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

A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2)A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2)
BA SCORE
76.3%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 346 ratings
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
Ranking:
#7,793
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
346
Liked:
264
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
11.57%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Photo of ryan33iowa
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Mahogany in color when held to light. Head is a creamy tan color that fades to a thin chessnut colored layer atop the brew. Leaves behind some lacing initially but it fades as you drink.

S: Very complex aromas of toasted malts, caramel, toffee, molasses, and black pepper. Then you are with a strong scent of dark berries. The aromas of hibiscus and rose hips come through well at the end with a nice floral hoppiness.

M: Medium in body and carbonation. Crisp, smooth and slightly creamy feel. Alcohol is well hidden but still detectable. Finishes semi-sweet and tart.

O: A very unique and complex brew. I found it to be very enjoyable. For all it has going on it is surprisingly well balanced and drinkable. I would highly recommend this beer to fans of the Belgian styles, or to anyone looking for something different and delicious.

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Photo of Whyt4243
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

very cool beer, i havent had anything new from stillwater in awhile, so this is fun. on tap at world of beer downtown. it has some interesting ingredients, and they are really on display here. the hibiscus and rose hips give a bright floral but not perfumy complexion to a beer that seems to have the grain bill of a stout, or at least a heavy brown. very roasty with coffee notes too, so its uncommon to see such blooming summery things as these in a beer like this. the saison part is lost on me a little though, i am so focused on the interaction of the additives with the dark grains, that all of my attention is zapped, and whatever strain of yeast is in this beer fails to make an impression on me. that doesnt bother me though, i like it as a black ale, or even as a brown ale, its fun, totally different, and in line with the other stillwater beers out there. a belgian kick to the finish, some mild bitterness, and the hibiscus lasting through it all. clever beer to say the least, not perfect, not my favorite from them, but one to certainly admire and take in, as there isnt much else like it happening out there right now.

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Photo of paresis
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 76.3% out of 100 with 346 ratings
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