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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

217 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | 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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Ratings: 217 | Reviews: 114 | Display Reviews Only:
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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%

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.

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
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Very dark, murky brown beer. 2 1/2 finger tan, foamy head with seemingly infinite retention.

S: Sweet, dark roasted malts, toffee. A earthy, yeasty aroma, and a whiff of alcohol. Smells more like a tripel than it does a saison, due to the heavy sweetness on the front end of the nose.

T: Taste is not what the aroma led me to expect. It is not nearly as sweet as I expected. The primary taste is that of burnt sugar, mixed with yeast and alcoholic esters. The finish is incredibly dry, with more biscuity yeast.

M: Heavy, chewy body. I have a feeling that this beer could substitute for a meal. There is a ton of carbonation, in the form of tiny bubbles that come off as a bit too much.

O: I am impressed with this beer. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it straddles the line between traditional Belgian dubbels and tripels and the average saison. I wish the carbonation was toned back a little, but that's the only thing that drags this beer down for me. Really a great brew and worth a look.

06-16-2013 22:34:58 | More by DaveBlack
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-15-2013 19:10:46 | More by schnarr84
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-13-2013 04:39:53 | More by Kmat10
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

06-11-2013 01:59:53 | More by biboergosum
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%

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 .

06-05-2013 17:24:22 | More by Slatetank
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Tone

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

05-30-2013 13:35:22 | More by Tone
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-21-2013 20:51:09 | More by InspectorBob
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-18-2013 21:55:51 | More by jtladner
A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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