Saissons have always been a hit or miss for me. I have a few that hit just the right cords with my palette and some that, in my opinion, are just too much on the fruit taste. Something about this style of beer has always held it back. You will never catch me uttering the word “I can’t wait to get my hands on that Saison”. Sorry, it’s just not going to happen.
That, however, has never held me back from trying a new Saison before. In fact, like just about any style of beer, I’m always happy to try a new beer with an open mind.
It’s with this attitude that I confidently grabbed a bottle of Stone’s new collaboration saisson with the two gypsy brewers known as Stillwater and Evil Twin. If I’ve ever had brews from either of these two gypsy’s it totally escapes me.
Sadly, the first thing that struck about this beer was the $7.99 for a 12oz bottle. That seemed a little over the top for me but I’ve certainly paid more for a beer in the past.
Once you crack the bottle open you get a nose full of smokeyness intertwined with some maltiness and a tinge of spices. Pouring from the bottle to a glass, it pours out like liquid night. Deep dark black with maybe a slight hint of red to it. As you sip, once you get past the smokeyness on the front end you get a sort of black licorice with notes of coffee, two of my least favorite flavors on the planet. That said, it does go down the gullet smoothly and easily.
So what my verdict on this black Saison? Honestly? I’m not sure too sure I’m the guy to ask on this one. I can tell you that it’s not for me. This is another Saison that despite the creativity that went into making it, just doesn’t strike the right cords on my tongue. That’s not to say that if you enjoy a Saison you should stay away. If you are a Saison enthusiast I would actually encourage you to give it a shot and let me know how it works for you and your palette.
Your feedback is always welcome!