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

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A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2)A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2)

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 20
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 11-13-2010

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.
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Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Spiced with rose hips, hibiscus, and Schisandra berries. More weird Asian fruit ingredients - cool.

This beer pours a hazy, very dark reddish brown colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy, fizzy pale beige head, which leaves a few upward strands of sea plume lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of grainy, somewhat roasted biscuity malt, medicinal dark fruits - cherry and prune - a spicy rye sweetness, mild barnyard funk, paint thinner, spent yeast, overripe apples, mildly herbal cloves, and a bit of crumbling forest-floor woodiness. The taste is lightly toasted bready, grainy malt, brown sugar, edgy yeast, softly sour red berries, a hint of stale black coffee, earthy anise, faint musty funk, a fading medicinal fruitiness, a tame floral, ethereally perfumed alcohol warming.

The bubbles are decently supportive, and a tad spritzy, the body an adequate medium weight, with a rising metallic edge that more or less precludes smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness fairly tempered by yeast, spice, and roast.

A pleasant enough experiment, the base saison pretty overwhelmed by the roasted character, as well as the fruit and floral notes. It all comes together for the most part, another step on the road to new style attainment, which seems to be a specialty of this particular gypsy brewer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at John J Jeffries served chilled in a taster.

The color is dark brown with medium brown at the base with thin light beige head and tight bead. The smell is very nice mix of cocoa, raisin and slight nutty malt esters with some spice from the yeast. The feel is moderately creamy with spice in the back and mild toasted grain texture with a low sweetness level and mild alcohol.

The flavor follows the nose - nice blend of saison yeastiness and dark toasted grain with some raisin elements and light cocoa with mild nutty flavors and the yeast adds a mild pepper quality which adds to the complexity with mostly dry flavor as it finishes. Overall I like this a lot a very fresh tasting and complex take on the dark saison style with plenty of saison character yet the drinkability of dark belgian ale mixed in .

Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of roasted malt, hint of yeast, dark citrus, and hint of dry hops. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, slight dark citrus, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. This is a solid Saison with interesting notes of roasted malt.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

P: Vivacious dirty dark brown cola appearance with a ridiculously massive crown of rocky foam about 4 fingers high. The head was so large it took about 5 minutes to finish the pour. Retention is great but minimal lacing.

S: Rotten wood, dried grain, barley, rye, basement funk, saltine crackers, blueberries, cherries, apples, allspice, clove, herb/medicinal aroma and Belgian yeast. A subtle undertone of fresh ground coffee beans, cracked pepper, and bubble gum. Aroma is similar to an Oud Bruin.

T/M: Coffee and a strong fruity medicinal flavor engulfs the palate. Dark fruits, musty funk, vanilla, oak, bitter fun dip powder and b-vitamins. Molasses and brown sugar sweetness combine with the smoldered grains. Zesty carbonation exploding across the tongue in a sloshy medium body. Super dry powdery finish that lingers ground up nuts.

O: Not sure about this one. This is a beer that must be enjoyed warm. I was shocked at how much changed once it warmed. When it was cold it was just a mess. I'm still on the fence with this one. Not one that I would seek out.

Photo of MostlyNorwegian
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Massive head that would not quit on this bottle snapped up from West Lakeview. First pour was all foam. Not personally a big fan of massive carbonation levels, and not sure how all that actions works with this ones very dark complexion. Instantly though, I got a hankering for some charcuterie, gherkins and spicy mustard. Definitely something to leave out and let warm up and absolutely a beer that begs to be paired with food, the kind of which I didn't have. Not terribly spicy in the peppery way. It's more a tartness from the berries and hibiscus peaking through which would probably only become more pronounced served closer to room temp and have more to say without the carbonation levels piercing the profile so much. Perhaps I missed the point as I didn't have anything to pair it with and didn't ignore it long enough for all of the components to really get their dance on. Would seek out another (if possible) for a more relaxed leisurely stroll to the end of the bottle.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of solid rustic malt with light funky ester with some light spices notes also easily identifiable. Taste is a somewhat unique mix between some roasted malt with dry notes with light funky yeast ester and some spices also discernable. The hibiscus and berries were quite hard to distinguish. Body is quiet full with great carbonation. Interesting experiment with good balance between different ingredient but not something I would necessarily seek on a regular basis.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a healthy umber colour, with some unfortunate chunks of unavoidable yeast. Beige head, nice and fluffy. Lace is pretty decent. Looks good.

Sour smell; pretty pungent. Bit of solventy goodness with licorice, unfermented cacao and a Chinese medicine shop as well. Oddly sweet, too, a funky mix.

Taste is really smoky upfront; about the only possible beer character I'm yet to get on this beer. Suffocated wood smoke, black pepper and juniper, with a touch of balsamic and fig on the back. Decidedly odd, not really accessible in some ways.

Pretty decent texture. Full, bitty, almost gritty, and somewhat dry on the back. Good.

Really extreme beer when it comes down to it. Funky, pungent, spicy and weird.

Photo of Vroom
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rumorsofsurf
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of iKrystin
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nafredet1
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off white foam on top of a nearly opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leave nice lacing on the glass.

S - Vanilla, pepper, mango, clove, and a touch of chocolate.

T - Dark sugar up front with notes of toffee and light molasses. Spicy notes of clove and black pepper I'm the middle with a finish of clove, mango, dark bread and a lingering mocha note.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nicely done, the roasted malt is just light enough to work with the strong yeast character. Lots of spice and fruit without becoming cloying or harsh.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger head with excellent retention on a very deep brown amber body.

S: very nice full nose with belgian yeast, corriander, herbal hops, and peppercorn.

T: raisin, chocolate, belgian yeast, herbal hops, peppercorn, spices, and roasted malts

M: medium body and fairly high carbonation. semi dry, a little over carbonated even for the style

Overall: this is a very good dark saison. balances the saison belgian character with roasted/chocolate malt notes.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.