse, but a saison should have some of itís own characteristics with yeast, and not be brett dominant!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nearly opaque with red edges. Foamy thick ring of bubbles. Nose-very yeasty and bready, fruity. Smells like a sourdough starter with brett. Taste-rusty, metal, low acid, iron, tea, cherry, dark cardamom, herbal, raisin, white grape, very light funk, light oaky tannins.
Bartzilla (515) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
What a pleasant surprise. I didnít bother to really read up about this before trying it out. Iím a fan of the bretts and while I was expecting something of a darker nature, was thrilled to get some puckering up from the bretts. A good ale, but not for everyone. Iíd definitely drink this again.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle shared with Bartzilla. Black liquid, with no head. Very little carbonation. Starts off well enough, like a spicy saison, but something in the finish didnít sit well with me. Brett flavors are pronounced, but not overbearing. Not terrible, not good. Bartzilla liked this one, I didnít.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle from Armanettiís in Antioch, IL (October 2006) imbibed at cellar temperature from a Corsendonk glass. Near opaque, slightly bubbly cola appearance, fizzy head dies very quickly to leave a very thin ring, no appreciable lacing....licorice, roasty and burnt malts, bitter chocolate and light earthy-spice notes would seem to make for a very nice aroma but theyíre all curiously flat and subdued, never melding into anything harmonious or interesting, and the yeast is not apparent, no real "Belgian" character noticeable....sour cherry and grapy qualities dominate the body, reminiscent more of a schwarzbier than anything else, or perhaps a light-bodied and dry Baltic porter; malts are thin and the body weak with low tingly carbonation....on the whole, not very saison-like at all though kind of interesting in itís way; but Iíve had a couple of better "black" saisons just in the last month from local brewers and this sucker just doesnít cut it.