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Classic Saison - Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Classic SaisonClassic Saison

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26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 102
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Blackberry Farm Brewery visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dbrauneis on 06-19-2013

This medium bodied Saison pours with a voluminous head and releases bright notes of lemon and a crisp spicy hop aroma. Finishes clean and dry.
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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy straw color w/ a huge white head with moderate retention.

Aroma is funky and earthy, spicy. Some juicy citrus.

Taste follows nose. Funky wet hay, dry, earthy, spicy.

Mouthfeel is balanced, nice semi-dry finish.

Overall a straightforward, well-made saison. Appropriate name.

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Photo of Tommo
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather sweet with a bigger body, very belgian and not really a saison in the american style at all. Overall a nice beer, just know it is rather belgian overall

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spot on saison. Classic in that its a good yeast, and that's the story, not much in complexity. Light spice, otherwise a mild sugar sweetness. Still carbonation. Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Lots of lace.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a lighter straw yellow, slightly hazy, two finger white head that is thick and fast to rise, slow to fall. Very effervescent beer, but not a gusher by any means. Smell is minerals, minimal funk, grainy sweetness, a little bit of spices, fairly clean. A bit of pepper. Flavour is quite nice in the sense that there is a bit of earthy funk integrating with an grainy pale malt sweetness, with a very small bit of peppercorn and spices. It's fairly Du Pont like; it has that similar yeast character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the slightly creamy side, full of flavour and carbonation. Solid saison that follows in the steps of Du Pont.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a sparkly straw color with 3 fingers of meringue like pearl colored head. Nice lacing & above average head retention

S: Phenols, pears, white grapes skins, grassiness as well

T: Pear skins, white grapes, white pepper, nice phenolic notes up front. White pepper as this warms, more pear & melon , some honey-crisp apple as well. Finishes fruity, a little musty, with some peppery hop presence, plus dryness

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation & a little warming at the end

Easy drinking for the style, good offering. I would buy other beers from these guys based on this first one

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Photo of uvachief
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours a very light yellow with 3 full fingers of white fluffy head that took a while to dissolve. Really nice color. Almost like a citrus IPA. Smell is light hops and some tiny citrus maybe. Not farmhouse funky at all. Very clean and crisp on the pallet with a little funk on the finish. Very tasty. Nice sweet flavor as well. No real citrus comes to mind but something subtle is there. Not hoppy or bitter. Just a really good classic saison.

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Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw colored yellow with a big frothy white head that leaves gobs of lace. Cork popped by itself when I removed the cage so be careful.

Aroma is light biscuit malts, hay, light apricot notes, peppery spice mingled with earthy yeast. Some light tart notes almost like was aged in white wine barrel, but not much funk.

Taste is like the nose nice light malty, good fruity notes move to hay and funk that wasn't in the nose.Finish is lingering barnyard fun lots of spicy yeast notes. A descent amount of hop kick more so then most saisons.

Mouthfeel is nice light medium carbonation is really peppy and gives the finish some punch.

Overall an enjoyable saison, Americans are doing justice to this style nice to see one from my home state kicking some ass.

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Photo of Zach136
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy white straw body, big pillowy white head.

Aroma/Flavor: Earthy dank hops bordering on a skunky aroma. Peppery-fruity yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, refreshing.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 25 oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

Massive soapy head, leaving tons of lacing. Straw gold color.

Faint citrus nose, some malt, some funk.

Taste grassy, light citrus, some bitterness.

Unbalanced as bitterness overwhelms finish, light yet not terribly refreshing, lightly carbonated.

It's not great at $19 a bottle.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent well crafted saison. Hard to believe this did not arrive from France/Belgium. Remarkably well balanced and drinkable. Best saison I've had in years.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale-to-whitish yellow. The pour does bring billowing clouds of white fluff. The head degrades to a fluffy to foamy white topping for the beer.

The nose is pretty much on for the style as well. It has a little farmhouse hay, without any type of funk. There are some fruit notes, I got peach and a light amount of lemon, and maybe some white wine notes as well. A little later there's a lightest hint of honey sweetness to combine with the other notes.

The taste ends up a bit more earthy and maybe a bit more floral/herbal than fruity, which is a mild surprise given the nose indicated it might be a bit sweeter/fruitier. That is not a bad thing, just unexpected. Some dry wine characteristics are noted, but the carbonation is pretty strong and seem to counter that nuance. A little warmth does bring out some light notes of stone fruit, but nothing distinct.

