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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,226
Ranked #23,738
3.85 | pDev: 7.79%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Notes: Black Pepper Saison
Black, Pepper Saison
Black Pepper, Saison
Black, Pepper, Saison
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 46 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first go at a "Blaison." 2019 version. It looks like a black IPA: dark mahogany - nearly black, with a half finger of khaki-colored head and a thin, creamy coating of lacing. It doesn't have the classic Saison smell; I don't detect any banana, clove or coriander. Rather, there is a lot of pepper along with the expected Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is very peppery: it's a strong, freshly-ground pepper but behind it there is some subtle citrus and cracker. It's different from any other beer I've tasted but very tasty. The mouth feel is lite and crisp with a pleasant level of carbonation and at only 4.2% ABV and 42 IBU it goes down very easily. Overall, this is not a subtle beer but I found it to be a really fun change of pace. If you like black pepper, then don't pass Comma by!

May 20, 2019
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. Pours a dark brown mahogany hue with moderate frothing. Ardent aroma replete with hints of plum and raisin. Similar overall flavor profile.

Apr 24, 2019
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Jmamay22 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Always like trying a new Carton beer. And always love a new saison.

This one pours a very dark stout like black. The creamy head retains well and has a khaki color. Nice lacing too. If I were to judge it by looms alone I would have guessed they poured me the wrong beer.

The nose is a very pleasant mix of pepper and herbs. Notes of lemon and thyme as well. No real perceived malt influence in the scent.

In the taste the black pepper is very strong, but keeps from being overpowering. The herbal mix is difficult to pick out and the phenolics give the impression of a fresh lemon curry. Finishes the requisite dry as expected for a saison. Maybe a hint of chocolate or I'm just pushing the dark color into my mind and expecting it.

Mouthfeel is fuller than expected for a saison, yet very lively carbonation. Very good and enjoyable beer on this moderately warm summer day. Another good beer from Carton.

Jul 05, 2014
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Ale_Dog from New York

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: darker than expected for a saison; a little intimidating-in a good way.

Taste: not as much farmhouse flavors as other saisons, and not quite as much pepper flavor as the name may lead you to think. That said, it is an awesome beer. The dark malt carries the saison flavors and hops in a nice subtle way and assertive hops are present in the finish.

Overall: loved it! A great saison for someone who likes something a little more malty or with less farmhouse funk. Surprisingly refreshing for such a dark beer.

May 14, 2014
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st Reviewed 2014. (Even better 5 years later) Released today (April 2014) at the Carton Brewery. This Saison will be a regular in their line up, at least for the summer. If I make any mistakes in this review, I apologize as I am writing from memory.

I made a trip down to the brewer to try this before a kayak. It was 79 degrees and this beer was a perfect early spring day new beer Sunday.

A: Dark as porter, or old stock ale, and as flavorful as wine. Good head retention and lacing. Surprisingly dark, no, not for a pepper saison with a name as black as "comma".

S: Black pepper upfront, along with belgian yeast and sweet/peppery body. Inviting. Going to be a great food beer.

T: Extremely original, but true to Saison. I've had some good American ones lately, from Ommegang and 1st Amendment and others, and this one is equal or above them and squarely in the Belgian category. Pepper first and last, but balanced by yeast, grain, sweet malt and fruity sweetness. Grassy, complex and wine like. Would gladly have another.

MF: Light. Well carbonated, clearly built for April to Oct.

Overall: This brewer is on a roll with finding originality and blending to the satisfying core, being both first, original and yet true to style in the backdrop. Must try.

Apr 14, 2014
Comma from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 46 ratings