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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is Terrapin's 14th side project.

Added by Anthony1 on 02-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 92
Reviews by Janderson91:
Photo of Janderson91
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Terrapin side project! Very excited.

A - Pours a nearly opaque black with a two finger tan head. Leaves very little lacing.

S - Smell is similar to a normal saison. Spicy and fruity. But a coffee smell is in the nose as well and I'm not sure it works.

T - Taste follows the nose. Fruity and spicy as you would expect from a saison but there is just a slight coffee/chocolate tinge to the taste throughout. Very unique.

M/D - Mouthfeel is a little more full than a normal saison. Drinkability is slightly lower because of the thicker mouthfeel.

An interesting and very unique brew from my favorite brewery. I can't say that I would seek it out again but I enjoyed it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few samples of this last night at a gathering of beer geeks.Poured a deep ruddy brown with a fairly large blooming off white head that left broken chunks of lace behind as it settles slowly.Phenols mainly in the nose along with a sour tinge,phenols were a bit more in check on the palate with that lactic sherry vinegar flavor coming into play but not overpowering.There is a decent shot of dark bread and bitter chocolate to round out a pretty complex flavor profile.Its not bad,I had low expectations but I actually kinda liked the beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Big foamer, dark chestnut

SMELL: Dried plums, vegtal, rye spice, yeast, toffee, estery, faint citrus

TASTE: Plumy, spicy, broth, faint charcoal, moderate hop bitterness, yeast, vegtal, dried grass, spicy rye, semi-dry finish

Sort of a mish-mush of flavors that don't seem to meld well together. Not really dry and crisp enough for the Saison tag and the dark character is sort of the odd flavor out. Decent but sort of a weird brew.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle, side project #14. No freshness/bottling date info to be had.

Pours basically black, under a large dark tan head, that stays, goes to a frothy cap and ample sheeting, stringy lace, and still a thicker, tiny bubble sheen.

The nose is loaded with one note and that is brightly lemon.

Tasty saison, its black but it doesnt taste it. Roast notes are not evident. Some pepper, more lemony citrus, some earthyness. Better then moderate hoppy crunch late.

Well done, I enjoyed it, well worth a try.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit and Belgian yeast notes, as well as some pepper and some light cocoa. The flavor is similar. The dark fruit and cherries come through up front, with some yeast, lemons, orange and caramel malt also being present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, this brew pours almost a pitch black with a tan head that is about 3 fingers thick, but doesn't have the balls to hold up after the last sip.

S: The aroma actually smells like a good Saison. A yeasty Belgium spice and cloves. This brew has a good herbalness to it that one would inspect.

T: The flavor is like a cross between a BSDA and a Saison. Don't be fooled by the darkness, this brew is not as strong as it looks. More herbal notes and Belgium spice, but not enough complexity to satisfy the pallet.

MF: Mouthfeel is average at best, this brew has no body...I thought this was Belgium inspired?

D: Drinkability is meh....this is an average brew.

Overall, if this brew was on tap, I wouldn't mind it. It is crafty, but off for the style. I would have keep the strong spice notes in this brew, added a dab of chocolate malt with dark fruit (figs and raisin) notes and turned this into a bad ass BSDA.

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Photo of jmbraxton
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of glid02
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with purple highlights and a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of a combination of pale, toasted, and roasted malts with hints of dryer black malts. Also present are grassy hops, medium fruit aromas, and indistinct spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more muddled. Dark malt flavors with light roast kick things off and are joined quickly by medium fruits - green apples with hints of pears. What little roast flavors there are intensify through to the middle of the sip before being overtaken by grassy and lightly earthy hops. The hops and dark malts carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness with somewhat overactive carbonation.

Drinkability is also OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is one of the more disappointing beers I've had from Terrapin. If a dark saison is a beer that Fantome has trouble making good then there isn't a lot of hope for others. I don't think attempting a beer in this style did Terrapin any favors and I still look forward to the next SP.

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Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black coloured body with only a little head.Above average mouthfeel and satisfying. A good malting,light roasting, a blackbier with some spices,rye,some bananna, pepper, anise. Unoffensive and unexception, still a pleasant drinking beer. Thanks Doug.

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Photo of sociallooter
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so, this beer hits it straight home. Its almost like a fucking stupid trick...black=malt bitterness (stupid people strong) because it is so dark you expect it to leave that bitterness on the palette...well...ITS A BLACK HEFEWIZEN!!! not really...its a farmhouse terd...delicious, farty, earthy, hefewizen'ry, fucking good.

This beer reminds me of having this beer....its one of a kind. Terrapin is one of my favorite breweries of all time (not bias). Stone sublimely self righteous {same category of awesomeness}

I recommend this beer....to people who like beer!!!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a nice light tan head with great retention and lacing.

S- At first whiff, the aroma has a lot of the spices and fruity esthers that I enjoy out of a regular saison. However, the background features some faint roasted malts that support the dark color.

T- The taste has some roastiness up front with spices and a Belgian fruity characteristic as well. The finish has some more roasted malts along with some Belgian yeast. The taste almost reminds me of a cross between a saison, tripel and a dry stout. Not bad, I just feel the different flavors tend to clash and don't mesh particularly well.

M- The mouthfeel is is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this one was interesting to try but it didn't quite work the way I was hoping. Not bad though, worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber for $8.25 from Abe's Cold Beer. Yeah, this is a bit of a disappointment. There's a hint of mild farmhouse spice in the aroma and flavor, but overall the character is surprisingly bland. Hops provide a light, earthy lemon, but where is the malt? I get a little cocoa, but the grains seem lost. I'm not sure what went wrong here (I usually love Terrapin beers!). There are some fine elements, and it improves at cellar temp, but the balance seems to be off and overall the flavor is dull. Ah well.

