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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
346
Reviews:
134
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
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23
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Photo of mothman
1.36/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tan head. Dark brown color. This beer is a mess. Burnt malts. Tastes like ash, char, and spices. Chocolate and caramel if you can get through the burnt rubber. Hard pass.

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Photo of crusian
1.38/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bottle from Dan at pinnochios, thanks man... or rather... no thanks. :) but seriously, you are awesome, this beer, isn't.

Pours with a head that desperately tries to escape the glass... dark dark saison... looks good.
The nose is a mix of saison and roasted... actually smells like vomit... and to be honest, tastes terrible, like death. if you can imagine what something that died a week ago tastes like... This review just got cut short. Drain pour. I am gagging. I don't taste or smell any off flavors per se, they just don't go well together. Bad.

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Photo of rrafnad
1.85/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Eighty
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of david18
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.36/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Coffee brown color with an off-white head of 3 fingers. Leaves nice lace on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Nose is faint but consists of some herbal qualities, molasses, some nuttiness and coffee.

Oh. This is nasty stuff. It's like a fistful of rosemary and a glug of expired cough syrup. Dry herbs and alcohol finish out the flavor.

Feel is creamy and heavily carbonated. A bit dry on the finish.

Overall, no, this is not good. Will not revisit again.

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Photo of dkw0063
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of nhindian
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass.

Batch #2, best before October 2012.

A - Pours a chestnut brown color with some dark hints in the middle of it. A bubbly head quickly rises from the depths, finally culminating in a 2-fingered head with moderate retention. It leaves pretty quick, but a half-finger cap lingers behind. Lacing is pretty low, not leaving foam.

S - The nose is much fainter than I would've expected, and bears almost no similarities to a typical saison. There's some burnt and even roasty notes here, as if it's trying to be like a Black IPA. Outside of that, some yeast and floral notes are buried here, but aren't readily apparent.

T - As in the nose, the taste brings elements of roast and chocolate, which honestly I don't think melds with the saison backbone nicely at all. The spices, hibiscus, and floral qualities also add a third element which doesn't quite fit anywhere as well. Strangely smokey and overly malty. Not a fan.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with high carbonation. A decent feeling beer, and finishes rather dry which is nice as well.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately low. Can't say I'm not disappointed in this one, especially for $5.99 a bottle (although the price doesn't factor in to this particular rating). A nice concept, but I'm not sold on it as you don't get much benefit from either the saison or the malt here without the other interfering. I'm glad I tried it, but won't be seeking it out again.

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Photo of Miami66
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

forgot who sent this to me but it's been rolling around in the fridge for a while now. Thanks!

Nice brown out of the bottle and a 3-finger oatmeal cookie head that has brown specks in it. Settles out in a few to a 1cm head. Smell is sweet and undefined; some grainy veggies and some dark spices. Taste follows, I get corn husk, black pepper, something sweet like red grapes and red apples. Plum skin, maybe. A mild tartness, and some lingering spices too. Overall, an odd beer- one I'm in no rush to revisit.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Enochase04
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of jbeizer
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Timmy13T
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Very dark color bordering on black. There is a giant tan head.

The aroma is dominated with roasted malt that yields mostly bitter char and slight coffee like aroma.

The taste starts out dry with bitter malt flavors. This tastes mostly like a dry stout with a gentle spicy yeast kick.

This is relatively light for a stout but on point for a saison. The carbonation adds a nice crispness.

Overall this is decent, but unremarkable. I don't get these dark saisons; the best parts of saisons are too fragile to hold up against roasted malts.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a wine stem.

Pours a deep, dark amber/brown, with a couple fingers of fizzy mocha head. This peters down pretty quickly, retaining with mostly gentle foamy edging that leaves back a light cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells of ripe dark fruit, spice, and then a roastier malt presence across the back. This is mostly dark fruit and spices though.

The taste is similar, with dark malt, darker fruit, and an earthy hop presence. Plenty of spice is present too, which hangs strong in the finish along with a touch of dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and while mellow up front, this prickles up with some strength on the tongue. This has a pretty lively feel to it that matches up well with the spice.

I didn’t really get this one. Fruit, dark malts, and spice are what stood out to me the most here but the overall profiles just had a flat feel to them that didn’t get me excited in any way. I do like the label on this though and it’s basically what made me take a chance on it. I guess it did its job.

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Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Dewsby
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Chou
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Carl_R
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark cola brown with a light khaki head. Not gonna lie. This looks like a coke.

Yeasty aroma with a little bit of a floral hop aroma. A little bit of spice and some black pepper. Good dark fruit aroma like plumbs or figs. Belgian yeast on the pallet with dark fruits and some floral hops.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is drinkable and I'll enjoy it but it doesn't hit the mark for me on the saison front.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Huge, pillowy, pink-khaki head with ok lace. Dark cola body with dark brown highlights.

S – Fresh mint, lemon zest, hand soap, and a touch of caramel.

T – Potpourri up front. Wheaty center with coffee grinds, bitter chocolate covered cranberry, and lavender. Unfortunately the floral notes are bit too much, and they culminate in a floral soap-like finish.

M – Medium/light body. Dry finish. Relatively smooth with a nice carbonation.

O – A nice refreshing body, but the association of the huge floral notes with soap really hurts this brew for me.

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