A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2)A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2)

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus in Deinze-Gottem, Belgium with Dr. Canarus. This black saison carries qualities similar to a stout with light roast and burnt sugar flavors, spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries.

Added by Thorpe429 on 11-13-2010

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4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into Pretty Things wine glass

Huge pillowy khaki colored head. Head hold fairly well. Basically the body of a stout. Black and opaque up to the light. Decent carbonation.

Smells of chocolate, oak/vanilla, and clean fermented spicey yeast. Smells good. The aromatics in general are very reserved/subtle.

Flavors of pine and resin, toast, molasses, black licorice and wood. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Caramelized sugar, like a thick stout aftertaste. Still quite refreshing. Yeast lends a spicier kick. Alcohol is well hidden. Very unique.

I'm really impressed with this beer. Superb example of a dark farmhouse. Acidic (not tart), with a soft finish. Clean, crisp, well carbonated. And most importantly delicious.

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4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours nearly black with a light brown head. Foam is soft and retentive.

S: Smells of dark malt and spice up front with a floral, almost wine-like finish, very inviting.

T: Begins with sharp roasted notes leading into a coffee and chocolate midpoint, and ends with a dry and crisp finish.

M: Much different than what I'm used to in a dark ale, very clean and with sharp carbonation. Loved it.

D: Definitely best aspect of this ale is its supreme drink-ability, almost all of the alcohol is hidden and the stronger notes don't accumulate on the palette. The crisp, dry finish is outstanding.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Malty dark dried fruit – fig to date – dominate the nose. the beer ours brilliant deep chestnut with a 1” off-white foam cap.
The palate is big and fruity with dark dried fruits predominating over background grain flavors.
The beer is very creamy with a medium full body and medium high carbonation.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Import Series Vol. #2: Dark Saison Ale
brewed and bottled by Stillwater at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus in Deinze-Gottem, Belgium.
Imported by 12 Percent, Brooklyn, NY

The "dark" saison is surprisingly dark, pouring a black body that allows no light to pass through it. Atop, a frothy head of tan drops steadily from a finger thick crown to a thin creamy cap. the head retention is amazing, and it will maintain a solid surface covering throughout the entire glass.

The aroma is also surprisingly dark, delivering an edge of roastiness and a bit of dark chocolate along with some sweet golden caramel. Some soft red fruitiness is present as well, along with a subtle touch of spice.

In the flavor the dark malt dominates, although a bit of cardamom seems to be appearing as well. There's a nice, soft dark chocolate note to it, and the sweet golden caramel note found in the nose reappears across the middle as it warms a bit. It then it becomes slightly bitter before a flash of dark chocolate roastiness leads it into a dry, short-lingering finish.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied, and the moderate natural carbonation leaves it velvety smooth across the palate.

Rather nicely done. It's not the first dark saison I've tasted (although it is the darkest), but it's certainly one of the most balanced and rounded. It's quite rich without being overdone; and I wonder what foods this would pair with. Well worth seeking out!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, deep brown color with an enormous cocoa head on top that lasts quite a while. Moderate amount of roasted aroma. Mildly fruity with a deep, somewhat earthy spiciness. Great flavor-pleasant blend of moderate roasted grains, chocolate, a whisper of smoke and a certain spiciness. Nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Very smooth, almost sily mouthfeel against the bite on the back of the tongue. A great beer for sure-probably the best I have had from Stillwater.

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Rose Hips, Hibiscus, Scisandra berries Amazingly spiced! Hibiscus adds refreshing mountain forest type of quality.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark is definitely the theme here... dark purplish black with a tan head that holds and leaves lots of pretty lace. nose is lots of dark stuff. dark malt, dark chocolate, dark flowers, red grapefruit, dark fruit (plum?), dark bread (semi-sweet and in the middle of cooking when you can just start to smell it), dark spice (black pepper mostly), and winter/fall countryside (like dark, wet, fallen leaves) with a dark brown sugar/molasses sweetness helping to balance. it sounds thick and syrupy, but somehow, all the "darkness" gets expressed fairly brightly and dryly in the taste. everything is lively, and a healthy hopping leads to a good amount of bitterness which seems to make me salivate and opens up my palate to all kinds of complexities i didn't notice before; one of which being a kind of burdock-like earthiness. another being a character of the roast that almost seems smoky. it tastes like chocolate covered rosehips with a smoked sea salt finishing at times. also very rustic. the herbs are perfectly cured and integrated into the mix like it is an old recipe and they are meant to be there. medium-full body that seems much lighter than it is due to lively conditioning. pleasant bitter is prominent and overrides any kind of prickliness although there is some tingle to it. spice and fruit associated with traditional saison hits in the finish too, drawing a familiar connection between this strange brew and tradition. makes you feel like you've been drinking it your whole life. dark and complex, yet extremely drinkable for an 8+%abv beer. this is a beer for food. can't wait to have one of these with dinner. hope i can find a couple of bottles!!!

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4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

Best before June 2012

A: Pours a murky, dark chestnut color (nearly black) with about three fingers of creamy, khaki colored foam on top. Lots of active carbonation streams help the head to retain for ages, but no lace was left behind.

S: Mildly fruity right in the beginning. Blackberry, black cherry, and lemon. Spices, grassy hops, and roasted malt round out the smell.

T: Mild dark berry, peppery bakers chocolate, earthy/grassy hops, fudge, ripe dark fruit, blackened malt, and loads of prickly spices.

M: Starts off with an amazing fullness that shows off bits of sweet and fruity. This quickly becomes very spicy and earthy during the middle before trailing off with a finish that's full of white pepper and oily hops.

D: Fantastic! This was only my second Stillwater beer and already I'm hooked. I loved how there's a bit of a spice rack thing going on here, but none of the traditional/typical Saison spices. Come to think of it, calling this a Saison is a bit of a stretch, and I loved it for that!

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