dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
Pours like a cola with a foamy tan head. Light smoke aroma, some citrus. Hoppy flavour, really lacking a great saison yeast taste, some coffe flavours. Hmmm fine beer, but I’m not tasting what they’re selling. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Oily black pour with a thin brown head. This beer smells exactly like grilled mushrooms. Smokey, vegetal, fungal, slight pepper on the nose. Flavor is lightly smoked and peppery, but kind of thin and weird. Not very good. ryanscourt (1571) - 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. kapusil (1563) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 28, 2013
0.355l bottle.Dark brown/black body with a nice beige head. Aroma of champagne yeast with lots of chocolate and cherries. Flavor of smoke, champagne and cherries. The finish is smoky and dry. It’s one of the most interesting beers I’ve ever had. It really has the yeasty, dry character of a saison but the extra ingregients make it very complex, yet easy drinking. It’s awesome. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Interesting hybrid. Saison base with a black IPA overlayer. I'm not sure if I'd say the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, but it's definitely not lesser. Overall, I'm intrigued and think it's good -- can't pigeonhole it or truly compare it to saisons or black IPAs.
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ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2012
A - Dark black, hint of brown, finger frothy tan-khaki head. Fades medium.
S - Roasted caramel malts, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, coffee, Belgian yeast, spices, pepper, earthy hops.
T - Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, earthy hops, mild bitterness, Belgian yeast, pepper, other spices, vanilla, and smoke.
M - Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey and roasty finish.
D - Nicely balanced dark saison. The smoke is a nice touch. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 11, 2013
12/6/12 notes: bottle, $3. Pours dark brown-black with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma of crushed saltine cracker, dried herbs and flowers, white pepper. A nice blend of saison yeast and noble hops. Flavor starts carefully, revealing rather simple notes of dry, semi-sweet toasted malts, bits of smoke, a dribble of hop brightness. A mustiness pervades, characteristic of many saisons. But before anything familiar is conjured, hop and char bitternesses come to bite, a bit abruptly, leading into a dry, desolate finish. Overall, there are elements of this beer that work (the nose), that don’t match (the finish), and that get along fine (mid flavors). harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Found this at Bottleworks, bottled 26OCT12
Black with a light tan etch across the surface. Smells of earth, yeast, clay, some light smoke, some cocoa, and a touch of tobacco. Flavor is light, some oaky mesquite character earthy yeast and a little bit of alcohol and some bitterness. Medium body with light carb and a semi dry finish. Not really into it. Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle at home poured into a snifter. Deep brown to black in color, rather thin looking with a mild one-half finger head that was brief. Not much lacing. The aroma was raosted malts, slight smokieness (nothing like a true raushbier), bread, cereal, and dark fruits. The taste is more like mild roasted malts, not much campfire, bread, slight pine hoppiness, and some dark prune or plums. Overall the taste was fine but a little underwhelming in flavors. Thin body, easy to drink. Finish is slightly roasted malts and a little hop bitterness. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Wow, this is a dark saison. It looks more like a stout, with a solid, black color and a cream-colored head that produces some fabulous lacing. The nose provides some smooth, gentle smoked malts atop a roasty saison yeastiness. The flavor is less desirable but still very nice and not overly roasted to be bunking with the obviously saisonish yeast. It’s bright and spicy in the mouth, full and tasty, and reminiscent of fresh, unmolested oak. The roasted malts seem well-hidden in the finish and offers a very nice, clean, charred, soft, woody impression on the palate and a smoky sweetness in the finish. This is my kind of saison!