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

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 Rickythejeweler
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Typical annoying 4 finger off white head atop a dark brown-black liquid with yeast floating around. Little lacing.

S - Floral hops and spices, yeast, light roast.

T - Starts with dark candi sugar, roasted malts; middle is belgian yeast, spices, grass; finishes with light mixed berries and char.

M - High carbonation, medium-full body.

O - If this beer was brewed without the hyperactive yeast it would be so much better.

Batch #3, bb Oct. 2013

Rickythejeweler, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nearly impenetrable dark-brown hue with three fingers of creamy tan foam atop. Not bad at all.

Smell: aroma has a light saison-ey funk along with some roasted malt. The roastiness is almost over-done, though, with a hint of bitter burnt aroma. Still, it's interesting.

Taste: big flavor is surprising after the mild aroma -- a light but nice funk, a nice sourness and a nice alcoholic fruitiness. Chocolate malt adds a hint of dessert flavor which works well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great big carbonation and mouth-filling creaminess. I like it.

Overall: quite a nice dark saison. Perhaps a bit pricey for what you get, but I still like it.

flagmantho, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #3 best before October 2013. This is one of the neatest labels I've ever seen.

A real light cocoa tan head very foamy and soapy quite large off the pour but settles nicely. Body color is truly darkly, very dark walnut, the few places the body gets thin it actually looks purple edged. This is neat looking. Later examining the bottom of the bottle has a huge chunk in it.

Bouquet is a real nice sense of purple grape without a big sweetness at first. THat sensation though doesn't return. Some small sugars, faint wild yeast maybe? and milk chocolate powder. Sort of reminding me of a porter saison mix.

Extremely classic crisp saison palate. Nice hot yeast feeling, and the senses on the nose come just as expected. Rolling milk chocolate with a high to medium carbonated feel that gives off a nice powdered cocoa sensation. Crisp maltyness gives a nice char, mixing in with bitter dark chocolate.

Overall, real interesting beer here, I am digging this, love this bitter dark chocolate angle hitting with saison crispness and bitterness. Real nice.

smakawhat, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

duceswild, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of GTB
4/5  rDev +2.3%

GTB, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a wine stem.

Pours a deep, dark amber/brown, with a couple fingers of fizzy mocha head. This peters down pretty quickly, retaining with mostly gentle foamy edging that leaves back a light cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells of ripe dark fruit, spice, and then a roastier malt presence across the back. This is mostly dark fruit and spices though.

The taste is similar, with dark malt, darker fruit, and an earthy hop presence. Plenty of spice is present too, which hangs strong in the finish along with a touch of dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and while mellow up front, this prickles up with some strength on the tongue. This has a pretty lively feel to it that matches up well with the spice.

I didn’t really get this one. Fruit, dark malts, and spice are what stood out to me the most here but the overall profiles just had a flat feel to them that didn’t get me excited in any way. I do like the label on this though and it’s basically what made me take a chance on it. I guess it did its job.

Kegatron, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of eerbayman
4/5  rDev +2.3%

eerbayman, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz batch 3 best before 10/2013 poured into a tulip

A- Murky brown with a four finger dark tan head.

S- Earthy spices, pepper, light fruits, some tartness, figs, some chocolate.

T- Roasted malts, pepper, earthy spices, yeast, dark fruits, some chocolate, good complexity, very enjoyable.

S- Smooth, medium body.

O- I have not had another beer like this and really enjoy the black pepper notes. Very happy that I was finally able to try this and will be getting more.

Ranking the Import Series, I would go Jaded, A Saison Darkly, Debauched, Rule of Thirds, Of Love & Regret.

larryi86, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark cola brown with a light khaki head. Not gonna lie. This looks like a coke.

Yeasty aroma with a little bit of a floral hop aroma. A little bit of spice and some black pepper. Good dark fruit aroma like plumbs or figs. Belgian yeast on the pallet with dark fruits and some floral hops.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is drinkable and I'll enjoy it but it doesn't hit the mark for me on the saison front.

