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Vancouver Island Black Betty Blackberry Belgian Saison

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Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Saison
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Has a ruby hue and features freshly picked Vancouver Island Blackberries. Combined with soft wheat malt and a unique Belgian Saison yeast.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (4784) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2014
The Great BrewDad Victoria Pub Crawl 2014 - Super fruit flavor added to a light Saison. Nice Belgian yeast and finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Hazy golden color. Mild aroma of berries, sweet, light puke. Just some light residual sweetness, with some malt flavor and light berry flavor; ordinary bitterness.
Anonymous. But not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2014
Gold, with a blackberry taste. Light pale malt character, with a touch of yeasty spiciness, and white pepper. Not bad.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sulawang (593) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
Visual: Pours golden with a slightly reddish hue, a nice sizable lasting head, some lacing, a decent layer of foamy retention, tight clusters of fast activity. Nose: Sour fruity blackberries/fieldberries with minor sour acidic funk (lvl-5)-pungency Attack: sharp crisp, cream-fizzy Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) wheat malts, lager sweetness, minor blackberry Finish: coriander dry, yeasty, CO2 bloatedness, fruity metallic thin-bodied half-rough finish. Summary: Not bad; it doesn’t scream saison nor blackberry, just somewhere in the middle. It lacks carry, body, and the finish ain’t so smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1172) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bomber. Clear amber orange, vanishing foamy off-white head. Berry fruity aroma, hints of spice and yeast. Tart berry fruity taste all but overwhelms the faint spicy Saison yeast and mild malt. Well carbonated, lighter bodied, low hopped. A nicer fruit beer. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (429) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
Poured from 650mL bottle. Clear golden yellow with a subtle pinkish hue, white soapy head. Fairly active bottle. Blackberry and wheat aroma. Same to taste. Blackberry really comes through. Quite a light body though with very little finish. Not a saison, more of a fruit beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LarryBeast (487) - - OCT 6, 2013
650ml bottle. Tawny amber with thin beige head. Blackberry/wheat aroma, light spice notes. Taste is sweet/tart blackberry. Dry, smooth and balanced. Minimally saison-esque, but has enough complexity and nuance to make it worthwhile. A decent fruit beer like this is a rare treat.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4860) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Tap, brewery. Pours a clear dark gold with a small wispy white head that faded to a thin film. The nose is super fruity with tons of berries, maybe a touch of malt makes it past. The flavor is berry overload, no Saison in here at all by my tastes. The berry is clean and natural tasting though. Absolutely no trace of any influence in the flavor from the yeast. Slightly sticky and clingy with fizzy carbonation. Nice lingering fruitiness. OK fruit beer, but a pretty terrible Saison.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (734) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
Fruity, slightly sour, tart berry. Mild spice undertones. Not too bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1246) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2013
Sampled at the GCBF 2013. Pale, big head. Nose of blackberry, apricot. Flavour is demisec, blackberry. Medium carbonation. Good fruit saison!


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