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Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of of my few bottles I brought back from NC

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of caramel colored head. Crazy head retention & lacing

S: Dirty & funky with pear notes, plus green apple skins up front

T: Some chcoclate notes mingle with pears & green apple & spicy notes & dryness up front. Some carob notes mingle with a touch of green peppercorn with lemons & green apple, plus hay notes once warm. Finishes with some earthy notes, peppery & boozey pear notes & green apple skins

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & crisp

This really wowed me, Terrapin I wish you distributed near-by...

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It very much resembles a porter. Dark brown color but thinner in texture. It has a very generous sand colored head.

The smell is banana, phenolic funk and roasted malt. It's muted and hard to pick up.

The taste is almost all that band-aid phenolic flavor, and it stays through the aftertaste. The malt doesn't show up much in the flavor, nor does it have a funky tartness that some saisons tend to have.

Mouthfeel has good body and decent carbonation.

This beer just isn't true to style and it doesn't work well for a dark saison, either. The dark malt isn't very prevalent, so it doesn't add that extra dimension that I'm guessing they intended to. On the other hand, absent of the malt, it doesn't work well for a regular saison either.

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Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle:

The beer pours cola black in color with a fluffy tan head that dissipated too quickly, but left a faint ring of the head, no lacing to note.

The beer gave off a lighter Belgian yeast aroma with a very light hint of spice. This is certainly not what I expected from a Saison style beer.

The taste of the beer, I thought, was more of a dry stout with a slight Belgian kick. The taste of the beer was good, but again, not what I expected.

The beer had a lighter feel to it and is smooth.

Overall this beer really just does not work for me. It needs more of a spice kick to it and it needs to have more of a heavier mouthfeel. After this Side Project, I am tiring of them, as they typically are solid B's, but I guess what I expected from the line were beers that were high quality representations of the style. I probably would not recommend this beer to those who like Belgian beers.

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Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Dark black pour, large and lasting off white head. Just barely stuck to the glass.

Aroma, yeast and pumpernickel bread. Some earth, very faint fruitcake, pepper.

Taste, toasted malt, yeasty clove and light red fruit, bannana up front. Roast, anise, pepper stings the finish. Faintest hops.

Lively carbonation keeps this going down easy. I just wish there was a little less clove.

Quite interesting but not quite as nice as the Stillwater dark Saisons I've tried. Nicer price than those however.

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Photo of aepb1
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Black body with a creamy tan head

S- Yeasty, spicy, herbal hops, some citrus notes in there too

T- Citrusy/floral hops from the start, some spices in the middle and finishes with a touch of bitterness I'd expect from a saison

M- Light/medium body, seems lacking

D- Not a bad beer, but if I were in the mood for a saison, I would turn to others first. If I wanted something on the lighter end I could see myself coming back to this (trippy that it's light since it's such a dark body)

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Labeled as a black saision, project vol. 14.

A: A dark cola exit from the bottle becomes a dense black in the chalice. Erupting with possible aid from a wild Belgian yeast was a aggressive head, a rigid foam structure dark khaki in color, that stood a prominent 3 fingers high. The head remains constant for a good time all the while shellacking the glass with a generous offering of film coating. Labeled as a black saison, im guessing this has to qualify for decent results as it’s the first im experiencing such a twist on this style.

S: Soft musky tones fill the nostrils, aided in part by a soft touch of Schwarz like dark malts, just enough to let you be aware of its presence. In turn it adds a newt twist and touch to a style but in return may take a bit away from the wild belgain yeasty quality that also defines the style. Moist wheat bread, stale graininess but again missed the defining sour fruitiness that I come to expect and enjoy.

T: The flavor brought out more of the sour and spicy fruitiness then the nose led on. Spicy flavor with a soft fruitiness of pineapple and apricots brings a surprising zesty tingle to the taste buds. Soft Schwarz like roastiness settles back here and lets some of the sour fruitiness come out to play, albeit maybe with a little restraint. Spicy fruity and citrus comes alive on the swallow with a soft muskiness but was overall fairly sharp and well defined.

M: Tight bubbly carbonation carbonation brings a lively tingle that sticks around. Malty body with soft roasted tones that warm the inner cheeks.

D: Not a summer time quencher sasion like a bullfrog peche saison, but rather is more at home as a early spring drink or cool weather offering. In general the overall marriage comes as good as can be expected, giving in some areas, but surpressing in others, but overall comes out unique with enough quality that is worthy of a try.

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Photo of Darkale
1.79/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

There are some boundaries that should not be crossed, even though it seems relatively easy to cross them. Making a black saison is one of those boundaries. Apparently, this beer was quite the fast seller at my local beer shop, and I cannot account for its popularity. I found its taste to be sharp, sour, and sweaty-burnt... this is an acrid, unbalanced, and unnecessary beer. When I think of the saison this might have been, before those malts were added... sigh.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black opaque color from the bottle with a light tan head of about one finger. Smell is very intriguing with a an enticing mix of yeastiness, spiciness and roasted malts. Spicy taste initially with a strong roasted malt backbone. Feel is very dry and has a medium body with ample carbonation. Overall a very interesting beer that I think satisfies as a Saison but brings the interesting roasted malt flavors. Definitely one I would recommend if for no other reason than to satisfy curiosity.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a medium size dirty white foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some rustic notes and light peppery yeast. Taste is not as complex as anticipated with a weird mix between some dry roasted malt and some light rustic notes and light funky yeast notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Lacking subtlety that makes Saison such a nice style – roasted malt idea is interesting but really not necessary.

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Terrapin TomFoolery from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 140 ratings