RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with dark malts and burnt sugars then lightly spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries.

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3.5
anders37 (26605) - 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.

3.4
MmmcKay (1052) - 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.

3
Rciesla (5499) - 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.

3.9
hayduke (5203) - 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.

3.4
jkwood04 (5448) - 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.

3.7
lassem (652) - 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.

3.7
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.

4
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours dark, chocolate brown with ruby hints around the edges. The head is big fluffy and tan, sticks to the sides stubbornly on the way down. The aroma actually starts with some roasted chocolate malts and hints of darker fruits like plums. The spices, clove especially, are present but accentuate the dark character more than dominate it. The taste is excellent and unlike any saison I’ve ever had. It really is dominated by the dark chocolate malts throughout. There is a bit of brown sugar underneath along with the spicy yeast. Nice dry and surprisingly roasty finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice, strong carbonation. Very roasty with lots of chocolate. This is a great saison and completely original. Love the chocolate backbone and the subtle use of the spices instead of the overpowering nature of the lavender in Of Love and Regret.

4.2
Cybercat (5829) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2011
Comes out of the bottle an opaque hazelnut brown with a fairly thick pale tan head. Aroma is malty with nutty, caramel and clove undertones. Malty flavor has a firm nutty tone plus strong hints of burnt caramel and cloves. Texture is smooth with a subtle fizz that stays long after the beer has gone down the proverbial hatch.

3.4
arminjewell (9635) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
Pours hazy reddish brown with off white head. Aroma had better blueberry seed and peel, some caramel, dark fruit. Taste is bitter but has sweet caramel and dark fruit, some interesting bitter berry, and a dry finish.


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