Holdwine (1227) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2017 jcr (2692) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml. Deep brown body with ruby highlights. Huge, frothy beige head, fully lasting. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, tart cherry, brown sugar. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Dry finish with some tart, vinegary notes. Taste of roasted malts, nuts. The sweet malts give way to bitter hops which gives to way to taste of bitter chocolate, bitter roast and tartness.
Nice, dark, slightly musty, dry pour. 7.4% is a bit high, but still pleasant for a Belgian Ale. JPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 29, 2017
Dark, slightly woody hops. Somewhat flat in feel. Mild pine. Damn lent starts in 4 minutes… Good by beer. 3/11.
unclemike (3115) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Bitter vinous fruit nose (like white grape) along with some roasted malt. Flavor starts with bitter fruit rind, then turns to malty roastiness with some chocolate before a burnt coffee finish. rumore (491) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 18, 2016
From the bottle. Pours rather dark with average quantity of cappuccino-coloured foam. Aroma is intense of licorice, fruits under spirits. Body is medium-dense. Taste is not too sweet, with some bitterness coming out afterwards. Finish is dry. MarcoDL (4849) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2016
Draft at beertemple. Aroma of caramelised malt, licorice and yeast. Flavor of yeast, caremelised malt, licorice and soy-ish malt. Too much licorice for me.
Maakun (5408) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2016
Tap at Oproer. Deep mahogany with creamy beige head. Looks lovely. Soft raw cocoa, dried fruits, light spices, plums, fresh figs, toffee. Over medium sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with creamy feel. Very nice. PanMarek (425) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Pours a dark opaque ruby with quick, thin beige foam. Strong toasted malt nose with licorice and brown sugar. Initial dry taste, light body and thin fizz followed by broad roasted malts and a slipper texture. There are some notes of instant coffee and some dried fruit, chestnut and mild spices. It tastes very much like a Belgian ale, which is what Rate Beer calls it. On its website, Stillwater calls it a dark existential farmhouse ale and they have what looks to be a more traditional saison. It’s a strong, dry, roasted malt Belgian more than anything. androman (2293) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2016
20cl on tap at Oproer. Nose is dark berries. Body is dark brown, head is big, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is leaves, light smoke, herbs, spices, roasted chestnut, dried fruits, milk chocolate. Medium sweet, medium bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is medium lasting fruity roasty medium bittersweet. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessert beer, very interesting, great one. markoijelena (3112) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - SEP 13, 2016
Draft sample at Oedipus International Beer Festival 2016. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 04.07.2016. Day Two. Pour it dark redish color with small white head. Aroma black currant, some spices, candy sugar. Taste lots of spices, Belgian yeast, apples, candy sugar, bubblegum, little bit roasty, medium body, thick feel, soft carbonation, bitter. Interesting. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUL 12, 2016
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a mildly dark brown close to black color with a slim finger-ed foamy to filmy (mildly puffy looking off white color) head. Dissipates at a nice pace. Thin filmy lacing runs around the glass.
The smell starts off with sweet dark bready malts with subtle dry milk chocolatey sort of malts. Subtle roast and then a nice spicy little bit of rye.
The taste was pretty much the same. Full sweet dark and milk chocolatey sort of sticky flavors come together and then bring in that spiciness nicely. All combines on into the aftertaste and slides on into a slight sticky sort of finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sessionably semi-sticky sort of feel all around. Carbonation rides fairly light. Stickiness is somewhat tame all around.
Overall, as a saison of the "dark" quality, I can see it. Probably be better for the winter season as I’d come back to during that time.