Doctor's Orders Synapse | Doctor's Orders Brewing

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Doctor's Orders Brewing

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Autumn 2011 & the Late Winter 2013 seasonal is Synapse. Synapse is a Black Saison which is yet another emerging twist on a traditional style. Think a dark Belgian/French Saison at more than full strength (6%). Lovely spice, hints of chocolate with a traditional Saison aroma and a refreshingly dry finish.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-16-2011

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown colour with slight off-white head, thin film. Lace is decent, not as sticky as it could be. Not bad.

Smells kind of 'off'. In a good way. Plenty of weird Belgian funk but dark malt as well, and the combination kind of produces a corporeal, vomitous kind of aroma. Slight acid with an earthy, almost meaty smell. It's a curious smell, not wholly successful just because the roasty aromas mar the refreshing saison nature, but yeah interesting.

Taste is interestingly roasty up front, with cocoa notes and a bit of toasted grain. Develops slight funk notes midway, with fair amount of acid, touch of cranberry, but not a huge funk flavour. Finish is toasty and of a nice length, with a development of chocolatey sweetness. This doesn't have as much funk as your best saisons, but instead it's quite a tasty mild dark beer.

A bit tart and sizzly on the mid-palate, but really well padded by the end. Quite a nice texture.

Yeah, I really dig that by the finish. I think Doc could have upped the saison funk ante a bit, but it's an otherwise pleasant beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black saison. Trust Doc to brew Australia's first black saison. Let's see how it compares to the only equivalent beer I can think of: Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Noire. Sampled on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst.

Pours a deep reddish brown, mahogany deep when held to the light. Head is a filmy but fine mess of light brown bubbles, that stick in wonderfully anarchic lace patterns down the inside of the glass. Body is light, but the carbonation is rather languid nonetheless. Looks good.

Nose is an odd blend of lightly roasted malts and a distinct spicy acidity. It careens wildly on the inside of my nostrils, giving some caramel sweetness here, then organic rustic rankness there all spiced up with a bite of citrus. Can't quite wrap my head around it.

Taste is similar, but oddly thin through the centre. Roasted malts give a coffee scent through the centre, but the spicy, slightly phenolic bite jangles weirdly with it, giving it medicinal tones. Minimal sweetness, and not a huge amount of breadth on the palate, meaning the finish is too sharp, abrupt and slightly bitter.

A weird brew, and one which is on the cusp of working, even if it doesn't quite get there. How does it compare to Bam Noire? Well, I feel the final sentence of that review is equally fitting here, so I'll use it again: it's an adventurous and unusual beer, and I respect that.

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Doctor's Orders Synapse from Doctor's Orders Brewing
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 4 ratings