Black Kisses
Monkish Brewing Co.

Black KissesBlack Kisses
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #184
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,712
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 6.37%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
43
From:
Monkish Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  12
Gots
  7
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Black KissesBlack Kisses
Notes: Mixed fermentation Saison ale aged in oak wine barrels with blackberries and black currants.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no vintage dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red, light orange/pink/purple color with a small dense and creamy light pink head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy blackberry, black currant, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, cherry, cranberry, apricot, pear, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of blackberries, black currants, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy blackberry, black currant, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, cherry, cranberry, apricot, pear, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, wine tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour blackberry, black currant, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, cherry, cranberry, apricot, pear, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, bread, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of blackberries, black currants, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a solid malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance. Increasing pucker through the glass, but not too overwhelming. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a smooth, and moderately creamy/grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.7%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild saison. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of blackberries, black currants, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; smooth and fairly crisp/easy to drink for the ABV, with the moderately acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Fantastic balance between super jammy berries/currants, Brett/Bacteria complexity, and wine barrel presence; with solid pale/wheat malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy/tannic dryness. This was a lot more lactic than I expected, and I have a super high tolerance for acidity. Probably one of the 2-3 year old vintages. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example otherwise.

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Photo of BadBirdBrewing
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

batch 2 from 2/18. opened 3/19.
a:pours a nice deep reddish color with fluffy pink head that builds and hangs out for quick hello.
n:mellow, earthy funkiness, tart cherries, black currants.
t:follows nose. but tartness has mellowed and their house strain is putting in work. def more complex than
a year ago. med-low acidity and getting a bit of oxidation... good layers.
m:light and pillowy. high carbonation... effervescent.
o:drinking better as it ages. i have one more bottle may let it sit for another year or two.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Blue Session. Neon pinkish red color. Aroma is fruity and a bit funky with tart bubblegum notes. Taste is tart, fruity and astringent with bitter cherry pits finish.

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Photo of Raziel313
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Currants and blackberries melange how can you lose. Reminded me of SARA like quality and feel. This is truly spectacular. Made me feel like I was drinking a slightly less better version of St. Lam and Black Agnes at the same time. Which having said that should give you an idea of how tasty this is

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Photo of Beer_Line
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours bright purple. Aromas of juicy berries upfront followed by barnyard funk. Taste is similar to smell with the berries popping in front followed by perfect funk. I cannot stress how well this beer is balanced and refined. With all the breweries doing "ok sours" and "ok saisons", this is a good change. World class. Not overly acidic or overly funky.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Berry aromas upfront with some mild funk in the background.

A: Bright hazy purple color with almost no head whatsoever.

T: Big berry flavor from the currants and blackberries upfront, followed by subtle grain and oak flavors.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. This beer is funky, but not overtly acidic.

O: Outstanding! Originally made for The Full Pint’s 8th Anniversary, this beer melds the fruit (currants and blackberries) aroma and flavors well with the rest of the farmhouse components.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep purple with some pink/purple lacing as head.

S: Farmhouse berries, there in definite funk in this aroma.

T: Great flavor. There is some berry that is perfectly balanced with the funk from the yeast.

M: My only criticism is that it is a little heavy for the style but great carbonation.

O: Great beer. The best I've had from Monkish. Worth seeking out if you can.

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Black Kisses from Monkish Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 43 ratings