Ten Ninety / Pollyanna Imperial Black Saison
Ten Ninety Brewing Company

Ten Ninety / Pollyanna Imperial Black SaisonTen Ninety / Pollyanna Imperial Black Saison
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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
10.8%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.98%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
34
From:
Ten Ninety Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  4
Gots
  3
SCORE
91
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Ten Ninety / Pollyanna Imperial Black SaisonTen Ninety / Pollyanna Imperial Black Saison
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 34
Photo of bushbeer75
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz [750 ml] - brown bottle - not dated

Ten Ninety Black Saison poured an almost pitch black hue. Atop sat a 2-finger khaki colored head that held well. Spotty lacing clung to the sides of my tulip glass. Aromas of dark fruit, raisins. plums, and light spice from the cloves. The taste is very similar to the nose with the brew becoming sweeter as it warms. Just a very slight hop bitterness is noted at the finish. Mouth feel is smooth, a little chewy and a high-medium body. Carbonation is active. Alcohol is well hidden for a 10.8 abv.

Overall, Ten Ninety is a different take on the Saison/Farmhouse Ale than I am used to. However, that is not a bad thing in this instance.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Walgreens. Served in a New Belgium tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and minimal lacing. Dark brown body with some translucency at the fringes.

S - Spicy farmhouse yeast, dark malts, perhaps some wheat? There's a dunkelweizen sort of flavor profile happening here, with dark fruits, cloves, roast, and a touch of spicy alcohol. Semisweet chocolate surfaces as the beer warms. Wouldn't have guessed 10.8% if I didn't know Ten Ninety's modus operandi.

T - Flavor is similar, although the grain and roast dominates the palate a bit more. Again, it's more of a dunkel weizenbock, as the yeast character is more clove and spice influenced than I'd expect from a farmhouse beer. Again, gets a bit sweeter as it warms. but with more dark fruit rather than cocoa - figs, plums, berry, and so forth.

M - Chewy, medium-full body, pleasant soft moderate carbonation, not much alcohol warmth; drinks more like Aventinus' 8%. A touch of lingering stickiness, but fairly dry and attenuated for such a big beer.

D - Interesting brew. I split it with my roommate and we had little trouble finishing the 750ml bottle. I wish it were a bit more farmhouse in character, but it's still an enjoyable and fairly unique offering. I initially thought this brewery was very gimmicky, but I've been enjoying their offerings more and more.

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Photo of tdmccarthy
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very interesting beverage. Very complex with some roasty malts mixed with the Belgian (I assume) yeast. It has a nose of the malts mixed with some banana and bubble gum. These are flavors I usually don't care for but for some reason it works here to create something unique. The high abv is well hidden too.

I wouldn't call this a saison but it can't be pigeon holed into any particular category in my opinion. It's definitely worth trying. I'm glad that Ten Ninety is now available in Peoria.

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Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ML into a snifter.

Smells great, lots of black pepper. Poured a little hard, which generated a good head, two fingers. It dissipates, but still leaves little swirling pools of foam. Big flavor, a little malty, but still true to the style. Smoky flavor as it warms, a little bitterness on the back end. Solid body, good carbonation, feels good going down.

I know there's a few people jacking the ratings on Ten Ninety's beers, and they should be banned, but this is a really good beer. A great saison and even more impressive when you factor in the high ABV for the style. Definitely will buy again and recommend you buy it if you have the chance.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, banana, clove, pepper, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char/smoke, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, banana, clove, pepper. dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char/smoke, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, banana, clove, pepper, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char/smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; with an awesome yeast/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane black saison style. All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the huge ABV. An absolutely amazing offering.

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Photo of Lagrobp
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really great blend of yeast fruitiness, spiciness from the hops, and roast from the malt. Was expecting more alcohol flavors because of the higher abv, but it's more subtle and masked by the other flavors. It's an easy drinking beer whose abv will sneak up on you, but I doubt you'll complain.

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Ten Ninety / Pollyanna Imperial Black Saison from Ten Ninety Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 34 ratings