Bendurgin, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

John11486, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of dcloeren
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2 - Best before Oct. 2012

Poured a cola like brown with ruby edges when held up to the light. Got a mountainous 3 fingers of light khaki head on this one with a smooth pour down the middle... Slowly receded to a thin film.

Getting some yeasty bread notes with a little funk, raisons/dark fruit, some really nice spicy qualities, roasted malt, a touch of chocolate and maybe some figs...

Most of the same notes as the nose but some in a different order... Getting Dark fruits and raisons right off the bat with some spice that carries out throughout the taste. Nice toasted bread notes giving the taste some body and a little bit of chocolate coming in to round off the finish.

Medium body with an ample amount of carbonation (which is appropriate for the style IMO). This one goes down insanely smooth. Slightly sticky dark fruit aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

Overall, this was a nice treat that I picked up while I was in Chicago. I also picked up Pepe Nero while I was there and this blew it out of the water. The flavors really come out once this had a chance to warm up. Highly recommend picking up a bottle if you happen to come across it.

dcloeren, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thank you jahuneyc for this bottle!!! enjoyed in my stillwater wine glass.

a - poured a dark brown/purple with a generous yeasty head. foamy and frothy and creamy looking. head eventually shrank down to a lid on the surface.

s - spicey. some roast and toastiness...some chocolate/coffee flavors, but the spiciness makes things extremely unique. candied spiciness...like nothing i've ever smelt, but good.

t - starts off with roasted cocoa then again goes into some unknown territory of sweet and spicy all at the same time. finishes with some tingling. dark fruits are in there as well, but the potpouri of spices make it something different. kind of burnt, but not charred...and also very belgian from the yeast.

m - semi-creamy. nice carbonation. not all that full and the alc seems tucked away nicely in this brew aside from the tingle it leaves.

o - overall, this might be the most unique and different beer i've ever tried. it is quite good, but not very farmhouse. not very any style. in a class of it's own. brian makes some interesting and unique beers and this is no exception. seems like how i would imagine a belgian porter to be.

cosmicevan, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Siopisophy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Siopisophy, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -23.3%

GRG1313, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +2.3%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +27.9%

HopStoopid120, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$5.99 for 11.2oz from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

A: jet black, opaque, tan head
S: rich roasted malt, cocoa, coffee
T: rich roasted malt, doesn't strike me as a saison but deep malt and nice hop bitter finish, lacks complexity and spiciness of a traditional blond saison
M: rounded, mellow, well-attenuated, good balance

wisrarebeer, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +27.9%

EasyReader, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of goldie2828
4/5  rDev +2.3%

goldie2828, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +2.3%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Bung
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.7 Very dark pretty much black pour, light tan head. Pretty good staying power and laces ok.

Aroma, yeasty and rye like spice. Light toasted malt, chocolates, some molasses and citrus. Pretty interesting.

Taste, Toasty malt, grains, yeast, chocolate, peat. Wide array of flavors very well integrated. Christmas spiced cocoa finish. Reminded me a bit of some of the HaandBryggeriet stuff.

Medium bodied, very well coating, but very easy to put down. Good amount of carbonation but it is very fine. Alcohol is non-existent.

These dark Saisons have really been hitting the spot for me. Kind of like lighter accented stouts or some sort of opposite of barrel aging stouts.

I smell the need for a new style here...

Bung, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

forgot who sent this to me but it's been rolling around in the fridge for a while now. Thanks!

Nice brown out of the bottle and a 3-finger oatmeal cookie head that has brown specks in it. Settles out in a few to a 1cm head. Smell is sweet and undefined; some grainy veggies and some dark spices. Taste follows, I get corn husk, black pepper, something sweet like red grapes and red apples. Plum skin, maybe. A mild tartness, and some lingering spices too. Overall, an odd beer- one I'm in no rush to revisit.

ShogoKawada, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +2.3%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.