Saison De Banc Noir
Green Bench Brewing Co.

Saison De Banc NoirSaison De Banc Noir
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Green Bench Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #827
Ranked #24,758
3.66 | pDev: 9.84%
Sep 13, 2021
Feb 01, 2014
Saison De Banc NoirSaison De Banc Noir
Notes: By combining the rustic, peppery flavors of our farmhouse yeast strain with the complex dark fruit notes of roasted wheat and dark Belgian candi syrups, we’ve created an intricately delicate “Black Saison” that contains ornate notes of raisins, dark grape, and peppercorns.
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3.85 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Sep 13, 2021
3.8 by Budlum from Maryland on Jun 11, 2018
3.85 by Jcbroome from Florida on Dec 25, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours amber with an off white head. There is plenty of head and some belgian lace.

Smell: It has earthy aromas with pepper. There are some vinous qualities in the nose with some grape and dark fruits.

Taste: The flavors has a strong plum element with some raisins and wine elements. There is also a moderate pepper and spicy note. There are background notes of grape and some tartness.

Feel: It has a moderate body that is slightly syrupy. It has a tart and long lasting aftertaste with wine throughout the palate.

Overall, this is a flavorful saison with dark fruits and earthy flavors leading the way and plenty of over flavors mixed in.

Jun 04, 2017
3.96 by Haybeerman from Colorado on Jan 21, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by TH28 from Florida

500ml bottle. No apparent dating on the bottle. Appearance: Hazy brownish copper, with a nice thick, fluff off white head that lingers. Aroma: Spicy, peppery, earthy saison yeast notes. A touch of raisin, but has a nice typical saison aroma. Taste: Surprisingly light maltiness with only a touch of dark fruit. Strong spiciness with some black pepper and a slight toasted oak. Very dry. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderately high carbonation. Finish: Very dry with a strong saison yeast spice that bites long after the swallow. Overall: Very light and highly spicy and peppery saison. Maltiness a bit light which accentuates the spicy and peppery yeast. Could be a little more balanced, but a nice rustic saison

Jan 02, 2017
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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Kendo from New York

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy chestnut brown that's more orangey-amber when backlit, with a big (3-finger) foamy ecru-colored head. Head lingers quite awhile.

S: First impression: root beer or cream soda. Definitely on the sweet side, with some brown sugar noted, over cinnamon and overripe apples. Molasses too.

T: First impression is more about the overly-fizzy feel than the taste. As for the taste, well, I'm not impressed. A bit tart, though not sour, with some spice (definitely peppery - too much so) and a touch of bread or toast. Finishes with a drying woody-ness and some minerality. After the palate adjusts, I bump the score up a notch.

M: Way too fizzy, and a bit thin in heft.

O: Doesn't drink like a Saison, really. More like some sort of dark Belgian Ale, I suppose.

Dec 29, 2016
4 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Dec 26, 2016
3.79 by Vonerichs from Colorado on Dec 06, 2016
3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Sep 12, 2016
2.56 by Ej8 from Georgia on Sep 10, 2016
3.75 by Masters from Massachusetts on Aug 19, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

500ml pours to a tulip glass dark brownish-red, off-white head. A big plum/date/red grape presence, vinous for sure. Definitely on the sweeter side overall with candi sugar and molasses notes, starts to approximate Welch's grape juice as it warms a bit. A bit earthy with touches of tobacco, apple, toasted bread. A tiny bit of spice. Decent amount of complexity but really lacking when it comes to Belgian yeast/spice/saison+oak barrel qualities. Pretty hefty mouthfeel that feels bigger than 6%, quite smooth with understated carbonation for the style. Pretty tasty but comes across as a 8% dubbel or BSDA rather than a 6% saison. Would've been nice to see more of a balance between the noir and the saison, and more earthy+yeasty qualities to help balance out the dark fruit sweetness.

Aug 09, 2016
3.75 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts on Aug 09, 2016
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TX-Badger from Texas

Pours a clear darker orange almost coppery color with off-white head. Oak, dark fruits, little funk, and some tartness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with oak and dark fruits, little tartness sneaks in.

Aug 05, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by WesMantooth from Ohio

Flight sized pour at the tap room

Light reddish-brown color. Beige head that lasts all day.

Smells yeasty and like sour dark fruit.

Tastes about the same. A little bit of black pepper like spice. Tart, but not overly sour. Red grapes and candied sugar with a funky/eartht yeast base.

Not as carbonated as some of the others.

I liked this one more than the Vert myself.

Jul 23, 2016
3.75 by thecraftbeersocial from Florida on Jun 11, 2016
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3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by BWED from Colorado

.5 L bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Dark reddish-brown with some ruby highlight. Head is tan and towering/rocky. Retention is great.

S- Belgian yeast is up front. Dark fruit, and vinous, and oaky.

T- Very oaky/woody, vinous and some dark fruit notes.

M- Body is surprisingly light, and despite the beautiful towering head, carbonation is lacking. Dry finish is really woody, sawdusty.

O- There is too much presence of wood in this one, or there isn't enough depth in the beer to hold up to the wood-aging.

May 06, 2016
3.37 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON) on May 05, 2016
3.39 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts on May 02, 2016
3.5 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on Apr 14, 2016
3.79 by Lukass from Ohio on Apr 01, 2016
3.84 by Kurmaraja from California on Mar 31, 2016
3 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Mar 30, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, dark orange with a half finger light khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, red wine, rye bread; earthy, a touch of tartness. Flavor is brown and rye bread, saison yeast, dry biscuit malt, hints of dark dried fruit; toasty and earthy with woody notes, finishes dry and woody. Medium bodied with very sharp, peppery carbonation, a bit over carbonated. An interesting take on a saison, not sure I've had a "black saison" before, but the darker, earthier tones and darker malt are noticeable. Quite dry and fortunately the slight tartness in the aroma was barely noticeable in the taste. A fairly straightforward and uncomplicated saison, except for the dark earthy and woody component. A good saison and nice for a change. I'd like to see what else this brewery has to offer.

Mar 23, 2016
2.82 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Mar 18, 2016
3.33 by Syracuse12 from New Jersey on Mar 15, 2016
3.33 by papajohn56 from Florida on Mar 06, 2016
3.72 by tommy5 from Michigan on Feb 16, 2016
3.65 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Feb 12, 2016
3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jan 30, 2016
3.63 by Bung from Michigan on Jan 13, 2016
3.52 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Dec 24, 2015
3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2015
3.81 by sd123 from Georgia on Dec 01, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is clear dark reddish brown in color (dark brown when viewed from afar) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving lots of specks of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with hints of peppercorns.
T: The taste has flavors of Belgian yeast and green peppercorns (not that spicy) along with notes of dark fruits such as Concord grapes. The grapes become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting black saison that has quite an amount of complexity in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 22, 2015
3.54 by ThePerks from Maine on Nov 22, 2015
3.65 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Nov 20, 2015
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big red grape, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, brown sugar, toasted bread, light roast/nuttiness, herbal, grass, light oak, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and compelxity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big red grape, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, brown sugar, toasted bread, light roast/nuttiness, herbal, grass, light oak, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of red grape, plum, fig, pear, apple, brown sugar, toasted bread, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dark saison style. All around great compelxity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 15, 2015
3.65 by nmann08 from Virginia on Nov 14, 2015
Saison De Banc Noir from Green Bench Brewing Co.
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