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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: 298
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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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of zeledonia
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 18 October 2014.

Pours a deep rusty brown. Little head, okay lacing. Fine.

Smell is unusual for a stout, though so is the darkness. Smells more like a porter, with woody dark roasted malts. There's a bit of ambiguous saison yeast character behind it.

Taste is much more interesting. The roast blends well with saison spice and some juicy Belgian stuff that's tough for me to describe. Varied and tasty. Yum.

Feel is fine, though nothing special. Medium body, medium-low carbonation. Slow steady fade out.

A tasty, unique saison. Though I don't think I'd have pegged it as one without the label. Complex flavor, with lots of fun stuff going on.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.


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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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The palate is big and fruity with dark dried fruits predominating over background grain flavors.
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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...

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

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A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.