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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2012
22oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours a lightly hazed, glowing deep ruby-brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is really interesting. Some bretty funk, a lightly sweetened bready malt backing, an array of fruits with plums, pears, and somewhat tart cherries, a moderate oak, a touch of roast, a light peppery spicing, and some hibiscus flowers. Flavor is similar. Light funk and fruit notes with plums and pears up front before a lightly sweetened, bready malt backing comes in. Some flowers, oak, a bit of a peppery yeast spicing, and a light cheesiness in the middle before this finishes dry and lightly bitter with a light cherry tartness, some funk, a light roast, wood, a light cocoa, pepper, and a light malt sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a really interesting and unique beer with a lot going on. Some funk, barrel notes, yeasty pepper, bready malts, cocoa, dark fruits with a bit of a tartness, roast, and flowers all balanced really well with nothing being too prominent. Dry and pretty clean with a light sweetness keeping this easy drinking and enjoyable. Solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours brown black copper color with a nice tight soapy white head that dissipates to a wispy film and collar. Aroma has a nice farmhouse scent with some light citrus and malt notes which consist of lemon and fresh baked bread. Taste has subtle funky farmhouse along with a gentle tart brett flavor and bitterness and some plum dark fruit notes along with some roasted malt. Palate has a full and drying finish. Quite nice and unique!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Retro release 9 o 15, thanks to secret Santa. Murky walnut color with fine creamy white foam, yeasty herbal aroma , flavor is yeast, roasted nuts, hoppy with nice finish

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2013
750ml bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear nut brown with a bringt ruby hue. Aroma is tart and funky. Taste is light sweet and light tart. Super funky. Ok, this may be one of the better two brothers brews that ive had. Very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5370) - Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2014
22 oz bottle from backlog notes 07. Pours dark brown with reddish highlightsand a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have some roast, grass, funk, Brett, light chocolate, barnyard, wood,, fairly interesting beer from these guys, no sign of the abv.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2007
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 can’t place. A blueberry sourness lingers. 4 7 7 3 15

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
this was very much a dark saison, with some chocolate, coffee, strawberry, raspberry, and some crazy funk

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle sampled at the hampton thanks to xnoxhatex for bringing this. Pours a dark brown with a off white head. Sour fruit in the nose, cherry and a little chocolate. Sour fruit flavors as well brett, oak, tart and dry. I tried this when it came out and there was so much chocolate that it made for a strange and unbalanced beer. But now the chocolate is in but a hint as the brett seems to have devoured most of those sugars and left a sourness that balances the sweet and spice out well. Decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3442) - 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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