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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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:
345
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
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Photo of meanmutt
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep brown with garnet highlights and a frothy khaki head that dissipates to nothing.

Initial aroma is bubblegum, chocolate, and flowers. I get the rose hips, but hibiscus is a stretch. There's a bit of funk.

One of the drier saisons I can recall, likely accentuated by dark malt. More bubblegum, a little funk, floral notes, and a light tartness. Mint emerges late.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

I like the sour notes and funk, but that dark malt doesn't jive well for me as it warms. One of few beers I'd advise drinking on the cold side. Very intriguing.

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Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of elec
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of fehrminator
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mrjbrown27
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of woemad
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz/375mL bottle purchased at the Total Wine on the northside of Spokane. I forget what I paid for it. Unlike the example pictured on Beer Advocate, this bottle's label does not feature a batch number or any boilerplate about it being part of an "Import Series," but does state that this was “brewed & bottled by Twelve Percent, Westminster, MD.”

Poured a dark brown color that looked black once it was settled in a St. Bernardus glass. Big, creamy light tan head that stuck around for a while. A goodly amount of sticky lace was left on the sides of the glass.

Aroma was of raisin-like dark fruits, initially. As it warmed, some fruity esters and a muted spiciness reminiscent of a Belgian yeast made their presence known, but it seemed a bit low key.

The taste starts out with some dark fruit flavors, but are quickly mated to a modest, dry grassiness and some low intensity cocoa notes that increase in the fadeout. There’s also some fruity flavors floating about in the background that remind me of pears and Granny Smith apples.

Good carbonation, but a little too full-bodied for the style, in my humble opinion – but not to a crippling degree. Mouthfeel is where so many ersatz Belgians come up short, and this is no exception.

This is an interesting “dark” saison – my second of this unofficial style (the other being Selkirk Abby’s St. Thomas), and it’s more fruity and full bodied, but I think it loses a little in drinkability. I can’t see myself having more than one, though at 8% abv, that’s probably a good thing. At the right price I would drink this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of t8dd
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Eighty
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WhiskeyMax
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very Dark, I could barely see light through it. 1 finger of head lasted for 45 minutes

Smell: Dried fruits maybe a little musty wood

Taste: Nice dark ale flavor not too sour on the palate, but still noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth, and very easy to drink

Overall: A very good Saison that I hope my store has more of. I will definitely pick up a couple more.

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Photo of Fantalek
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of david18
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. Not freshness info.

Pours out almost black, actually a dark ruby red in the light. Small layer of light tan colored head with some average retention. No real lacing. A decent amount of streaming carbonation bubbles.

Aroma is a bit lackluster. Lots of fruity and yeasty esters, some plum/ sugar plum, the slightest hint of alcohol. As it's warmed up you get a slight hint of a creaminess typically associated with the French saison strain of yeast.

Kind of comes together a bit more in the taste. Lots of sugar plum. Fruity yeast esters, a bit phenolic, a bit of a brown sugar sweetness, the tiniest hints of spice on the back of the palate. Finishes clean.

Has a nice effervescence and a strong carbonation, a touch of a sweet sticky feel that let's you know this is a dark saison. Feels like you would expect a Belgian dark ale to feel.

A pretty good beer, not really sure if I would buy this again, mostly due to the price tag, but it's worth one try. This could easily pass for a Belgian dark ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Rutager
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alpineclimber for this and many other great beers.

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a massive frothy, khaki head.

Smell. Funky and spicy saison yeast, chocolate and a bit of dark berries.

Taste. Lots of creamy milk chocolate with that funky saison yeast, a little bit of dark berries and fruit in there and a very subtle floral quality.

Mouthfeel. Medium plus body, low amount of soft carbonation.

Overall. Interesting stuff for sure, haven't tasted a beer quite like it. Good flavours and a cool twist on the saison. Thanks again Alpineclimber!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.89 out of 5 based on 345 ratings.
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