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Saison Noir - Rockmill Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rockmill Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattsucks on 04-12-2014)
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3.52/5  rDev -6.4%

riotontheroad, Today at 06:04 AM
Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Very dark brown, almost pitch black with a 1/2-finger head
S Roasted malt, cocoa and Belgian yeast
T: Tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, malt and cocoa. The finish is lengthy but turns unpleasant in a way I can't quite point my finger on
F: Medium-bodied. Pleasant initially but I'll echo my finish comments
O: Agreed this is borderline stout like. I like it except up until the finish, unfortunately it's distinct and lengthy enough it drags the whole beer down a notch. The rest of Rockmill's beers remain favorites

ONUMello, Monday at 09:22 PM
Photo of SHDoyle
4/5  rDev +6.4%

SHDoyle, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of pkalix
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

perfume-y. black. roast-y. a tad sweet. didn't feel like a saison, but whatever. a little sour. a little tart.

pkalix, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +13%

crob3888, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Hardly a saison. More like a roasty stout aged in red wine barrels--maybe with saison yeast I guess. Really nice but very unexpected. Probably gets downgraded by people expecting a typical saison.

SoCalBeerIdiot, Nov 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

PJHOY, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

SteveB24, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Cynic-ale, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

cwxc818, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of jleidner
3.76/5  rDev 0%

jleidner, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

As much of a "Belgian stout" as a "black saison", the robust character of the ale shares a firmly roasted base flavor, but the common Belgian-esque balance of fruit and spice, along with piquant vinous acidity, all play out beautifully over the char.

Dark brown in its color, its darkness is aided by a firm yeasty haze. Billowing with a tall frothy lather, its dark foam sells well an appearance of latte. And that character isn't far off as the nose inherits the strong scent of fresh-brewed coffee, cocoa, roasted walnut and a sharp, dark fruit tang. Robust in initial taste, the wonderful flavors of burnt sugars wrap around the roast, softening its blow.

Expressive carbonation keeps the ale both creamy and light on the palate and body lightens considerably as the scorched molasses-type sweetness disintegrates and the fruit and spice medley take hold. Grilled blackberry, blackcurrant, red grape and plum tease the tastebuds with light fruit juice and its tangy bite. And that's counter to the spicy rebuttal of fresh-cracked peppercorn, woodish tannin, and light aniseed.

Approaching the dry acidity of merlot, the beer's creaminess waivers in favor of spice, alcohol warmth, powdery char and plum skin astringency. The tandem of pepper and tannin work in the beer's favor to keeps the distinctive ale both appetizing, complex and dangerously approachable.

BEERchitect, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a deep black color with a half finger tan head. Looks super dark for any kind of saison.

S: Nothing about this beer is saying "saison" to me in any way, but this smells pretty good. Blackberry, espresso and dark chocolate mingle pretty well here. Again, nothing saison-like in the slightest, but this doesn't smell bad.

T: Just kind of weird for me. Tart black cherry skin mingles with chocolate covered raisins, tart plum and raspberry truffle. Some of the darker flavors work here, but the tartness is really off. A really strange beer that I definitely will not be going back to.

notchucknorris, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt dominate the aroma. Flavor reveals a roasted malt base, with notes of chocolate weaving throughout. There's undercurrents of raisins and vinous notes.

barczar, Oct 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 3/14/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, char, molasses, smoke, and tobacco aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate covered berry, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a solid set of smells, but the slight tartness in the flavor clashes somewhat with the other flavors present.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

Jstonerock24, Oct 12, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%

Steve_Trick, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

eball33, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

OhioLimoncello, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Chuffbomb, Jul 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Chris00710, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

WoodBrew, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Jmitchell3, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Gregvg, Apr 12, 2014
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Saison Noir from Rockmill Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.