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RATINGS: 791   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A black rye saison that combines a roasted/smoky malt character in balance with a pepper spice from the yeast. Finishes dry with a refreshing level of carbonation.

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3.2
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2011
22oz bottle split with McBerko. Pours a jet black tan head. Burnt tar aroma. Taste is burnt malt, rye, dried leaves, certainly a peppery note near the end. Alcohol seems hot for 6.0%. While black IPA’s seem to work in general a black saison doesn’t (unless there are better examples of one).

3.2
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2011
Really dark much more so than I expected. Some good lacing after the head finally disappated. Taste is banana, esters, some candy, and malts. I like this and it seems very different from a normal saison.

3.4
radagast83 (8193) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
January 3rd, 2011 (Pre-AB) 12oz bottle. This was an interesting beer. Poured a dark brown color, with a light tan head. Aroma was, well like a Belgian ale, touch of pepper and roasted notes. Flavor was a tad pepper, saison-like qualities. Would be an interesting beer after a few years.

3.8
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2011
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours an nearly opaque dark brown-black color with a small beige head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The aroma is moderate in strength with Belgian yeasts and dark roasted malts. The flavor is complex with roasted grains, mixed fruits, cocoa and mild spices. The palate is silky smooth and the carbonation is lively. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: I thought that this was a fair black saison.

2.7
mcberko (18434) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split with manuchampions, pours dark brown / black with a small beige head. Aroma of rye, peppercorn and dark malts. Flavour of iodine, ash / burnt notes, rye and pepper. No idea how this is a saison. Not too stimulating.

3.6
anderson01 (356) - Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2011
Black in color with an off white head. Outstanding lacing. The aroma consist of vanilla, caramel and grains. Watery on the palate. Has lively carbonation. There is a spicey finish to the beer. I was hoping for more of a peppercorn spice to it. It was a good beer though.

3.9
Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2011
22 oz. bottle- Pours almost black (weird for a saison) with a nice creamy tan head, again is this a saison. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee (again is this a saison?), there maybe some funky aromas in there, but it could be in my imagination. The flavor is more Belgian, yeast, banana esters, pepper, roasted malts, coffee. The description says roasted black saison, and I guess it matches that description, nice beer. Budweiser sucks!

3.3
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pour yields a nearly-black beer with a mocha-colored head and some nice retention. The nose has a bit of earth and pepper along with some Belgian yeast spiciness. The peppercorn really stands out in the nose, and that carries over into the flavor. A bit of roasted malt in the flavor along with some earthy woodiness. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of spice and good carbonation. Drinks fairly well. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-15-2011

3.7
Byrdman (41) - Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
Pours porter-like, red highlights. Head runs away. Ester/banana nose. Relatively flat, lots of malt. Careful hopping but interesting finish. Very nice

3.6
topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma is fruity sweet and roasty malt. Flavor is light roast malt, light banana, earthy, Belgian spice, and a bit of sourness.


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