Saison De Banc Noir
Green Bench Brewing Co.

Saison De Banc NoirSaison De Banc Noir
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,869
Ranked #37,416
3.67 | pDev: 9.81%
Green Bench Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
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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Photo of hman43
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of TH28
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BWED
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

.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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a snifter, the bree appears a muddy brown color with a khaki head that fades leaving patchy lace. This smells fruity like pear, apple, raison and some citrus. This tastes a little more malty and earthy with dark fruit raison/molasses and pear/apple skin character. This is light bodied and fizzy with carbonation. Not a bad brew but the brett version was more complex and interesting.

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Photo of Zach136
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: hazy brown thin head

Aroma/Flavor: Notes of brown sugar and dark fruit. More toasty on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dry and refreshing.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No bottle date. Served in a wine glass

Appearance: deep brown with some red light though. Highly carbonated. Clear but boring.

Nose: wine, tannins, citrus, yeast and malty sweetness

Taste: very dry, sweet, lemon, malty, yeast

Overall: the Saison de Blanc Vert was better. The red wine barrels adds too much tannins.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Bench "St. Peter's Saison De Banc Noir"
16.9 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$7.95 @ Outlet Liquors, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Appearance: Clearly filtered, there's no sediment, but it has a haze to it. Dark mahogany body beneath a short head of creamy off-white/very light tan.

Aroma: Spicy over fruity and lightly sweetish caramel malt with a hint of oak.

Flavor: Wider, but no bolder than the aroma suggest. Black pepper. Red and dark fruits. Oak. Generally dry, but even more so given the woody dryness and spice... perhaps a bit too much so in the overall picture as there's not enough going on around it, but also never out of balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dexrinous edge and a very fine bubbled, bristling carbonation. The carbonation could be slightly higher, but is certainly within specifications, and probably best suited to the peppery spiciness and oaky dryness present.

Overall: Techically proficient, but but somehow lacking a certain something that would brighten it and round it out - most likely more yeasty fruitiness. Still, quite an enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown / dark mahagony in color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: roasted malt and woody tones are most detectable.

Tasted: toasted dark bread, strong yeast flavors, and loads of earthy / woody tones. Bitterness is average. A hint of smokiness arrives late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a bit of a slow sipper for me, but an interesting beer overall.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a rather pedestrian saison for me here, dark red in color with a nice white head and good retention on it, but the use of that wine heavy french saison type yeast is off putting with all the darker grain in here, and a balance is never really discovered in either aroma or flavor that makes this a beer id like to drink again. it seems disjointed, like a weird strain of yeast got pitched into a copper ale or something, it has that style hybrid weirdness and lack of fluidity. i do like the feel though, with a on of big soda like bubbles and a medium body that finishes bone dry. my problem i think is just the yeast, its unflattering to the grain selected, and while the beer hints at being well made, i think the recipe may just need a bit of reworking. i didnt dislike it, but it was disagreeable to my palate from a yeast standpoint. will need to try others from green bench to get a better feel for it, but this was forgettable in the form i had it.

edit: forget whatever it says above, the beer i had there was a sample of a test batch before this was fully in production, and they have very obviously worked out a number of kinks. i sort of thought this was a sister beer to the banc that i had with brett, but this one isnt bretted, more belgian than saison really, with a base like a dubbel but a huge bubbled dry mouthfeel to uplift it and make it move, and its so cohesive and delicious i just love it. maybe still real light for a beer called noir, but i like it really well, and am going to bump up some scores here to reflect the one that is now available for sale not the one i had back in the day that seemed like a homebrew...

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Photo of Shaw
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler I had filled today at the brewery.

A deep ruby/amber in color with a short light brown head.

Banana and spicy aroma. Very nice.

Classic Belgian flavor: Complex and earthy and spicy, with bread flavors to boot. Excellent.

Hefty body.

Overall a very nice Belgian-style ale from St. Petersburg. Green Bench is new, but they can brew.

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Photo of mverity
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Bench for Foeder for Thought. Foeder #3. Pours a copper color with great lacing, thin light tan head, thin collar. Aroma is funky red wine, grassy-earthy. Taste is much like the nose but with some caramel sweetness too. Fuller body than the Saison de Banc Vert, and some more carbonation as well.

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Saison De Banc Noir from Green Bench Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 93 ratings