Review: Barn Hammer x Nonsuch Lune Noire Black Saison with Brettanomyces

It's been a few years now but I remember when Brasserie Nonsuch was still brewing out of Barn Hammer's facilities.. that's four and a half years ago. Oh how time flies. Barn Hammer and Nonsuch collaborated on a Black Saison called Lune Noire back in 2017 and it ended up winning Silver at the 2018 Canadian Brewing Awards. I actually still have a bottle of the 2017 edition of the beer in my collection somewhere.. I just haven't had time to open it up yet.

From the can: Many, many moons ago, we collaborated with our friends at Barn Hammer while brewing in their space. The stars aligned just right and we won a silver medal at the 2019 (it was 2018) Canadian Brewing Awards for this funky 5.8% ale featuring caramel, cola, and raisin notes amidst Saison phenolics - enjoy! 

Appearance: Deep, rich dark cola-like appearance with a heavy dark brown appearance and a hint of a ruby red hue when against the light. Not noticing any carbonation in the body but the head has a light to moderate amount of beige head on top that diminishes pretty quickly, with just a light amount of bubbles attached to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Rich and caramelly, almost like a dessert beer so far. Hint of figs, a generic cola sweetness, slight roasted malt to give it a hint of coffee-like presence to it - that's about it.

Taste: I forgot that this was a beer brewed with Brettanomyces until I took my first sip of the beer - the barnyard funkiness pops out here, while it doesn't at all in the aroma. It's got notes of leather, a hint of funkiness, dark fruit, tobacco, a mild sourness, caramel and a hint of roasted malt to give it a hint of coffee at the end.

Overall Thoughts: Not quite what I want in a Dark Saison but interesting nonetheless. It's got a mild sour/tartness to it, dark fruit, a dry profile on the palate, and a bit of a roasted malt profile at the end. One of the heavier beers I've reviewed in the past few months or so. 

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