CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
On tap at the 2011 Max’s Belgian Fest: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with light copper hues and a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet biscuity dark caramel nose with some doughy toffee character. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark caramel sweetness with a touch of milk chocolate and fresh piny hops before a drier bittersweet nutty finish. A unique and drinkable dark saison. JoeMcPhee (10135) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2011
Deep black-brown pour with a tight creamy tan head. The aroma is quite spicy with a lot of black licorice, black pepper, some cooked banana and maybe some clove as well. Pretty light spice in addition to the bright fruit the yeast has thrown. Sort of a mix of tropical fruit and some roasted malt. I know a lot of folks are doing these dark saisons, but with a few exceptions they don’t really work for me. They tend to come across a little bit disjointed.
faroeviking (11343) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 12, 2011
De baril. Black collour, off-white head, small. Roasty like aroma with dark fruit, bit chocolate, lightly sourish. Good mouthfeel. Flavour is roasty like with dark fruit and some liqourice, mildly sourish, bit chocolate and spice. Plesant dark saison. anders37 (27635) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2011
Draft @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity roasted malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity roasted malty licorice spicy yeasty flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy licorice finish. MmmcKay (1053) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Cool bottle design and overall tasty beer. Pours very dark and sure doesn’t looks like a saison. Not quite black but dark brown. Not thick either. Smells very much like a saison. Doesn’t taste like one though. More like a mild new world Belgian style dubbel. I think it’s really cool, but it really doesn’t taste much like a saison at all.
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark bruin body with a tan head and quickly receding 3 finger top. Aromatically floral and earthy. Grass, herbs, rootbeer, bitter herbs, flower, and hibiscus. Flavor is a ton of diacetyl that hit me like a brick. Dark raisins, caramel, some spice and butter all the way home. Maybe i got a bad one. Ill give Brian the benefit of the doubt but this was probably worse then my score indicates. hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
From a trade courtesy of Strykzone. Poured on the black side with a good sized tan head and a lot of lacing rings. Nose of sourness with barnyard aromas. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel The flavor is complex, with some fruit, chocolate, peat, with some sourness in the finish. Very interesting brew and one that keep you guessing with a new flavor every sip. Very well done. jkwood04 (5472) - Connecticut, USA - APR 22, 2011
11.2oz bottle in a tulip glass. Pours very dark brown with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of earthiness, resin, slight roasted malts and some caramel with floral hops. Flavor the same, and it makes a nice combo of a saison and darker beer. Average texture. A pretty good saison. lassem (660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 22, 2011
A 33 cl bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Pours a muddy greyish brown that leaves a fizzy brown head that settles quickly to an inch high. A preyyt anonymous aroma with some malty and spiced notes with faint fruity hints. The taste is really refreshing and mild but extremely balanced. There are some tobacco, roasted malts, pepper with some winegums with pear flavour. It has a finish that is a bit dry and a mild palate that are quite lively due to a pretty high oxygen level. Really nice and easy to drink - and refreshing on the dark side. bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2011
Pours opaque black with a tiny head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malt and dark fruit. Medium in body with a small amount of carbonation. Flavor is dominated by dark roast with a bit of caramel malt, but no saison floral characteristics at all.