cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle served in a tulip. 2011 vintage. I really like this beer. Ultra complex saison thanks to all the additives and barrel treatment. Pours murky dark brown with a large milk chocolate head. Nose is full of tartness and wine notes from the cherries, brett, and pinot barrels. There’s oak, bourbon, chocolate, and roasted grain as well. All bright. The palate is much the same with the acidity really showing. Light-medium body, big carbonation, sticky yeasty texture, and a dry light bitter finish with bourbon heat. Deeelish. Is there a better saison out there... Alphadelic (2235) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Surprisingly dark. Heavy bourbon with thick red fruit underneath in the aroma, some funky tang in there too. It’s a little over carbonated (though this has been a year in a bottle) but the depth of flavour is phenomenal. Heavy cherry, black tea, buzzy yeast, grape leaf. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2012
This was fantastic! Even the epic styling of the brew itself gains points. Black Saison with Cherries in Pinot and Bourbon barrels?! EPIC. Orange reddish pour with a tanned red head. Hints of grass, brett, funk, tart cherry, and pinot come off the nose, but very daintily - in a good way. Similar notes on the palate with a bit more of the saison part of the brew coming out. Roast emerges, amongst the slight oaky vanilla tannins running around in there towards the gently hopped finish. It’s full, but not loud - something I can appreciate (from time to time at least). Pretty excellent if you ask me. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Very dark brown pour, tan head. Cool beer. Tart flavors, earthy tones, vanilla, bourbon, red wine, toothpick, raisins. Nest beer! boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2011 Revisited this 2010 vintage last night at The Beer Mongers for the Block 15 Ferme De La’ Ville release... and holy COW!!! Lactic acidity really took over with dark fruits and some roasted grain and oak tones. Quite delicious. It really improved so well with about a year of age. It was a real treat.
neepsntatties (1973) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2010
[Original Rating 3.9, 5/2/2010] Tap @ Cheers to Belgian Beers... Poured near black with a light, off-white head. Of course you expect some roast given the color, but lots of nice plummy and raisiny tones. Very wine-like. Vanilla flavors shined through once it started to warm up, probably from the oak and bourbon barrels. Some hops too, but nicely balanced by the sweet malts which created a cookie dough like sweetness.
Had this recently at the Cheers to Belgian Beers in Portland, OR. It was my, "best in show"! Colour... nearly black with a thin tan head. Nose... redolent of crushed cherries and violets with a lightly acetic character. Palate... loads of sappy oak (likely from the pinot noir barrels), crushed violet
blossoms, macerated cherries, light bramble fruits, cherry stones and stems, light phenols, charred cherry cobbler, burnt baking sugar and a helluva long finish. What a treat! jtclockwork (16443) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of vinous notes, oak, old wood, tart cherry, wild yeast, roasted black malt, cocoa, vanilla and some boot leather in the nose. Wonderfully complex and smooth. Medium body. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle from Dak. Aroma is wine, cherry, and chocolate. Taste is tart with cherries. Very tasty. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Tap at Sixteen Tons. Poured dark brown with a reddish tinge, solid tan head and lacing. Aroma was bourbon, cherries, oak, vinous notes, light yeast. Tasted of yeast, oak, cherries, bourbon, vinous notes, a light roastiness. A whole hell of a lot going on here. Thick, oily mouthfeel and a nice warming presence in the gut. Enjoyed this beer a lot, I really need to get out to Corvallis again soon. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle with Carla from Belmont Station. Pours deep brown with quickly dispersing foam. Smells tart with a hint of sweetness and maybe a little tart cherry. Tastes sour with hints of choclate, cherry, and a little bourbon.