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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2007
(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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (11874) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (11092) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured dark brown color with a minimal frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Heavy tart fruit, citrus, licorice and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Medium complex balanced flavor with a medium sour finish of long duration. Interesting once.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/18/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

clear dark brown, scant head, huge funky malt aroma with lots of barnyard character and a slight tartness, dark malt flavor, lots of tartness, musty character is well balanced with the dark malts, light woody character,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8569) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle shared by notalush. Deep brown, no tan head. Aroma is fairly fruity, lightly sour with a soft light toffeeish aroma, but there is something vaguely indistinct about it as well. A lot of oaky character, dill-like woodiness. Flavour is better than the aroma with a nice fruitiness, cherry and berry as well as a light herbal character. Soft sourness on the back.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2012
A pretty weak one in this series. First of all an 8.5% saison? 2nd a black one? And the brett doesn’t add anything, this one falls flat on its face.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2008
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2007
Pours a transparent mahogany ruby with a thin ring of spotty tan head. Aroma of tart fruity cherries and slightly biscuity malt with some funky barnyard character. Starts with a nice, lightly caramel malty sweetness with a good fruity cherry character and a touch of horseblanket. Finishes fairly full with nice balance and sweet tartness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6353) - 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, doesn’t it? But no.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle and served in my Duval glass: Deep brown hue with a thin frothy head that left good lace upon the glass, The aroma has notes of light brett induced funk and sourness, cherry, mineral essence, wood, smoky malts and dark breads. The taste is sour has expect but hardly over-the-top and works well within the framework of the brew with a malts more a backdrop. Again, much like the sourness, the funk is very much kept in check and adds a nice depth. The finish is dry, woody, and a touch burnt. The mouth feel is lively and refreshing. This beer is greater as a whole that the parts let on and is vastly underrated IMO. If you are a fan of Flemish Sours it should be a must try.


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