Dog Ate My Homework - Brouwerij West
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4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500 ml bottle (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle at the local beer store, my first beer from Brouwerij West. My first encounter with this sort of beer, and I'm not entirely sure what to expect. Listed here as a fruit / vegetable beer.
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
A - Pours a giant four plus fingers of fluffy foamy pinkish-purple cotton candy looking head on top of a dark purple-ruby colored body. Lots of active carbonation. Excellent head retention & big fat sheets of lacing. Looks pretty delicious.
S - Not really getting much on the initial sniff, but musty carbonation, and lemon / lime citrus qualities are what jump out at me. A sour / funky yeast presence is also noticeable, but it is otherwise pretty tame.
T - Oh yes, authentic tart blackberry juice puree is all there on the first sip. Generic berry jam. Slight vinous / grapey wine character. Dry bready / earthy yeast presence. Alcohol content is masked nicely. A simple yet intriguing and tasty beverage.
M - Feel is crisp and clean. Excellent drinkability for a 7.00% abv beer. Medium bodied with high brisk carbonation.
Overall, I thought it was a delicious introduction to this brewery for me. Probably my first ale brewed with blackberries also, and I have to say that they come through nicely. Not sure why this doesn't have higher ratings than it does, but I would surely have it again, and it scratches that mild everyday sour itch nicely.
Brouwerij West Dog Ate My Homework ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 01:12:48 | More by mfnmbvp
4.23/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Straight pour from a 500ml/16.9oz pry-off bottle to a teku; no bottling date that I can see, but this all comes from a relatively recent batch, it seems, that made its way to Florida so all things considered, it ain’t that old.
Appearance (3.75): This pours with a beauuutiful 3-4 finger, light reddish-pink head of foam that crackles away audibly above a deep, deep burgundy-colored body that glows when held to the light but also betrays a substantial haziness. The head dies down relatively slowly, leaving an uneven, cratery surface and a thick, wide collar all the way around the glass. Personally, I think it looks great, if a bit murky—and without much lacing.
Smell (4.0): Maybe not surprisingly, the nose simultaneously very saison-like and sharply blackberry. Earthy hay, fresh-turned soil, and a rich spiciness that’s lightly peppery and somewhat herbal (think coriander and white pepper) mix with sweet, tart jam, tannic fruit skins, and, surprise surprise, blackberry wine. This is delightful, even if it deviates from the classic style guidelines.
Taste (4.25): Aaaand as per the nose, the flavor is part saison / part blackberry jam, but skewing more toward blackberry wine than in the nose. Quite tart and tannic with the feel of acidic berry juice and muddled grape skins, but offset by peppery spice and earthy, dry straw, and some pale, biscuity, rustic-bready malt underneath. But this is really dominated by tart, rich berry flavor, with vinous, tannic undertones and just a fat, rich, juicy feel. And yet, somehow, it all remains very dry. I really dig this beer. It finishes astonishingly dry, fueled by fruity tannins and tart berry juice. Very little booze detected.
Mouthfeel (4.75): Exceedingly dry and effervescent, with a medium-weight feel, velvety carbonation that foams up eagerly and fills all spaces, viscous body, and very, very dry (but not parching) finish. The ONLY bone I could pick is that it foams out a little too eagerly. But barely so.
Overall (4.25): I’ve enjoyed everything about this beer. The appearance isn’t outstanding (though still quite pretty) and elements of the smell and flavor could be a bit more balanced and richer, but overall there’s a lot of very, very nice things going on in this beer that not only coexist (a heavily fruited saison?) but actually manage to harmonize (a heavily fruited saison!). Brouwerij West pulled off something very, very intriguing here, and I’m excited to try some more of their products.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 04:25:51 | More by fmccormi
3.76/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
i don't really get all the negative feedback about this beer. yeah its a bit expensive, and yeah the blackberry is pretty muted for how deep dark purple this beer is, but i think its tasty and well made and serves a purpose. love the color on it, the head is stained pink a bit, but the beer itself is really dark red purple, the head is rich, and while it doesn't last real long, it does come back easily with a twirl of the glass. smells a bit muted for the color, i expected huge blackberry notes and its just not there, but its also not real sweet, which i appreciate, and the yeast is cool, drying and clean, which works in a fruit beer. the flavor is also a bit bland, but the finish is great. there is some earthy grain under a jammy blackberry presence, but after the swallow the fruit comes on slow but continues to bloom into a really ripe berry pie taste. most of the flavor is unfortunately after the swallow, but its good. mellow beer, but i like it a lot. good carbonation and a rich creamy feel to it. low on flavor, but the berry isn't artificial in any way at all. my first beer from these guys is good not great, i will look forward to trying more now that they are in colorado.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 19:55:34 | More by StonedTrippin
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours with a nice pink-tinged head in the Bellegems flute. The color has some amber in it, but the purple-pink shades of the berry juice are about as intense as any I've seen in a beer. Fine-grained foam and a pleasant spritz on the tongue.
Just very slightly sweet with a tangy blackberry taste. Touch of raspberry and pear skins. The Saison base is thoroughly pleasant, and the yeasty, bitterish flavor is what returns for the aftertaste after the fruit has faded.
I see not everybody like this, but I think it's better than a lot of actual Belgian versions of fruit brews. It's more tangy than sweet, and the fruit flavor is excellent. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2013 05:07:12 | More by mactrail
2.8/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Time and time again, I choose this brewery for their cool bottling/artwork, however I am always let down by the actual beer itself.
This is a sour fruity brew. Although I'm not big on fruit beer this one isn't too overwhelming.
Ruby/dark maroon in color. Nice dark white/grey head.
Overall, this tastes like spiked fruit juice with sparkling water. Perfect for a girl who isn't ready for a thick IPA.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2013 05:22:35 | More by BeerlyLegal
3.94/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City, where it was labeled as a "blackberry saison". Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.
Appearance - Pours a dark strawberry red color with more magenta shadows and some bright bing cherry highlights where the light gets through. Of course, there aren't many highlights because of the dense one-finger head that is mostly bubbles so small that it looks like pink meringue on the top of the body. Retention is quite good, and leaves sparse but noticeable lacing.
Smell - Tart fruit aromas, with notes of blackberry, raspberry, generic fruit preserves and even some almost lemon juice like citrusy note. I also get hints of cranberry. The fruit aspects really overpower most anything else that comes to the party. Luckily, those fruits are very enticing and hint at a nice autumn/winter fruit beer.
Taste - Like the smell, the fruit is dominant, but at least now there is a noticeably tart dryness that lends some complexity and balance to the otherwise fruity beer. Blackberry and raspberry with notes of black and red currant. There is sweetness here, but the significant acidity cuts through to make this a very tasty beer. Reminds me somewhat of a sparkling wine made from a lighter grape like pinot noir or grenache.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish with well-hidden ABV.
Overall, this is a pretty tasty little fruit beer. I don't really get much of the "farmhouse" aspect, but that's likely because the blackberry really makes itself the dominant player in this beer. Luckily, blackberry is a great fruit because it lends a lot of character without overpowering sweetness like you might expect from strawberries, cherries, and even peaches or apricots. I'll definitely have to make a point to try more stuff from Brouwerij West.
Serving type: on-tap
11-28-2013 17:40:53 | More by LambicPentameter
Dog Ate My Homework from Brouwerij West
83 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.