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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

200 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 18
Gots: 14 | 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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dogfishandi

New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. Not freshness info.

Pours out almost black, actually a dark ruby red in the light. Small layer of light tan colored head with some average retention. No real lacing. A decent amount of streaming carbonation bubbles.

Aroma is a bit lackluster. Lots of fruity and yeasty esters, some plum/ sugar plum, the slightest hint of alcohol. As it's warmed up you get a slight hint of a creaminess typically associated with the French saison strain of yeast.

Kind of comes together a bit more in the taste. Lots of sugar plum. Fruity yeast esters, a bit phenolic, a bit of a brown sugar sweetness, the tiniest hints of spice on the back of the palate. Finishes clean.

Has a nice effervescence and a strong carbonation, a touch of a sweet sticky feel that let's you know this is a dark saison. Feels like you would expect a Belgian dark ale to feel.

A pretty good beer, not really sure if I would buy this again, mostly due to the price tag, but it's worth one try. This could easily pass for a Belgian dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 20:28:24 | More by dogfishandi
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heygeebee

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-12-2013 03:00:24 | More by heygeebee
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alpineclimber for this and many other great beers.

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a massive frothy, khaki head.

Smell. Funky and spicy saison yeast, chocolate and a bit of dark berries.

Taste. Lots of creamy milk chocolate with that funky saison yeast, a little bit of dark berries and fruit in there and a very subtle floral quality.

Mouthfeel. Medium plus body, low amount of soft carbonation.

Overall. Interesting stuff for sure, haven't tasted a beer quite like it. Good flavours and a cool twist on the saison. Thanks again Alpineclimber!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 02:17:49 | More by Rutager
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-22-2013 03:13:39 | More by Haybeerman
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-21-2013 02:05:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-13-2013 00:14:23 | More by jzlyo
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Xandrose

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-12-2013 04:31:57 | More by Xandrose
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Drknight

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-18-2013 20:32:23 | More by Drknight
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BaltimoreBeerLover

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

09-17-2013 02:43:45 | More by BaltimoreBeerLover
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

09-07-2013 20:34:51 | More by nh2032
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AgentMunky

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-28-2013 04:07:33 | More by AgentMunky
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C_S

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

08-22-2013 18:12:49 | More by C_S
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #3, best before Oct 2013.

Pours with a booming, vicious but pretty dark-tan head comprised of the tiniest of bubbles. Body is an opaque, dark chocolate color. Very sticky lacing.

Aromas are full of tangy berries, with a backdrop of molasses and brown sugar. Yeast is strong.

Flavor is pretty wild. Raisins, bitter berries, rich dark chocolate (chocolate mousse pie), and some black licorice as it warms. Initial mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent, with the finish coming thru fairly sticky for a Saison. Very rich and filling.

Very much a dessert Saison, if there ever was one.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 18:02:51 | More by BeerImmediately
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SupremePie

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-13-2013 13:22:47 | More by SupremePie
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icehawk

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-09-2013 18:41:16 | More by icehawk
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-03-2013 20:20:43 | More by schopenhauerale
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lsummers

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

08-03-2013 02:54:20 | More by lsummers
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-11-2013 01:38:59 | More by pathman
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dcollinsOX

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-07-2013 23:59:30 | More by dcollinsOX
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-06-2013 09:26:06 | More by JellyJacket
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-03-2013 20:02:22 | More by Boone757
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-27-2013 21:02:27 | More by kaelingirl
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-25-2013 08:49:23 | More by jaxon53
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Timmy13T

New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

06-23-2013 14:03:53 | More by Timmy13T
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BubbleBobble

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

06-18-2013 06:35:34 | More by BubbleBobble
A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.