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 nazbotica (16) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Aroma - Limes, acrid malt
Appearance - Very dark brown, big tan head that subsides quickly.
Taste - Earthy, lightly acetic, roasty, lime-lactic sour, wet leaves, seriously.
Palate - Creamy at first, but very dry in the finish. Pretty wild.
Overall - I can’t believe how low the score is. This is really interesting. I’m a fan.
smaynard6000 (1165) - 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. bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
750 c&c from Wine & Cheese. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is a bit winey/woody. A dry astringent grape aroma. Med + body. Flavor is winey/grapey with something suggesting a soap, some wood, definitely some earth. There’s some dark maltiness, and some tartness. To me this is something out of a red wine barrel, tho apparently it has never seen wood. Finishing dry, earthy/woody, red berry fruity, and something herbal? The back of the bottle exclaims mysterious. Got that right. I’m really liking the contrasting, mixed flavors. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Dark mahogany with big, foamy, fine-bubble, beige head, good legs / Delicate, muted, musty nose of orchard & dark fruit / Light body, just a touch thin, acidic, some initial sweetness then dry in the middle with some woody astringency, and fine bitter finish / Elegant, light flavors of apple, grape, balsamic vinegar, date, molasses, smoke, rose hip, chrysanthemum, oak / In this acidic style of saison, it lacks the punch of the best (e.g., Jolly Pumpkin), but it’s a brew worthy of contemplation, on the porch on a summer day.
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2011
On firkin at Hoptomic 2011. Pours a murky swamp water brown with a teeny off-white head. One look at the glass, and people knew- Saint Somewhere. Nose is some malt, bits of brett, some oak, and some vinegar, and vinous tartness. Flavor is similar with lingering funk and vinegar. Light in body and like George Clinton- funky as funky can be. Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Reddish black, big tan head. Smells funky, with a subtle milk chocolate note. Tastes tart up front, with a little sweet mixed in. Just a touch roasty coffee flavors, too. Hint of funk, too. Tmoney99 (14460) - 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. DocLock (10683) - 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. willisread (3341) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers. Pours a pitch black with a finger of foam. Dark coffee, cacao and saison yeast notes. A bit of plum and prune, with some herbal notes. Clean on the palate with a roasted hay character. Bitter finish.