Dark Saison
Brewery Vivant

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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
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3.63 | pDev: 5.51%
May 19, 2021
Mar 28, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Exploring the darker side of this summer classic, Brewery Vivant shows that the variation in the Farmhouse Ale is just alive today as it was centuries ago.

Pouring a dark and ruby-black hue with rusty, bark-like browns, Dark Saison releases a balmy sandy froth that carries a plethora of fruity and spicy scents to the nose. As hints of wine, wood, coffee and toast roll along in scent, the taste soon follows with a creamy and light sweetness of malted milk balls, steely caramel and a mild toasty sweetness.

With the sweetness soon giving way to the more toasty, coffee-like and woodsy flavors, a slightly earthier attitude emerges. This is the perfect springboard for the fruit and spice to come. Dark berry, grape, apple and currant leap right out, but with a quick rebuttal from fresh cracked peppercorn, vinous spice and wood spices provide balance and dryness in prep for a final impression of pepper and wine.

Medium bodied and trending dry, the woodsy, peppery and dry fruit character allows for a digestible taste and a bubbly texture with refreshing properties despite its darker impressions. Finishing both fruity and spicy, the spices eventually win out in a medium-length aftertaste.
May 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Dark Saison from Brewery Vivant. Received on 17/3/21 from Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids, MI. $ 13.77 (Including tax)/4-pack of 16 oz cans ($ 0.215/oz). At room temperature at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 8/4/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Undated can. Served at 53.4 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 57.9 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Medium Amber (SRM 12), clear.
Body – Ruby Brown (SRM 24), hazy. When rear-lite, same with the ruby being hazily apparent.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.2 cm, aggressive center pour), Dutch white, high density with an occasional rock, average retention, diminishing to a two mm crown with a thin partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.5 – Initially a bit of char and coffee, but the coffee quickly dies. No malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.5 – Malt backbone evident, no hops, no yeast. Pepper flavor but lacking any spiciness. No alcohol (5.7 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No gastric warming occurs. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3 (After deducting 0.25 point for undated can) Very bland, like a flavorless saison. Either old peppercorns or old beer.
Apr 08, 2021
Dark Saison from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2 ratings