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Saison Noir - Rockmill Brewery

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Saison Noir
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16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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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, Tuesday at 05:19 PM
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3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
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, Tuesday at 02:52 AM
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3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Saison Noir from Rockmill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.