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RATINGS: 799   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Deep brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is malt, pepper, a touch of smoke. Flavor is peppery and smokey. Interesting beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Poured into a tulip. 4.0 A: Deep mahogany brown color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head withe average retention and a healthy ring of lacing. 4.0 S: Belgian yeastiness and peppercorns are most dominant. Lots of black pepper spiciness, followed by clove phenols, followed by some light banana esters. Earthy and dry with a light roastiness. 4.0 T: Taste is full of pepper and clove. Good amount of yeastiness. Banana fruitiness again with hints of plum and raisin as well. Again this is earthy, mildly burnt and roasty, and fairly dry (though much sweeter than the nose suggests). A touch of rye spiciness. Good here. 4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation in appropriate amounts. Reasonably creamy and overall pretty smooth with a slight charred aftertaste. 4.5 D: Good beer. I decided to give this a 4.5 for drinkibility because a lot of the above scores could have easily be the next highest. Good flavors and interesting. I would like another, but I only have this one. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-10-2011 00:37:45

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2011
very dark brown pour appearing black in the glass with a medium off white head. aroma is coffee, roasted malt, some wheat tones. flavour is roasted malt, light smokiness to it. a lemony saison fruitiness in there as well.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Draft at Cincy Winter Beerfest. Aroma is roasted wheat, toasted malts, and yeast. I get notes of black pepper, smoke, lemmon, and some other spices. Flavor brings out a bananna type flavor, finnishing dry. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (5058) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Dark brown color with a large head. Spicy aroma, plenty of yeast and light brown sugar. Yeast and spice ditto for flavor. Light bitterness and floral hop taste. Thick body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1980) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2011
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 1/7/2011. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is peppery spice, roasted malt, chocolate, and some bananas and dark fruit. The brew tastes like roasted and charred/burnt malt, bananas, peppery spice, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. Theres also a slight bitter roasty/burnt finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its a bit creamy and silky and has good carbonation. A little too much carbonation for me, but thats not a big deal. Drinkability is good, its smooth and enjoyable. I think its a solid overall brew, its definitely worth a try. I liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottled 1-7-2011. Pours a very clean, deep black color with a tall, tan head with a very strong staying power. Aroma has a strong saison sweetess with some light estery presence. A nice roasted kiss is present with a a peppery note that resides in the back of your throat after a sniff, kinda like when you sniff some fresh ground pepper. Flavor starts off with an awesome saison sweetness combined with a light peppery kick and smooth roasted malt presence. The middle has more of a Belgian ale yeast sweetness too it, similar in yeasty character as Matilda. It finishes with a peppery, light black malt roasted presence. Body is pretty light with a semi-crisp feeling, lower carbonation and not much alcohol detected at all. Very good brew as the back of the throat peppery flavor really compliments the light roasted and saison light sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
bottle. pours like a porter. peculiar roasty stout saison mixture. initial aromas of roasted coffee, dates, doughy figgy pudding, black pepper, and raisins. taste is roasty, light smoke, herbal. spices. if you want a rustic, old world saison, this may not be your thing. at times the roast and earthy herb combo seemed a bit muddled. good carbonation. refreshing, easy to drink. bit of an identity crisis, but overall better than expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (10259) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark crimson brown with a large lightly tanned beige head. Spicy rye and some caraway notes up front, nice big Belgian yeast phenolics. Medium bodied, sweetness up front before lots of spicy rye and peppery yeast take over, very smooth and well structured. Nice yeast notes throughout, finishes up with some more phenolic yeast notes, and a slowly warming alcohol note. Nice stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle; Pour is Dark brown with a frothy beige head. Retains fairly well - Nice lacing in this snifter. Im going to give them some credit for trying something different (for me). Its an odd feeling to get that belgian yeast/fruit ester aroma on a beer that looks like this one. What the hell. The beer pours a little over carbonated, in my opinion. The roasted malt profile is muted, overall, when compared to the typical saison characteristics. "Pepper spice" are certainly on the muted side as well, however. This is a decent brew, for sure -


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