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Vancouver Island Black Betty Blackberry Belgian Saison

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


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Has a ruby hue and features freshly picked Vancouver Island Blackberries. Combined with soft wheat malt and a unique Belgian Saison yeast.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hungover (45) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2016
Not entirely what the point of this beer is. Plain. Hardly a saison. Extremely subtle blackberry at the finish. Tastes almost flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (10879) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Sample during the 10th Annual Day Before Labor Day Party on 09/06/2015. Clear copper color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of fruit, yeast and malt. Medium body with flavors of berries, earthy yeast and malt. The finish is fruity with a mild blackberry aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ljthiessen (1034) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
Can. Clear golden pour with a quickly dissipating head. Some sweet blackberry, a hint of wheat malt, but mostly just tastes like a generic pale ale - really not sure they can call this a saison. Blackberry note is decent, but that's the only positive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
northropfrye (3101) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
Light yellow body not much head or lacing. A touch of reddish colour. Sweet berry aroma. Taste is lager malt type with a touch of black berry. Watery. Way too subtle to be interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (2576) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 18, 2015
Pours a hazy sunny yellow. Nice bright BlackBerry aromas come out. Especially once it sits a bit. You get those Belgian farm house flavours along with a refreshing berry finish. Thin and a bit watery though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pumpkin87 (204) - - MAY 10, 2015
Pours effervescent coppery gold with thin white head that dissipates quickly to resemble a light rosé. Nose is blackberries with minor funkiness. There are more berries and less funk on the palate, some yeast with just a touch of coriander. The saison notes are minor, making this almost a lager, but there’s just enough to restrain the sweet malts. A bit of creaminess augments what otherwise is a thin body, resulting in a refreshing summery beer. This is a fruit beer for people who like fruit beer, but it’s not so sweet that it would put off lager drinkers. Not complex, but one could easily toos back a couple on a hot day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (10767) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
Draft - Estery fruit and some Blackberry. Clear gold with a small white head. Blueberry and estery Belgian notes. Why would someone want this?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nealblind (1602) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Clear gold pour. Aroma strong blackberries, seeds. Tastes perfume blackberries. Too cloying sweet. slight zesty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (12416) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2014
330mL can, pours a clear copper with a large white head. Aroma brings out loads of blackberries, maybe a bit of Belgian yeast. Flavour brings out a mix of moderate blackberries and Belgian yeast. Pleasant enough but rather bland. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - 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.

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