tom10101 (6263) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle (750 ml) at tasting. From Jake, thanks! Dark brown with a small bubbly brown head and little to no lacing. Aroma is of honey (lots), vanilla, tart notes, grapes and hints of chocolate. Taste is moderately tart with honey, roasted malt, vanilla, mild chocolate presence and some spiciness. Medium body. Soft carbonation. A tad vinous. Honeyed finish. Ok tart Porter. Not too heavy. Balance isn’t bad for what it is, but still not enough to make it easy drinking by any mean. Alcohol is rather well hidden. Decent - good, but I wouldn’t seek another bottle that’s for sure. Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2016
Pours black with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of honey, vanilla, fruits. Taste is of fruits, roasted malt, acidity. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Very nice. Weirdly sour, but not too much. mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks Tommy! It pours a dark brown with no head and no lacing. Nose is of roasted malt, chocolate and light grapes. Taste is more grape-forward, vinous with vanilla and chocolate. Moderately acidic with a somewhat out of place acetic/acetone presence. Body is medium, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel feels a little winey. I thought it was good but a bit disjointed, needs a bit more polish (and not the nail kind) to be considered world class. AdamChandler (5178) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle with the QC Guys
czar (9429) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2016
A - 75CL bottle split a few ways at cellar temp. Popped the cap and just a small bit of CO2 hissed out. No gush thankfully. Poured a reddish black with a small head that faded fast….brown-ish head.
S - A little bit of acetone aroma, nectarine, apricot, barley and vanilla aroma.
T - the taste is certainly better than aroma. Quite sour, melded decently with the porter-like roast and chocolate. Vanilla, cinnamon and a little other unknown spice with no real barrel presence. this is a weird one but Sante pulled it off.
O - Good bottle conditioned tiny bubbles but they don’t explode and lasting malt bitterness with vanilla remain
pours hazy very dark brown with a nice reviving light beige cap, some lacing. cocoa beans, woodsy chocolate, dark cherries, red grapes - vinous character; tasty vanilla beans - never overwhelming; spices. bright carbonation, light to medium body; pleasantly tart and spicy finish. good tart BA porter with spices. very much enjoyed!
JulienHuxley (5949) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2016
Bottle shared. Deep brown black pour with thin off white head. Aroma is really vanilla and honey forward, light funk, menthol. Taste is tart, lots of vanilla, light lingering honey finish. Palate is light bodied, lightly watery, low carbonation. bottleforager (3208) - Gray, Maine, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to JBPortland ! Pours a deep burnt umber and a touch lighter on the edges. Thick eggshell foam. Nose is a interesting mix of tart cherry, vanilla soaked cocoa beans and some barnyard funk. Palate follows and has moments of clarity but also moments where there just seems to be too much contrast for my feeble palate. Chocolate cake, tart fruit notes of raisin, plum and puckering berry all softend by a heavy vanilla presence that lingers with musty basement flavors. JBPortland (1647) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2015
750ml bottle pours dark black with medium head. Nose and palate have interesting tart funky vanilla bean, coffee roast, charred baker’s chocolate and some dark fruit spice. Definitey has the trademark SARA dusty fruit funk, dark dried cherries and chocolate, moderate sweetness balanced by crisp assertive acidity. Finishes with some tasty lingering marshmallow, tart dark fruit, some roast. This is a hard beer to pull off and few but SARA could probably make it work. Nice. madmitch76 (25537) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
6th March 2015mR_fr0g (13475) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle share gathering at Bruce’s. Thanks to Bruce. Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and dry and crisp, good fine carbonation. Gueuzey wet wood blends well with dark chocolate. Touch of coca cola and cherry. Finishes semi dry. Nice go at the very tricky dark sour style.
Bottle shared at Bruce’s place. Many thanks to Bruce for this one. Mahogany brown thin off white head. Aroma is sour cherry, dark malt, raspberry, musty. Flavour is composed of sharp sour granny smith sharp, citric acid, sharp and clean, little choc, musty funk. Palate is crisp and sharp, light body, lingering sharp fruit.