marcus (10137) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a disappearing dark beige head and an earthy anise aroma. There is a somewhat bitter chocolate and burnt treacle flavor. Interesting and very tasty. Tastes nothing like a saison aside from a faint yeasty fruitiness at the finish. crossovert (12613) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Thin and watery, not much smoke, not much spice, not much hoppiness. Not sure what they were going for. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2012
12oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a black colored body with a slight ruby hue and a finger-width, creamy and frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bready yeast up front with some fruity esters, a somewhat sweet malt backing, smoke, clove and pepper, and some earth. Flavor is similar. Lightly sweetened, bready malts up front before a good amount of yeast comes in with a few clove phenols, pepper, and fruity esters. Smoke and earth come on more towards the end with a light roastiness as this finishes dry, moderately bitter, and somewhat ashy with a good amount of yeast and a bit of a sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, creamier body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer, but a pretty tasty one. Nicely balanced between the malt sweetness, yeast, smoke and roast, and earthy hops keeping this dry and easy drinking. Not bad at all. Chudwick (3175) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2012
UPDATED: APR 8, 2013 12oz bottle compliments of AndyReynolds - pours deep amber with beige head and decent lacing. Nose is yeast and hay. Flavor adds bread, spices, slight booze, roasty and light smoke. Nothing like the last experience. Odd but yet interesting.
Draft - pours dark amber with tan head and great lacing. Nose is cancelled by andyreynolds’ fruity pumpkin pie soap and the scented candles here at dutch’s. I’m getting smoky vanilla. Flavor adds smoke, citrus and yeast. Dry. Moderate bitterness. Not like any saison I’ve ever had. 12/19/2012 8/4/8/4/15 or 3.9. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle purchased at Stone World Bistro, and consumed in Minnesota (like that even matters). Booze and dark fruit greet the nose. Smells awfully boozy for an ABV <7%. But turns out after first sip that what I detected as booze was actually smoke that is quite obvious now. Surprised I didn’t detect it after opening the bottle since you can smell the smoke from a couple of feet away. Almost fully opaque black body with some faint reddish brown notes when held up to light. Thin light tan head that appears lighter in stark contrast to the pitch black liquid below. Leaves an intriquite lace. Served a little cold (by me) and so after letting it warm a bit the complexity of the flavors emerge and impress. Hops and smoke in the same beer?!? Unfortunately my conscience may force me to share my second bottle with wellestone, for whom those two flavor profiles are 2nd to none. Add to that some brett to make it a dark saison and you have a triangulation of collaboration. Well done to all three brewers.
bluejacket74 (1991) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, smoke, coffee, peppery spice, and some bittersweet chocolate. It tastes like roasted malt, earthy hops, vanilla, coffee, peppery spice, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and has good carbonation. To me it seems more like a porter or a stout than a saison, but I’m not complaining. I thought this was a good brew overall. $3.99 a bottle. ryanscourt (1453) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2012
12 oz pour from bottle. Fairly dark brown. Never had a dark saison before. Some maltiness followed by saison spiciness but overtaken by hop bitterness. Some lingering smokiness but aftertaste is mostly dry and bitter. Pretty good but not as unique flavors as I was expecting and a lot more bitter. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2012
12-oz. Pours black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Not much lace. Big smoke sweet nose, smells like smoked black liquorice jerky. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Campfire, ash, and black liquorice on the mid-palate. Ashy salty campfire finish. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2012
12oz bottle I think that I picked up while in NY. Aromas of light smoke, some bready yeast, some light roast and chocolate too. Flavors of chocolate, roast, bread, fair amount of yeast, and light smoke. Body seemed a touch thin. Solid beer like almost everything else in this series. Reid (2527) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2012
12oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem.
Black beer with a nice tan head..lovely.
Nice smokey aromas..like crispy roasted ham , a hint of saison and some light hop.
Taste is more sweet grapefruit hop and a little saison dryness..the smoke for some reason is not so pleasing inn the taste as it was in the nose..more ashy.
Nice juicy mouthfeel.
Nice unusual beer