JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 1, 2017 Ernest (7793) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, rocky, brown, fully lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of sage, menthol, earth/moss, fennel seed, ajowan/thyme, light note of peppermint.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Well, the nose is quite neat (reminiscent of a Fantome brew, e.g. Strange Ghost or Black Ghost), and it looks fantastic. Alas, in the mouth it suffers the same way many of the "American Fantome" (Jolly Pumpkin) beers do...it’s too sour and attenuated to be much fun to drink. Yes, a saison should be dry, but it shouldn’t be parching...it should be *quenching*...it’s a fine line, I’ll admit, but all too often beers like Madrugada Obscura or Bam Noire have virtually no sugars left and are both sour and bitter to boot. Balance is key, and these brews don’t quite have it. Kinda thin for the 5.7%, but it’s creamy. I wanted to like this a lot more based on the interesting (albeit spice-heavy) nose, but alas.
Dark brown with a tall foamy tan head. Musty grains with some aniseed, herbs, and brett. An interesting aroma. Light sweet start, with a quite turn to dry black malts. Soft on the tongue. Light mint and herbal flavors. Bits of dates and raisins. Dry spruce and dark cocoa. A fall day saison. 3/13
mgajdaczewa (2255) - Katowice, POLAND - APR 30, 2017
Srogi vintage - 2012. W aromacie czerwone owoce, przyprawowe fenole i lekka czekolada, może nie jakieś superintensywne, ale bardzo przyjemne. W smaku wytrawne do cna, świetnie zbalanowane pomiędzy czekoladowymi naleciałościami, czerwonymi owocami (najbardziej wiśnie, ciekawy typ utlenienia) a przyprawowością, pieprznością trunku. Leciutko się pije. Dobra rzecz! PorterPounder (8231) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2016
Sarasota, Fl - on tap at Cock and Bull Pub, Dark brown leading to black pour, tight mocha colored head. Aroma has some molasses accents, a touch of chocolate. Flavor has some initial bubble gum accents, a hint of white grape fruitiness, some back end date-like sweetness. Solid. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2016
Approximately 2 oz. sample poured from bottle at beer class at Total Wine & More in Chantilly/Fairfax, VA on Nov. 20, 2012.
Opaque, black-brown with tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of eucalyptus, roasted malt, yeast, caramel and spice.
Taste of eucalyptus, roasted malt, yeast, caramel and spice.
Medium body and medium/low carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ALLOVATE (3057) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2015
A 2012 vintage that’s seemed to have aged perfectly. At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Black as midnight with an inch of rocky, beige foam atop that holds and leaves a thick and messy lace. Strong berry sherbet and eucalyptus and tea-tree oil notes on the nose amongst a blend of mace, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove spices. On the palate it is spice driven, dry and creamy with a malt, hop, wood and spice finish. Slight smoke, camphor, eucalypt, bitter orange peel. mace, dark chocolate, clove and twiggy bark. Really mouthfilling with a solid malt and US hop base. Lengthy bitterness that melds everything. There is a touch of nettles and rosemary; this has a ridiculous amount of complexity going for it at three years old. Somewhat medicinal. Well rounded and curious. A herbal aperitif. Delicious and original. (1pint, 6fl.Oz, Bottled 31/07/12, The Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
felip989 (202) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JUN 26, 2015
Dark brown almost black with a big beige head. Aroma is cherries, prunes, grapes, yeast, caramel, chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, some red fruits. Bitter aftertaste. Good but the fruitness don’t combine with the roasted malt flavour. Strange Saison... kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Black with a thick tan head. Sweet malty nose. Smooth spicey bits of lemon and maybe cinnamon. Fairly dry
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone LinusStick (3498) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Ugh. This was a terrible beer. The only good thing about this beer was the aroma. Chai spices with not much else. The pour was a stout like dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste was pretty bad. Too much going on and it didn’t work. Strong spices, dark roasted malt made it a little bitter. Yeast and malt were drowned out by the crazy spices. Finished the beer, but it was difficult Gamin (146) - Brockport, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Saison?! So confused. This beer pours dark with a chocolate milk head. Smells and tastes like thin mint Girl Scout cookies. So weird! Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Takes a lot for me to dislike a saison but make it a straight black licorice bomb and that will happens. Dont advertise a secret blend of spices if it really just tastes like anise. Warn people.