Kraftster (14) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Brought back from New Orleans. 2012 cork. Poured into Spigleau tulip.
Pours black. Clear but opaque. About a finger or two of a nice thick light toffee colored head.
Aged funk smell, with a tartness most like sour apple. Funk is earthy. There's almost no malt in the nose except for perhaps giving the tart funk a bit of an oak smell, maybe leather. The yeast is present in the form of an overarching spice and very faint fruity esters.
Initial flavor is the tart funk but the malt arrives very quickly. Very tasty malt flavor of dark chocolate, toffee, caramel and some biscuit. The beer finishes with a great mix of the dominate flavors and just the right amount of hop bitterness. Finishes extremely crisply. This is like a bitter dark chocolate covered tart apple (Granny Smith). The malt flavor is what lingers on the tongue but the saison elements are evident in how dry it finishes, leaves you wanting another sip.
Mouthfeel is perfect: nice carbonation, good light medium saison body, leaves the mouth feeling dry.
Very good overall. Liked it more as it warned. Great call to pair it with a pot roast. Could easily spread a bottle across a hearty and earthy dinner through an apple pie or apple crisp dessert. Something with caramel would be pretty cool to play on the covered apple flavor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone hopscotch (11104) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle… Pours a cloudy burnt-caramel with a mid-sized, off-white head. The nose is malty and fruity. Medium-bodied with airy carbonation. The flavor is tangy and roasty with a subtle cherry component. A bit bland overall. Finishes lightly bitter and fruity. Overall, a touch mundane. Nothing wrong. Technically great. Just falls short in flavor and body. Bob is a great brewer, but his stuff is too subtle for me. Not a bad thing. I’m into all things “extreme.” Saint Somewhere is the brewery for you if you’re into “almost.” DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods PM. turbid dark brown with off-khaki head. Nosse is yeasty figgy esters, roasty malt, raisins, . Tastes of yeasty fruit, earthy figs, mild cacao, tobacco, and a fairly complex finish. PhillyCraft (7229) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle shared by Barry at tasting, pours dark plum with massive head. Aroma and taste of dark cherry, rust, and weird yeast. This is not good, most of us drain poured. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2013
From the September 2013 3R6P tasting +++ Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with a huge creamy tan head that faded and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was malty, chalky and faintly tart. The flavor was chalky, sweetish and musty with touches of white pepper, yeasty and black food coloring. Medium length dryish musty and chalky finish with lingering black food coloring. Blah.
Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
A hazed dark brown saison with a thick collapsing mocha head. In aroma, very herbaceous and grassy malt with bitter chocolate, light Brett, dirt, interesting. In mouth, a nice fruity sour chocolate with light lactic points, Brett, foliage, off but in a nice way. smaynard6000 (1167) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours black with foamy beige head. Notes of spices in the aroma. Some zesty citrus in the flavor, somewhat sweet and bitter. Grape as well. Very interesting flavors in this. Quite enjoyable. Tmoney99 (14494) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle. Poured a hazy dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good to excellent lacing. Moderate dark herbal and yeast aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectation where met. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle, shared by tmoney99. My sample was towards the end of the bottle Mostly hazy dirty brown color, with lots of small white yeast particles visible in the body. Thin, kind of airy tan head, little to no lace sticks, kind of loose. Awesome zesty citrus smell and earthy hops, much more potent of a nose than expected! Bit of chocolate in there, some darker spices (saigon cinnamon). Medium-plus body, smooth, softer carbonation, lightly dry finish. Bigger bitter taste for a saison, minimal zesty sweet. Pretty spicy flavor, maybe a bit too spicy. Nice example of a black saison, though. One of the better ones I’ve tried. More hops and bitterness than I remember from other examples. b3shine (8875) - Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by Tmoney99). Looks solid; a fairly opaque dark cola with light beige head and a bit of sediment. Smells solid; dark malt, yeast, dark fruit, and some spices. Tastes like it smells with a bit of bitter chocolate too. Solid on the palate with a tingly mouthfeel. A decent black saison.