RATINGS: 796   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22 oz bottle into a glass. Its over one and a half years old, so fingers crossed its held up. A: Pours a hazy chestnut color with tons of evident carbonation. The head is a two finger mocha shade. Very airy in texture, it retains itself quite well - fantastically, even. Leave it sitting long enough, and excellent lacing will be left on the glass. S: A one-two-three punch of caramel, chocolate, and nuts really come through once this warms up. Before that, the aroma mainly consists of bready Belgian yeast and just a touch of black pepper spice. Not really getting how this is even a dark saison - this smells like a Belgian brown ale with some spiciness. Pleasant nonetheless. T: The flavors seem to reveal more in the way of roasted coffee notes, especially around the midtaste. It opens with bready yeast flavors, developing a faint fruit quality (apples, pears, white grapes) right before the roast takes over. Chocolate, caramel, and sliiight (emphasis on all the is, its faint) cherry esters come out on the aftertaste. Im beginning to wonder if the pepper notes have died down with age, because Im not picking them up on the flavor profile. Overall, theres a modicum of complexity, but none of the funk notes I like in my saisons. M: Wow, this is strongly carbonated. It can be a bit much at times, but it also has the positive effect of drying the beer out very well. The lightness of body helps all that carbonation come through even more vividly. Okay, now Im more inclined to believe that this is a dark saison - the mouthfeel is (nearly) dead on, helping to accentuate the coffee notes quite well. O: Dark saison or really dry, fizzy Belgian brown? I dont care, this is damn good. It lacks some of the fine-tuned sophistication to make it a true great of the style (...whatever that style is), but considering I got this on clearance, thats really a moot point. Put it this way, Id gladly get this again at regular price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pintofjoe29 (22) - Dingman Ferry, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Bottled on 6/11/12, an older vintage. Cola like appearance w big frothy head. Smoke, soy sauce, malt, and belgian yeast aroma. Almost no sweetness taste wise. I get smoked malt, slight dark fruit and lots of carbonation. Almost tastes like a smoked beer, in my opinion, which is not in my wheelhouse

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (1779) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2016
A malt and hop aroma, pours a dark black color with a tan foamy head. Taste of smoked malt, dried fruit and hops. Pleasant to drink but not spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1660) - DENMARK - JUL 2, 2016
Nsten ugennemsigtig, og med et flot skum der holder i flere minutter. Det dufter lidt af belgisk l, som det skule vre. Men smagen er hlet anerledes frugtagtig, med en eftersmag af noget fersken. Ikke typisk belgisk i smagen, men god alligevel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Pours a dark brown/gold color. Aromas of tart fruit, bread, hint of citrus, and yeasty. Flavor is malty/citrus. Leaves a yeasty hay/citrus aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1620) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2016
UPDATED: APR 25, 2016 Color of a dark cola, whispy yet resilient beige head. Aroma of tobacco, raisin, wood. Somewhat thin on the tongue but the caramel, cherries, and toffee carried it. Pretty good and a great dinner beer but I didn?t get much Belgian out of the beer as the label suggests...some notes of Belgian yeast did emerge in the finish as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2016
The aroma is kind of off and Im not getting much flavor...its quite carbonated. My bottle is 2013 so I was ready for anything. Definitely has a dry finish...Im starting to get the pepper taste now as the chill is subsiding. Maybe by the time I finish off the bottle I will be happier with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
J_man (951) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 24, 2016
Bomber from 2011 vintage. Molasses and sweet dark fruit aromas from a nearly opaque very dark brown body with a ruby tinge and a good tan head. The molasses fades away on the sip with more of the dark fruit sweetness of cherries and plums coming through. This is followed by a cola taste and consistency and medium roast coffee. Some notes of dark and bittersweet chocolate. Body is a bit thin but may be due to the age on this bottle. Finishes with a slight sour note and more chocolate sweetness. I need to try a fresh bottle to compare this one to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (3027) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Dark black in color with thick foamy tan head... Aroma of Belgian malts, biscuits, rye malts... Hint of spice... Flavor is light chocolate malts, rye, bready malts, hints of peppercorn... Mouthfeel is fairly silky... Light spices on finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2015
750 ml bottle, 2013 Edition (had in late Summer 2015). Poutd a clearish ruby reddish dark brown to black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is red berries, roast, oldish, woody. Flavor is dark berry (blackberry, blueberry, black grapes), coffee and roast. Finish is dark chocolate, burnt, dusty and oldish. Lingering wood and dark fruits. Medium to full body, soft mouthfeel and weak to average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sirmixsomewhat (220) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2015
I did not expect such a dark beer upon pouring. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste after seeing just how dark it is, because I feared it would be drowned in a coffee taste or something more bitter more typically associated with beers this dark, but it wasnt like that. The coffee notes were subtle, and worked nicely. Nothing really stood out beyond that, and it wasnt quite as smooth as I like, but it is a good beer. Is it worth the hefty price tag (something like $20 for a 750ml bottle)? No, I dont think it is.

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