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Convergence - Backlash Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Backlash Beer Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mduncan on 10-14-2011)
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4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this beer from notes, had over the summer. Smell rich, yeasty, with a bit of citrus mingled in. Appearance cloudy dark gold. Taste the yeast comes through here again and adds a nice mouthfeel as well. Nice depth next sip reveals a little of the citrus that appeared on the nose as well as what would be called earthiness if i was reviewing a wine, but essentially a really nice malty quality punctuated at the end with a nice spiciness from the use of the rye. Overall a really well done beer and one I'm looking forward to trying again as i write this review.

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I have to admit I bought this just for the bottle. Nice gray wax dipped bomber with a black label and a set of brass knuckles on it. It looks mean so it must be good!

A: A hazy golden pour. Frothy white head. Good lacing, retention is decent as well.

S: Quite fruity. Pears at first. Fairly sweet. Lots of spice. No funkiness or barnyard smells (thank you Backlash).

T: More pears. Some grass perhaps? Spiciness is abound but not overpowering. Peppery for sure. Tastes like rye? Interesting, never had rye in a saison before. Almost no bitterness but the spice does provide a kick. Alcohol well hidden. No real indication as to the typical belgian yeast with the normal banana and cloves. Very different saison.

M: Pretty smooth mostly but the spice and rye provides a nice tingle. Perhaps a tiny bit of dryness in the aftertaste.

O: Very unique. If you like rye and you like saisons you will probably like this. Definitely not your typical saison, clearly not a "classic style" belgian that's for sure. I gave it extra points here because I really liked the originality. Most saisons tend to taste very similar (and almost boring, quite frankly).

Photo of feylure
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight is Convergence by Backlash. Bottled Sept 2011, Batch 1.

Appearance is a lovely light gold with little head. It's also quite transparent at the first pour, but cloudy toward the third pour. Carbonation is well done.

Smell is sweet, fruity and spicy.

Taste is spicy and sweet, but not overwhelming in the way that some Belgium styled beers are. It's not mild, but a nice medium; sweet at first, then leads to a nice spice and fruit flavor in the middle and ends with such. It's a completely full bodied beer, no dryness whatsoever.

This beer is great. It doesn't have an overbearing spice taste which makes it almost like a nectar. It's easy to drink, and easy to share.

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4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz silver wax-dipped bottle served in a snifter.
bottled 11/2011 / batch 2

pours a brilliantly clear burnished gold tone while yielding a finger and a half of sudsy white head. middling retention and lacing. pretty beer, despite the average head.

nose is good. fairly fragrant, offering several distinct fruit elements (citrus, apple, maybe a little grape), some spice, and yeast.

flavor follows the aroma fairly closely. citric with apple and pear - more pear than i picked up in the nose - yeast and a touch of candi sugar. sweet but nowhere near cloying. spices are evident (particularly pepper), but also not overdone. medium bodied mouthfeel with some zesty carbonation.

overall, a very nicely done saison: tasty, interesting, and very drinkable. i wouldn't put it up there with the upper echelon of the style, but still one i will gladly revisit. recommended.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at kinsale in Boston.

Nice creamy head fades semi slowly with thick lacing, hazy golden color.

Nose saison, farmhouse, light yeast, light spices, rustic earthy malts, light citrus and fruit like apple and pear, light grainy malt.

Taste similar, juicy fruits, apple, pear, touch of citrus, light esters, dry farmhouse, a weird wheat like creamed wheat flavor, maybe oats? Light spices, bitterness, touch floral and lemony hops. Dry bitter finish with light spices.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, decent for typical saison, nothign really wrong, except a weird oat or cream of wheat flavor in the middle. Otherwise tasty.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Giant, rocky, white head. Brilliant gold color with loads of visible carbonation.

S - Peach and apricot fruitiness, coriander, tart cider and a fresh yeast character, much like the taste of a fresh yeast starter. Awesome combo of aromas!

T - A cider-like flavor stands out, along with malted wheat, bark, slight cinnamon and overall spiciness. Green apple flavor, too.

M - The mouthfeel really makes the beer amazingly drinkable. Light to medium body, fairly dry with creamy carbonation.

O - The flavor is just slightly 'green,' but otherwise a great beer. Dry, yet creamy; a great spicy, cider-like character, which still retains malt flavor. Another great addition to Boston's new local brews!

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22oz silver wax-dipped bottle served in a snifter.

translucent burnished gold pour yields a 2" frothy white head; average retention and lacing. decent nose good offers a fruity/yeasty presence out of the gate along with some spice and candi sugar.

flavor follows the aroma fairly closely. citric with apple and pear a bit of spice and a touch of candi sugar. it is on the sweet side but not overdone. medium bodied mouthfeel with some zesty carbonation.

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Convergence from Backlash Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.