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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #3, best before Oct 2013.

Pours with a booming, vicious but pretty dark-tan head comprised of the tiniest of bubbles. Body is an opaque, dark chocolate color. Very sticky lacing.

Aromas are full of tangy berries, with a backdrop of molasses and brown sugar. Yeast is strong.

Flavor is pretty wild. Raisins, bitter berries, rich dark chocolate (chocolate mousse pie), and some black licorice as it warms. Initial mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent, with the finish coming thru fairly sticky for a Saison. Very rich and filling.

Very much a dessert Saison, if there ever was one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, murky brown beer. 2 1/2 finger tan, foamy head with seemingly infinite retention.

S: Sweet, dark roasted malts, toffee. A earthy, yeasty aroma, and a whiff of alcohol. Smells more like a tripel than it does a saison, due to the heavy sweetness on the front end of the nose.

T: Taste is not what the aroma led me to expect. It is not nearly as sweet as I expected. The primary taste is that of burnt sugar, mixed with yeast and alcoholic esters. The finish is incredibly dry, with more biscuity yeast.

M: Heavy, chewy body. I have a feeling that this beer could substitute for a meal. There is a ton of carbonation, in the form of tiny bubbles that come off as a bit too much.

O: I am impressed with this beer. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it straddles the line between traditional Belgian dubbels and tripels and the average saison. I wish the carbonation was toned back a little, but that's the only thing that drags this beer down for me. Really a great brew and worth a look.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Spiced with rose hips, hibiscus, and Schisandra berries. More weird Asian fruit ingredients - cool.

This beer pours a hazy, very dark reddish brown colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy, fizzy pale beige head, which leaves a few upward strands of sea plume lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of grainy, somewhat roasted biscuity malt, medicinal dark fruits - cherry and prune - a spicy rye sweetness, mild barnyard funk, paint thinner, spent yeast, overripe apples, mildly herbal cloves, and a bit of crumbling forest-floor woodiness. The taste is lightly toasted bready, grainy malt, brown sugar, edgy yeast, softly sour red berries, a hint of stale black coffee, earthy anise, faint musty funk, a fading medicinal fruitiness, a tame floral, ethereally perfumed alcohol warming.

The bubbles are decently supportive, and a tad spritzy, the body an adequate medium weight, with a rising metallic edge that more or less precludes smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness fairly tempered by yeast, spice, and roast.

A pleasant enough experiment, the base saison pretty overwhelmed by the roasted character, as well as the fruit and floral notes. It all comes together for the most part, another step on the road to new style attainment, which seems to be a specialty of this particular gypsy brewer.

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A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.89 out of 5 based on 346 ratings.
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