JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Sample at Clybourn. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Peppery nose with a bit of funk and dark malty sweetness. Sweet malty flavor gives way to peppery yeast and a semi-tart fruit finish. burica2020 (22) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Tap at Goose Island on Clybourn. Dark Black/Brown with a white-ish head. Slight fruit flavor, more malt/spice though. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Draft at Clybourn. Poured a nearly opaque dark brown color with orange highlights. The head was thin and tan. Smelled of brown sugar, light roasty malt, and a bit of chocolate. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with a subtle, but odd, tart note. I wasn’t particularly fond of the flavor profile with dilute coffee and adhesive tape dominating. BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Black pour with red highlights in the light. White-ish head. Nose was grain and fruit. Taste is dark fruit, some Belgian character, and a dry finish. Decent. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2009
On tap at Clybourn. Woohoo rating #10. Pours a very dark but clear glowing mahogany with a fine dense off-white foamy head. Aroma is super perfumy, a bit vinous, like old red wine, oxidized fruity, full and sticky, vanilla, cat piss, some hard roast and coffee. Flavor is super weird, cat piss, bubble-gum, hard roast, coffee, just odd.
hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2009
On Cask @ CLY. Poured a backish cola with lasting beige head. My first belgian black saison. Dark aromas of fruits and malts. Taste is dense malts some spices and a bit of a hop presence. Finish was strange, kinda like burnt charcoal water. Different. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2009
On cask at GI cly. Opaque black with light ruby tint with creamy, small tan head. Aroma is banana and slightly grainy, big yeast with some alc and roast. Flavor is bubblegum, yeast, alc, cloying, weird. Cask carbonation with slight wateriness. Slightly strange but since the black saison style isn’t really all that established yet, there really isn’t that much to compare it to. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
On tap at Goose Clybourn. Poured deep reddish-brown with a very well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma was sweet and bright with some pine bitterness over primarily caramel and some semi-sweet chocolate.. didn’t do much for me. The flavor did even less for me.. drier light fruit and caramel sweetness with spicy pepper and clove on the edges.. finished spicy as well.. the malts & yeast used here did not play well together. Oddly bitter and not very well balanced on the palate.. bit dry. JPDIPSO (6287) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Dark brown with a light tan head. Scents of dark fruit and black malts. Flavors of chocolate, a bit of spice, some tart fruit and earthiness work their way into the flavors. Seems to hit the norm in belgian blacks as of late. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2008
tap at GI clybourn....very porter-like in appearance. dark brown cola with a dissipating light brown head....sour fruits with some grassiness make up the nose....some sour tart fruits and light bitter earthiness contribute to the flavors can’t say that this is very saison-iike at all but still glad to have tried it.