Black Solstice Saison | Fitger's Brewhouse

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Fitger's Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by zeff80 on 01-08-2012

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 6
Photo of MBrausen
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap into a snifter.

A. Pours a dark brownish-black hue, 1 finger thick of white head, takes a minute or two to settle to a nice 1mm layer.

S. Smells of dark chocolate, wheat, oats, sweet cherries and spice tips.

T. Tastes of wheat, belgian yeast, slightly spicy peppers, and loads of peppercorn to finish.

M. Medium body, mildly thick and slightly chewy, low carbonation feel

O. An okay beer. A solid body, but the spices are really throwing me for a loops. I haven't had enough Saisons to know if this is common, but it takes away from the traditional belgian mouthfell. It's an okay beer, but I won't likely ever have it again. I'm not at all a fan of peppercorn in my beer.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan, fluffy head bubbles up very nicely on the second glass of the beer on top of a nearly opaque beer that has dark ruby highlights along the edge of the beer. Falls with a great lace. First sip confused me a bit. I liked it, but didn't really know what I was tasting, so took a look at the description from Fitger's website.

Fitger's Black Solstice with butcher block
reflected in glass.
From Fitger's website:
This Belgian style black saison is brewed with pale malts and chocolate malts to add a dark color and cocoa like flavor. Belgian yeasts make strong ester fruity notes and the addition of crushed peppercorns to the brew fermentation. The resulting slight spiciness balances the dark flavors perfectly.

I just love the beer world: black saison--spectacular whether I like the beer or not. Heavy, clean roast in the nose complimented by enough spice to float on top easily. Complicated and interesting nose. Promised fruity esters there with dark cherry. Heavy spice Belgian yeast and pepper. Roast continues in the taste along with a distinct saison taste. That's what confused me--clearly a saison, just dark and roasty. Peppercorns bite very hard off the back of the tongue, which is the only thing that hinders the beer at all. I like pepper, especially fresh, but this is still a bit strong.

Overall, a very fun and intereting beer that I'm enjoying a lot tonight, but would suggest backing off the peppercorn a bit and lightening up the beer so the blend works even better.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared with madarab55 and others.

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeastiness and spices with a touch of black licorice. Very interesting.

T - The spiciness seemed to taste a little like spruce tips were used. Nice black licorice flavor with toffee and chocolate. Some caramel sweetness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really interesting black saison. I'm glad I picked this one out.

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Black Solstice Saison from Fitger's Brewhouse
3.58 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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