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Review by joe1510 on 02/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 15 4 8 2010
64oz Growler
Goose Clybourn

A strong pour doesn't show much head at first but then quickly produces bubbles to fill the final quarter of this tulip. They call this a black saison and that's no exaggeration, the only time I can see any change of color is when I hold the glass directly in front of a light and I get some rusty red highlights. The head snaps to attention, holds its spot and slowly crackles down to a solid crown with a collar that leaves behind some thin lattice lacing that slides back into the glass.

The nose on this newer style of beer shows off all the signs of a good yeast strain. Bubblegum, red apple and a dash of banana that segues into very mild clove abound deep into this brew. Each swirl of the glass gives me a blast of dusty cocoa powder and light but noticeable anise that works surprisingly well with the traditional saison aspects. The malt backing is light besides the cocoa and anise qualities with only a touch of sugar cookie/candi sugar and the hoppiness brings along some damp straw notes. Both the anise and cocoa work surprisingly well, the anise especially.

Each sip follows the tracks left behind from the smell, although in a slightly different order. The smooth cocoa powder starts things off and stays consistently in the middle of the pack throughout. Juicy red apple comes along mid-palate and the other yeasty esters soon follow. Bubblegum, dusty yeast, ripe banana that stays mild. This is an interesting brew form the guys at Goose. I really enjoy the contributions of the darker malts.

The body has a light feel up front that slides into a moderate feel halfway down. The carbonation becomes fizzy on the swallow and tickles the throat but never reaches prickly. The beer leaves a slickness across the tongue which holds onto some of the maltiness and lets it linger.

Is this beer drinkable? Without a doubt. This growler isn't going to be enough for me this evening. Even though the darker malts are used the refreshing saison qualities are still there and that keeps this brew flowing.

Goose is hit or miss on some of the Belgian styles at the brewpub, usually hit, but they managed to nail this one. I've been seeing a few black saisons here and there and so far this one takes the cake. Here is another super enjoyable brew from the guys on Clybourn.

Reviewed: 6/6/09

Price: $16.00 Served In: Tulip

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