I'm planning to do a post like this for each recipe, assuming nothing goes terribly wrong with one. I don't have the most advanced palate yet, but I'm only 22. I only started drinking craft beer a year and a half ago, and even then it was mostly "I like that style" rather than doing a tasting analysis of it. As with the blog in general, I intend for this to be an outlet for me to document my brews and develop my skills as a brewer and taster. I hope you'll follow me on this journey.
Appearance: Very dark. Hints of deep brown around the edges. Thin head forms around the edge, but goes away immediately. Very small hiss when opened. I didn't take notes past the brew day, so I can't be positive that I primed it. It is fairly carbonated, however.
Smell: Malty with a hint of roast and caramel. Hops take a back note and are pretty much unnoticeable.
Taste: Exactly what I was going for with my original recipe. Citrus up front. A little bit of malt and caramel in the middle and a little bit of roast in the back. The roast is really subtle, I guess the Carafa mostly added a lot more color than it did flavor. Can't really taste any figs (which were a afterthought anyways). Next time maybe I'll add more (and not blend them, that was a mess, there's fig chunks in the bottle of the glass). Or just leave them out entirely.
Mouthfeel: The light carbonation works its way to the back of my tongue. A little bit of sweetness remains, but it's very easy to drink. Not cloyingly sweet or over-dry. Just right.
Overall + Thoughts: Probably one of my favorite personal homebrews. I hit what I was expecting pretty well, since it's just a recipe I already liked with some Carafa thrown in. It could stand to be a little more carbonated, however. I really love this yeast (WLP566 Saison II). It has great fruit notes, with just a hint of pepper. Boulevard's Tank 7 (And Saison-Brett) is one of my favorite beers, and this yeast delivers that character. Maybe I'll grab a bottle of Tank 7 and compare sometime.
Next time I try to brew a dark saison I'm going to add something with more punch, a roasted or chocolate malt.