beastiefan2k (4007) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Blehck. Had this on tap at Flying Saucer Kansas City. One of the worst executed beers I have had in a while, especially from a decent brewer. Got this in a sampler, so maybe that messed it up but pretty weak head on a black body. Aroma is all cherry but it smells like cough syrup, does not feel natural at all. Where did they get these cherries? Flavor is similar, I got no Belgian yeast, very neutral yeast or at least covered up by the cherry. Actually, its rather dull and empty except for a tart cherry flavor that I just did not enjoy. Low medium carbonation adds to the emptiness of the beer in general. Felt flabby, cheap, and poorly executed. I would not recommend this dreck and the balls to call this a Saison. freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Tap mostly black with light khaki head. The aroma is slightly musty sweaty and grainy with a touch of tartness. The taste is smooth velvety roasted grain and a hint of tart cherry. Very malty and simple with slightly higher carbonation. There is a bit of grain bitter with a dry earthy hop presence. It?s a slightly dry earthy farmhouse, good overall but slight flat across board until the nice tartness kicks in long term and makes it a complete felling brew, enjoyable. drfabulous (8092) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Draught at Country Boy. Lots of cherry and chocolate. Very balanced hop profile. Not overly dominant. The saison doesn’t come out strong; the fruit dominates. Tasty. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Draft. Cola dark-brown body, beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some Belgian yeast, faint cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, some milk chocolate, light Belgian yeast/spicy. Medium body, fairly smooth. kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2012
(draught - Flying Saucer KC) black with light tan head. Aroma was tart cherry. Flavor was mild tart cherry, some dark earthy malt.
phaleslu (10329) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Draft at The Tap Room, served in a nonic glass. Pours a dark brown that has some cloudy amber highlights when held up to light and a resilient tan head that leaves some light trailing lace. "Black" before "Saison" is fair. Aroma of roasted malts, earthy notes, cherries, mild spice, and a bit of nuts and toast. The flavor follows the same lines- roasty, earthy, toasty, with hints of cherries throughout. The cherries are pretty subdued, though, and take a backseat to the dark malts. More spice and even banana shows as it warms. Medium-bodied, with an earthy, roasty mouthfeel with a mild underlying tartness and moderate carbonation. I liked this. I’ve not known Schlafly to throw fruit in many of their beers. vyvvy (6521) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Pours very dark brown with a deep mahogany hue when held to the light & there is a tan head. Definitely one of the darkest saisons I’ve seen. The aroma has smooth dark cherries, earthy saison yeast and spice. The aroma is quite rich of a saison with the cherries, but true to the style otherwise. Medium body that’s smooth for the style and has a modest amount of sharp carbonation. The taste is much more dry than the aroma. It starts off with a darker malt sort of taste, but there isn’t any much roastiness. The cherry is definitely there, but not as assertive as you’d think for 200 lbs ~ don’t know how big the batch was, but it sounds significant. There is plenty of saison earthiness and spice. The cherry seems to impart blackberry and blueberry flavors as well. The finish has a bit of a mineral taste to it and a variety of spices - don’t think any spices were added though. Very interesting beer from Schlafly and a different slant on a saison I’ve not tried before. alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Almmost black, in the dim light of the Taproom it appeared very dark purple, but that might have been my imagination. It had a one finger head with some staying power and sparse but ample lacing.
The smell and taste were more of a saison than a fruit beer. Great Belgian yeast flavors, a bit spicy, with plenty of black cherry, although not overpoweringly so. The cherries appear more in the taste than they do in the smell, at least to my pallet. There’s just a touch of funk in there too, which I love in a saison. If you gave me this beer on a blind taste test, I would be hard pressed to call it anything other than a saison.
Body is light and pretty well carbonated, pretty easy to drink. Lighter than many saisons, my 20oz glass went down pretty easy.
Absolute must try when you’re at the Taproom in St Louis. This place remains one of the city’s gems.