Death Or Glory Black Saison
Lavery Brewing Company

Death Or Glory Black SaisonDeath Or Glory Black Saison
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,967
Ranked #43,630
3.43 | pDev: 15.45%
Lavery Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Death Or Glory Black SaisonDeath Or Glory Black Saison
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

A score from the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop that also required an approved picture before I would be CANfortable Crack!ing it open and now I am ready to go.

From the CAN: "This Black Saison combines the best qualities of Stouts and Saisons.”; “English malt, Ameri[CAN] hops, French yeast and Belgian Dark [CAN]di sugar meld together to form fruity, toasty and dark chocolate flavors found only in Death or Glory! Slainte[!]”; “Best served around 45-50 [deg.] F in a classic tulip or large wine glass.”

The Crack! unveiled yet another brimful CAN, plus its foaminess led me to decide that I would not be doing an inverted Glug since I was using a tulip glass, as instructed. It was a wise decision on my part since the glass filled with over three fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head that seemed to take forever to settle. Color was, unsurprisingly, Opaque Black (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was a tropical rain forest of scents, ranging from a concord grapiness to the mustiness of Belgian Saison yeast to a smoky dark chocolatiness from the malts along with a slight sourness, probably from everything trying to work together. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was primarily of the dark chocolate from the malt, but underlain by the interaction of the yeast and the [CAN]di sugar to produce an interesting sweetness. Finish had an initial sharpness that was undoubtedly the Saison yeast, but it was quickly replaced by the chocolaty smokiness. Phew. It is nice to see them putting experimental beers in CANs, but this was more of a novelty than a cooler filler. YMMV, as always.

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4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. can into oversized wine glass.

Look: It looks like a stout. Black with an impressively large tan head that shrinks but never quite fades away.

Smell: Barnyard. Some roasted malt in the background, but mostly barnyard. A little sour, too.

Taste: Coffee. Roasted malt. A little bit of something acidic, barnyard funk, and mild fruity sweetness up front. Coffee and bitter chocolate flavors dominate in the middle. Bitter finish that blends some earthy hop notes with the roasted flavors.

Feel: The head sticks to the glass, but the body is surprisingly light. Goes down easily and doesn't feel as strong as it is. It would be easy to get into trouble with this one.

Overall: A bit of a departure from the style, but a well executed one. The roasted notes dominate the flavor, but they don't completely overpower the acidity and barnyard funk that defines the saison.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.04/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

-Saison. 6.66% abv. (cute). can poured into a duvel chalice.

A: A ruby soft cola pour yields a monstrous 4 finger cork colored head with a whipped, foamy texture showing large air pockets along the vessel walls. Good retention, sloppy, splattered showing of lacing with a shiny 8ball black coloring for the body.

S: Sweet toasted cookies with a hint of butterscotch sweetness upfront is quickly consumed by a french oak barrel and musty barnwood scent. Fresh wheat stalks.

T: Sweet start with a short duration period, yields to a low awareness of musty yeastiness. Sweet flashes of the candi sugar mingles with a fresh roasty coffee flair. Dark grape fruitiness, black cherry fruit, with a fresh yeastiness of bread, sponge cake and dry chocolate. Wine laced barrel woodiness finishes with a roasty chocolate character and dry yeastiness, vinous dry grapes on the fade.

M: Light mouthful, slick and smooth texture wit a low carbonation presence.

O: Overall pretty good level of blended complexity when you break things down, decent flavor with a musty finish. Farmhouse, bier de garde yeastiness, dry stout chocolate malts.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd call the head on this one massive. Slowly reducing, but still showing almost two inches. It's a nice antiquated shade of tan, too, matching the deep brown color of this dark saison. Some light translucency. Laces hesitantly.

Lightly roasty malts border on brown ale intensity. Farmhouse yeast is restrained in the nose with subtle hints of dried fruit and straw. It almost has a bit of acidity. Some Belgian chocolate notes, along with coffee, vanilla, and citrus rind.

A decadent flavor profile for a saison featuring vanilla, coffee, Belgian chocolate, lemon, orange peel, candi sugar, and fresh fig. The yeast is slightly tart, which produces great contrast to what the roasty malts are doing. Slightly nutty, slightly soapy; and offering hay-like funk lite.

Has a richness from the strength and stocky body that I like. A whole lot of carb rattling around in my jaws. Decent.

I don't want to say it's particularly good, because it couls stand to have more assertiveness in the fact that it's a saison. But, I like drinking it, and would consider having another. A unique black saison with conversation to follow.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.44/5  rDev +0.3%

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cola color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, hops, chocolate. Taste is mild compared to the smell. Roasted malts, a light smokiness, a bit of hops, some vanilla, no a flavor profile I would think of in a Saison. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a tight head and a nearly opaque black/dark dark brown color. Head dissipates kinda quickly, leaving behind firm lacing.

Taste is a nice roasted flavor that quickly turns into a mix of saison dryness and char/dry stout flavor mixed together. Notes of black coffee

Feel is like a little thin, but fits the beer well.

Smell is roasted malts and alcohol, the latter of which I wasn't expecting from 6.66%. Not off-putting, just odd.

The ratings so far are much lower than I expected. If rated as a true saison, I understand. But if rated solely on the beer and not thinking about style, I find it enjoyable. YMMV

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2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into a stemmed tulip.

Black with 3 fingers of fluffy khaki head.

Extremely roasty. Charcoal, earth, and cocoa nib.

Roasted barley, charcoal, earth, and cacao. Dark Belgian candy sugar, black pepper, and root beer.

Light bodied, crisp, and well carbonated.

Tastes like a Porter doused with black pepper. All Saison characteristics are lost...

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Death Or Glory Black Saison from Lavery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 42 ratings