Schlafly Black Cherry Saison | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by AlCaponeJunior on 05-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by barczar:
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3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a modest tan head that lingers as a ring of foam around the glass.

Aroma is dominated by roasty malt, chocolate, a bit of grain, and a subtle note of dark cherry. Coriander and orange peel add complexity.

Tart cherry is present throughout the flavor profile, complemented by coffee-like roast malt and hints of chocolate.
Esters of bananas surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry and crisp.

Overall, an interesting combo. Worth a try, but one is enough. The cherry flavor tends to dominate, dwarfing any subtle saison characteristics.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dieck
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almmost black, in the dim light of the Taproom it appeared very dark purple, but that might have been my imagination. It had a one finger head with some staying power and sparse but ample lacing.

The smell and taste were more of a saison than a fruit beer. Great Belgian yeast flavors, a bit spicy, with plenty of black cherry, although not overpoweringly so. The cherries appear more in the taste than they do in the smell, at least to my pallet. There's just a touch of funk in there too, which I love in a saison. If you gave me this beer on a blind taste test, I would be hard pressed to call it anything other than a saison.

Body is light and pretty well carbonated, pretty easy to drink. Lighter than many saisons, my 20oz glass went down pretty easy.

Absolute must try when you're at the Taproom in St Louis. This place remains one of the city's gems.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, yeast, roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, slight spice, and a hint of citrus (cherries?). Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, citrus hops, hint of smoke, floral hops, slight citrus, slight spice, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a Mad Elf tulip.
Pours an extremely dark red, very close to black. Little bit of head quickly settles leaving just a ring.
Smells a little funky, earthy. I'm not really smelling cherrires or anything fruity.
It tastes a slighty funky. There is the mildest taste of tart cherries, but not much. There is a strange tartness on the back end that I can't quite put my finger on. Almost like a smokiness, without being smokey.... I wish I could explain that better.
It is decent in the mouth, could use a bit more carbonation. I won't hold the carbonation against it because it is in a growler, fresh from the tap may be a little better. Otherwise it is a slightly thinner body (which I find works in a saison) that coats the mouth.
This isn't a homerun, it may not even be a triple...but it is a good enough to try, especially if you are a fan of saisons. Others may find it much more desireable than me, who knows?

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's no end to the twists and turns that brewers take to contrive a product that's both unique and worthy of consumption. As if authentic tasting saisons aren't enough, the "black" saison is born. And then to add cherries to the kettle seems remarkably assertive for highly imaginative brewers, but for the rather conservative brewery like Schlafly....

With its dark effervesence and nearly billowing head, the beer is easily mistaken for stronger and darker Belgian-style versions like Unibroue Trois Pistoles. Yeasty to the point where no light penetrates, the beer's off white head retains very well and laces predictably.

Malty with the driest and heaviest toast without going roast scented, an inherent tinge of peppercorn, dried orange peel, floral coriander, and the oddly appealing acidity that is somewhat undiscernible, but likely results from cherries.

Flavors of the dry toast, fresh cracked black peppercorns, and understated sweetness of pilsner allows the slight powdery taste of ash to assist in dryness- a great juxtaposition to the supple yet juicy taste or citrusy oranges, acidic lemons, and tart cherries. Where the taste of fruit is presence, the associated sweetness is fully fermented and results in a dry fruit taste to accompany that of dry malt. Still, the floral coriander and perfumy aromas translate to mildly soap flavor and musty malt.

Dry, dry, dry from start to finish. The early peppery heat is aided by the prickle of champagne-like carbonation with acrid textures of toast char. A quick and fleeting finish leaves the beer effortless to drink as the bubble push the malt off the tongue and ushers in an evaporation texture even before the beer resonates in taste. But it's the odd tartness of cherries that keeps me flip flopping on whether its an attribute or deterrent.

I really like and applaud the efforts of Schlafly in this beer, so I hate to downplay its successes. But like many American-brewed versions, it stops midstream on the flavor, aroma, complexity, and full effervescence of traditional and authentic saisons. But if this could be achieved, then the added layers of charred grain and cherry infusion could have played excellent roles in more success.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the brewery.

Very dark in color with red tints. The light tan head sits shortly and leaves a few spots of lace.

The nose is comprised of Belgian yeast, cherries, light cocoa, and
light tartness.

The flavors are full of wheat, cherry, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, fruity esters, and finishes with a crisp tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium and has crisp carbonated feel. Despite the dark color that usually resembles a colder season brew, this saison is perfect for the hot season.

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Schlafly Black Cherry Saison from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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