mpersinger (349) - , California, USA - OCT 18, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Anticipated this bottle from high-brow market so shared with kmweaver...yet another disappointment. The art on the label is great (silly, right) ,but I more thought this had promise since I’d noted a saison yeast quality alongside well-defined fruit flavor in a draft pour sample months earlier. This was not the case in the bottle. Blackberry aroma presents well in color and aroma, but is more like cooked pancake syrup in flavor and mouthfeel. Yeast character lost in this one. More of a murky fruit beer.
Guerde (1177) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Rust color pour with a medium beige head with pink tinges that retains pretty well. Aroma right away holds a good dose of blackberry that alternates between real and artificial smelling. I think this may be due to the estery and slightly spicy saison yeast flashing in-between the solid blackberry aroma. It sometimes smells like a blackberry popsicle stick. Good amount of bubblegum here too, which makes this smell like grape Bubbalicious. There’s a good amount of must in here too. Not much else to describe beyond these few things. The flavor is really impressive, as it’s a full blast of fresh blackberry that leaves a nice crisp tartness towards the finish. Not much in the way of a saison character here, besides a slight breadiness on the finish, although I can’t complain, because that fresh blackberry is so prominent. Finish is indeed dry. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is fairly lively.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"Ddin’t get any saison in this save for a barely dry finish, but it was a decent if not impressive blackberry ale. Efervescent, slightly sweet and dry with just a hint of twang. Refreshing finish."
bob_w (327) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful light purple color. Some gentle fruit aroma. Fairly dry, not very sweet, thankfully. A tart fruit quality. Finishes clean and dry, without any cloying character. Fairly light body, effervescent, refreshing.
jgb9348 (4808) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark ruby and violet coloured body with a rich, four centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of blackberries, icing sugar, raspberries, figs, yeast and a lot of alcohol noticeable, along with bitterness. Medium-bodied; Assertive malt flavours up front with a lot of fruit noticeable as well, from strawberries to blueberries and definitely both - blackberries and raspberries. Aftertaste shows a good balance with much more of a european and fruity kick than a malty presence. Overall, an interesting beer with a ton of flavour and a full-finished sweet beer with a lot of nuances from other styles. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 25-April-2014 for US$8,00 sampled at home in Washington on 04-August-2014.
MacBoost (1351) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle via trade. Pours a very murky deep red with a large light pink head. Aromas of Belgian yeast esters, some fruit. Taste is dry and lightly sour. High carbonation. Flavors of raspberry jam, white pepper, some clove. They claim this is a saison with a fruit addition, and that is exactly what it tastes like. Not a fruit beer at all in my opinion. Finishes pretty dry but with a hint of subtle raspberry jam. Nice,probably the best fruit beer I’ve ever had, and I hate fruit beers.
jkwood04 (4117) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle in a tulip. Pours deep purple with a pinkish/purplish head. Aroma of blackberries, some dryness, hints of tartness, and light malts. The flavor isn’t very balanced and the berries don’t mesh well with the beer. Average texture. Could be better - like Almanac’s blackberry beer.
vtafro (3692) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ruby pour with white head. Blackberry and tart fruit aromas. Flavor is a big disappointment from aroma, no real funk or tartness.
DocLock (8000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours turbid medium violet colored with pink head. Nice fresh-picked raspberry nose. The flavor s somewhat tart, with a great raspberry flavor and a fruity, earthy finish. This one reminds me a lot of Sly Fox black raspberry ale.
Strykzone (5038) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at esbls. Reddish and haxy with an off white head. This is fruoty and a little funky. Berries. Malts and yeast. Pretty good and fun.
BVery (6826) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pinkish reddish pour with a monster head. Quite dry. Blackberry and tart dry plum. Okay for me.