harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
It’s dark, etched surface of light tan foam. Smells of funk, some cola, lots of grass (dried) some dark malts, a little light in the nose. The flavor is fucking outstanding. Really sexy. Dark prunes, raisin, leather, sour cherries, a little bit of bicarb, some really nice fungal flavors. Nearly thin with higher carb and a dry, but salivating finish. Man, this is a great beer. patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle shared with Vinny, care of Vin. Pours deep mahogany under light, black in the shade. Aroma of sour black cherries, chalky roasted malts, some subtle dark bitter chocolate, with hint of that earthy well water. I could tell it was sour from the nose. Taste is sour cherries and smooth roasty chocolate, smooth and tart. Rusty and sour and hefty. Incredible saison.
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Thanks for sharing, Moll! Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Mild chocolate and a bit of wheat. Light cherry and a faint acidity. Body is lightly creamy and fairly dry. Acidity is fantastic. Wow. drowland (8955) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
5/30/13. 750mL bottle thanks to cheesemoose! Almost black pour, more of a deep brown, with a surprisingly small tan head. The aroma shows Brett, sour, funk, and light fruitiness. The flavor has light roast, tartness, funkiness, and a hint of minerals. Very nice. bytemesis (9005) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle, picked up at HF a year ago and carefully stored since. Pours deep murky chestnut with a medium tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is funky and not much else, Flavor is funky, fruity, a bit of lemon zest. Not much sweetness or bitterness, a bit of acidity. Does not drink like a dark saison for sure. Medium body, spritzy carbonation. Lovely as hell and highly drinkable. Pulls things back to their core and displays only what is necessary. Not complex by any means, but the notes it hits are all pitch perfect.
ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2016
750mL bottled November 2014, drunk 6/3/16 with Nelson.yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2013
Dark mahogany with some milk chocolate hues and a strong clarity. Light beige head atop is small and shows moderate to moderately strong retention.
Hazelnut, milk chocolate, prune and berry notes and a touch of honey-vanilla show a nice interplay of base malt, dark malt and light souring agents. It smells quite similar to CD16, though much less bacterial/woody, obviously. It’s very mellow and there’s no heavy roastiness to it that often ruins this "style". No alcohol or flaw, plenty of charm to the house character with good minerality.
Honey and chocolate show a nice marriage of roasted barley and pale malt with little/no roast character and only a lovely chocolate character remaining that mixes with the mild lactic notes to produce a milk chocolate flavor. Very light bread adds some structure and there’s more of the tartness found in their farmhouse ales that perfectly balances the sweetness. Soft, creamy texture with tight carbonation and no alcohol or flaw. I swear if you closed your eyes and tasted this blind, you almost wouldn’t guess it was terribly dark. Which is great because I usually find too much overbearing dark malt/barley character in dark saisons, which interrupts the delicate nature of the beer. Not here. One of the best, if not the best, in style.
750 mL bottle, thanks Tucker.
Holy crap. This is amazing. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Much like recent batches of recent Arthur in aroma and flavor, tart and citrus, with the added twist of dark malt and light chocolate without being overly roasty like other "black/dark saisons". Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2013
This brew pours a dark brownish color with a medium foamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, tangerines and grassy yeast. Light to medium body with flavors of herbal yeast, mildly tart apples and toasted malt. The finish is both roasty and sweet and tart and fruity at the same time and it works. Very enjoyable beer overall. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
pours opaque deep brown with ruby hues and a medium creamy tan head...good lacing and retention. aroma has nice mild funk and subtle tart fruits...light vinous and woody. Flavor has tart/sour cherry, a hint of roasty malts, vinous and wood notes and good funk. Mouthfeel is light and silky with a dry soury/funky cherry/roast finish. Leighton (22056) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell - big thanks to Momma Smith for picking this up and to Sister Nellie for bringing it to London (via Cluj, Romania). Pours rich brown with a thick, frothy beige head; it looks perfect, basically. Lovely leathery funk in the nose, some tangy berries and, as the beer warms, notes of bread come through. Light sweet flavor with a dominant dry leather character, light wood, some dried fruits, good funk, bitter berry pits. Light to medium bodied with average, massaging carbonation; typically stunning HF mouthfeel. Funky finish, lightly dry, with more leathery berries, some bitter lemon rind, faint dry dark bread. Lovely.