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A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 20
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus in Deinze-Gottem, Belgium with Dr. Canarus. This black saison carries qualities similar to a stout with light roast and burnt sugar flavors, spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 11-13-2010)
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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a Belgian stout, what with an opaque chocolate color and a tightly bubbled foamy head; outlines the glass with a streak of lace

Smell: Roasted grain, filberts and unsweetened baker's chocolate

Taste: Opens with the roasted grain flavors and moves in a toffee and filbert direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the unsweetened chocolate adds depth but the finish was very dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with gently, but frothy, carbonation

Overall: While I liked the beer I cannot help but think that something was missing, and that something was the interesting yeast character that I look for in a great saison

brentk56, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly faded away and left a ringer of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark fruits and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some flavors of chocolate malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

metter98, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/19/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, berry, licorice, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, berry, licorice, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, berry, licorice, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome dark saison style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Yesterday at 11:38 AM
Photo of dkw0063
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

dkw0063, Tuesday at 07:58 PM
Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Hohnbaum, Sunday at 03:27 AM
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stillwater A Saison Darkly has a thin, cream-colored head, a dark brown appearance, some bubbles, and pretty much no lacing left behind. The aroma is of a spice basket or potpourri, that one would purchase at a gift store. Taste is of spiced, brown bread, dark (but, not burnt) malt, essentially no bitterness, and zero alcohol detected. Mouthfeel is full, and Stillwater A Saison Darkly finishes semi-dry and not difficult to drink, although it is certainly a sipper, rather than a gulper.


RonaldTheriot, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -23.3%

mothman, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Malty dark dried fruit – fig to date – dominate the nose. the beer ours brilliant deep chestnut with a 1” off-white foam cap.
The palate is big and fruity with dark dried fruits predominating over background grain flavors.
The beer is very creamy with a medium full body and medium high carbonation.

pat61, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Mikus
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pitch black color into my snifter, with a halo of scarlet around the edges in the light. About 1mm of rose-tinted head that hung around. Funky and floral aromas, bright and fresh nose but a bit muddled with everything going on. Super balanced and complex flavors, hint of alcohol on the back end. Great hints of cocoa and spices in and out. Super velvety and nice mouthfeel. Loved it. The wife kept trying to take it away from me...

Mikus, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of Pug
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Pug, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Rose Hips, Hibiscus, Scisandra berries Amazingly spiced! Hibiscus adds refreshing mountain forest type of quality.

Kgoldsbe, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Sspeer1
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Sspeer1, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

ygtbsm94, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +2.3%

bobv, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

nmann08, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of killcore
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

killcore, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of WreckedPalate
4/5  rDev +2.3%

This was a shock to me, I hate Saisons normally. This one stands out, i get the berry in it and an obvious but not over done floral character to it that adds a unique but once again subtle aroma, obviously from the rose hips and hibiscus. The flavors, I get a dark or maybe burnt sugar and caramel note, Berry presence, I taste the rose hips, has a couple stout like attributes in the body of it and the flavors. Damn, is it smooth too, dangerously easy to drink, light but present carbonation.
Overall, not normally my thing, but I really enjoyed this. I will go get some for myself now!

WreckedPalate, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Mike-Harms
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Mike-Harms, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of AK2pointo
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%

AK2pointo, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of sd123
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

sd123, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

The_Craft_Deviant_Rob, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of csnyder83
4/5  rDev +2.3%

csnyder83, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

tykechandler, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Flip_Smash
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Flip_Smash, Sep 12, 2014
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A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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