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Convergence - Backlash Beer Company

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very good

79 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mduncan on 10-14-2011)
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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

THECPJ, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

PatGreer, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of jlordi12
3/5  rDev -21.9%

jlordi12, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of yossarian14
3/5  rDev -21.9%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of bluerabbit
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

bluerabbit, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of snowmaggedon
4/5  rDev +4.2%

snowmaggedon, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice murky yellow/orange with a big white fluffy head and gobs of lace. Nice retention too. I've had saisons clear up to a skim on me -- not this one. Pretty beer.

Yeast and some white pepper and coriander in the nose. No surprises, no sharp edges.

Nice combo of flavors. Raw grain, some lemon, husk bitterness, pepper, coriander, leading to long bitterness. The best way I can describe the flavor is that it is big on potential-- then relaxes. An odd wave here. Bitter and dry toward the end. Very good, but not great - if comparing to many others presenting this style.

Mouthfeel is medium body with nice tingly carbonation.

It is a dry saison, and the lack of any fruit might be off-putting to some, but I like this. It also lacks a bit of muscular bite, but still quite good. I'd have this again.

OtherShoe2, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

PEIhop, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with a couple fingers of white head. Intensely citrusy with lots of lemon peel and orange aromas. Nice and yeasty with a bit of bread and cracker malt. A mild spiciness and a hint of melon. The flavor is slightly sweet, and has a more pronounced spiciness, particularly coriander. The lemon character is pronounced and there is a touch of white pepper. Good bread malt base and plenty of yeast.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Peller80
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Peller80, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ms11781, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

overall, a very nicely done saison: tasty, interesting - bit of a different spin on the style - and enjoyable. doesn't move the eath but i'd welcome another glass.

BostonHops, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of DBosco
4/5  rDev +4.2%

DBosco, May 22, 2012
Photo of SirSketch
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

SirSketch, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of mbs11
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

mbs11, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of jongullotti
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jongullotti, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of brureview
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flatbread Company, Somerville MA. The beer has a very pleasant tan color with a small head. The mouthfeel is very crisp, with slight carbonation.

The highlight of this beer is the very prominent apple finish which is enhanced with a cheese- based food such as pizza.

I would like to taste more fruits and yeast overtones this Saison. This is a good beer and offering it in the winter on tap is a plus.

brureview, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Pdrufo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pdrufo, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of RedHunter
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

RedHunter, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of timbre
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

timbre, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of crusian
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Bottle from awesome girlfriend from a Boston bottle shop. Waxed bottle... and an awesome brass knuckles in the top on the cap of the wax. Never seen anything melted into the cap wax before. Nice!
Pours a light mustard color with a 2 inch head and some decent lacing.
Nose is a lot of lemon grass with a little bit of farm yard in it... almost a bit of brett nose.
Taste... is actually quite boring. Almost everything drops out, the lemon, the funk, all muted, but still there. Everything is toned down. Really disappointed in this. After all the reviews I was excited to try this.
Mouthfeel is quite nice... very creamy finish, mouthfeel is one of the best I have had in a saison. medium body.

overall though. disappointed.

crusian, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a hazy orange/gold with some nice foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is fruity with some slight pear that is sweet in the aroma. There is a nice funk aroma that comes up as well with some slight bitterness holding the background.

The flavor of this beer has some nice grassy flavor that is ripe with some nice juicy flavor that comes out after touching with some skin flavor. The juicy flavor holds for a second and then lets some bitterness in and it takes control. There is almost a hop blitz but there is a nice yeasty flavor that is a slight Belgian flavor that I was looking for. Then bitter hit at the end. Nice.

The feel of this beer is big but only for the complex flavors. There is some interesting fruit flavors that also carry some big bitterness that is there for a moment to take control but then slides right into the background. This beer is drinkable and has a great feel to it that is warming and somewhat spicy at times.

Duhast500, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of trisweb
5/5  rDev +30.2%

trisweb, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

perrymarcus, Nov 25, 2011
Convergence from Backlash Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.