W'12 Dark Saison - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev +2.1%
On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY: pours cloudy dark amber copper color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded and left minimal spotty lacing.
Smells of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, grains, brown sugar, grass, clove, banana and herbs or light spices; nose is soft with floral notes like hops or flowers in the mix.
Tastes of caramel, sweet malt, yeast, grains, brown sugar, grass, clove, wheat bread, banana, herbs or tea leaf, floral hops, fruits that are almost sour like pear or apple, spices like coriander, pepper, cinnamon and allspice, and a potpourri essence; initial taste is good and then the flavor trails off a little weird, but not so offensive that it's bad - just a little off.
Mouthfeel is smooth and on the crisp side, with light zesty carbonation, a medium body and an herbal feel that seems like it's thicker than it is, with a tart fruity finish.
Nice effort and good flavor from a US brewer in this style, which gives this extra points. I'll overlook the strange flavor part since this was OK overall and went down easy enough. Nothing special, but not bad either – a flip of a coin type of beer. I’d try it again, perhaps out of a bottle to see how that tastes.
08-02-2012 03:54:15 | More by CHickman
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
32 ounce growler filled at Green Growler Grocery in Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Pours medium chocolate amber, under a loose light tan head that does stay around for a while, slight film, slim collar and minor but fine lace.
Yeasty, with fruits (bananas mostly) and mild pepper on the nose.
On the light/near watery side mouthfeel wise.
Notes of light chocolate, more fruity yeast, with ripe bananas, again some pepper adds to the mix. A slight mettalic/plastic not also is noted, not too pleasant.
Far from a fine saison, this one seems a bit off to me....try at your own risk, or go for one other hundreds of better saisons out there..
07-26-2012 14:30:56 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev +14.4%
a - dark ruby brown and clear with 2 finger head. Moderate retention
s - very floral and spicy. Very nice smell.
t - A very light bodied yet flavorful beer. Belgian yeast are noticable with the spice, but also some fruity tart/sour notes as well that is very unique and pleasant. Slight hop crispness in finish.
m - a tad watery
o- A very nice summer beer option with lots of flavor and complexity if you are in the mood for something tart/sour. I enjoyed this beer and would purchase again.
07-20-2012 00:51:06 | More by bubseymour
3.4/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.
A: Medium-dark brown. Pours about a finger and a half, frothy, brown-white head. Settles quickly, leaving a thick foam blanket and a beer ring. Sporadic lacing.
S: Hickory and sourdough.
T: Light woody flavor of light hearty grains and tea leaves.
M: Light but hearty feel. Light flavor, and subtle non-distinct aftertaste.
D: Goes down easy.
Atmosphere is decent. Dark hue with a frothy head and only sporadic lacing. Nose is subtle woody grain. Flavor follows suit with a soft woody grainy feel, complimented by some fresh tea. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.
07-07-2012 03:55:43 | More by bmwats
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.
Look - red/dark amber in color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.
Smell - sweetish, musky aroma, with mild hints of spices.
Taste - immediately a bit spicy, but more in taste than in feel...maybe corriander. It sweetens up a bit in the middle and lasts into the finish. The begin and ending tastes/feels converge in the end, instead of melding into something new.
Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans a tinsy bit more on the watery side.
Overall - pretty interesting brew. Good taste, and fun to think about.
07-05-2012 03:41:16 | More by Nerudamann
2.93/5 rDev -14.1%
The beer pours a clear medium to dark brown color with a white head. The aroma has some orange citrus notes, as well as some Belgian yeast and spice. There is also a hint of toffee. The flavor is a little bit medicinal. I get some pepper and orange citrus, as well as some yeast and toffee and biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
07-04-2012 03:50:04 | More by Mora2000
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a clear reddish brown, with a thin tan head. Smells of soured malt. Taste starts with a quite tart, sour flavor, that then transistions to a bit of biscuit. After that is a bit of earthy spicy hops. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall a decent beer, though the tart, slightly sour taste isnt especially to my liking.
06-27-2012 23:43:41 | More by tronester
W'12 Dark Saison from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.