To me, a very well constructed Saison. I am enjoying the style more this summer, and this is both dry and refreshing. There is perhaps a little too much carbonation, but overall a very enjoyable beer that I am glad I picked up.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml cork and wire bottle.
Fruity and sweet aroma.
The flavor is also fruity but has a good level of tartness to counter the sweetness.
Very large and durable head.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy golden amber with a massive white head with good retention and thick, pillowy lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, light biscuit, apricot and pear juice; spicy and mildly earthy, inviting. Flavor follows with light biscuit, pear and light stone fruit, saison yeast, hints of banana and summer herbs. Finish is semi-dry and crisp with lots of faint fruit, grain and spice flavors lingering. Medium bodied with active carbonation, peppery. Delivers what it advertises on the label, a classic saison. I very nice balance of light sweetness and dryness throughout the taste; overall dry, but with little bursts of lightly sweet fruit flavors. Also just a hint of tartness. Light, but with lots going on. This is what I hope for in a new saison. Nicely made and a pleasure to drink. This traveled a long way to the West Coast and I hope to see more from this brewery; my first Tennessee brew, and liking it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml corked and caged bottle. No dating that I could find on the bottle, but it just came to my area a week or 2 ago so I assume it's somewhat fresh. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch and a half frothy white head that stuck around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like citrus (lemon) peel, apricot, green grapes, wheat/grainy malt, and some earthiness. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some banana, clove, and peppery spice noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and easy enough to drink. It also has a high amount of carbonation, but the soft carbonation works well for this beer. I was impressed with this brew, it's one of the better saisons I've tried recently and it's a really fine one overall. I'd buy this one again for sure! $14.99 a bottle.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy light yellow from the bottle. The substantial carbonation provides a huge white head. Smells of lemon, coriander, Belgian esters and barnyard funk. The taste is spot on same as the nose. Very flavorful. Light mouth with loads of crispness. It reminds me a lot of Tank 7, which is a high compliment in my book.

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Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A voluminous cumulus cloud of froth floats slowly above this pale yellow-orange brew.

Smells of lemon, grain and distant coriander.

Plenty of malt and pepper up front with a light fruity middle, an inkling of funk, a little cracker and then fruit peel in the aftertaste.

Dry for the most part and lies on the light side of medium which makes for super-easy drinking.

A quite fitting and palatable beverage for this hundred degree day.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was recently released locally. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, white grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, white grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple apricot, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and very classic tasting saison as the name implies. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly cloudy light yellow-orange with nice white head that fades a bit quickly but nice looking while it's there. Nice nose of malt, white bread yeast, and spice aromas with a hint of fruit tones. Taste is much the same with a yeasty light roasted grain with a floral and fruity undertone in the mouth and in the finish. Very easy to drink and really inviting.

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Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dirty yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, creamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A very good aroma of citrus, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian-style yeast, light malt notes, citrus (lemon), and a bit of the saison barnyard funk. A vibrant, focused, complex flavor.

F: A lot of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the better American examples of a saison. Well made and very enjoyable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, spice, yeast, and tea flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into tulip glass

A: hazy golden straw nice thick head

S: pilsneresk in nose with some very earthy herbal smell

T: very soft on the palate with almost a hefewezein quality of light bananna but with the some layered malts that keep it from being too sweet

M: softer with a touch of bubbly

O: very well done saison clean flavors nice funkiness with very smooth layered malt and soft bannana flavors

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Photo of ragwing82
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in a boutique store in coastal Alabama. Very nice version of the style. Poured beautifully. Favors were classic saison, as per the name, although a bit muted. Enjoyable find.

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3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light honey color body. Lots of off white bubbles stack to achieve a 3 inch head with little effort. Nose is a nice mix of pear, zesty spice and citrus rind. Taste is just perfect for the style. Thyme and slightly un-ripe pear get together well on the flavor profile. Crisp and well carried is the style here. This is a very good saison, the label doesn't lie when it says classic.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quietly nestled inside the recesses of the Smoky Mountains, the Blackberry Farm has carved out not only a fully functioning farm but also a brewery to highlight the sophistication of Belgian beer. Their Classic Saison is just that- classy!

As the ale pours with a creamy golden honey austere, a creamy and dense blanket of foam billows above; each of those bubble popping to reveal a plethora of fruit and spice. Apricot, peach, apple, banana and pear all meet white pepper, clove and perfumy coriander for an aromatic medley that's simply mouth-watering.

Medium sweetness is both biscuity and honey-like with supporting bread crust, caramel and graham cracker. But the sweeter, Belgian pale attributes soon give way in favor for a drier and spicier middle palate. Herbal, hoppy and minty; the fruit flavors seem to remain intact but a bitterness assumes the taste of pepper, fresh-cut grass and faint straw.

With its creamy substrate firmly in place, the taste remains malty but also trends dry. The starchy malts retain the fruit flavor with ease even as the spicy yeast character and hops continue to develop bolder and bolder. A vinous white-wine twang accompanies the evaporative cooling of alcohol for a truly refreshing and complex taste. Fruit and spice dance right along in aftertaste much like the reverence of Fred and Ginger.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface (this isn't surprising given that the cork exploded out of the bottle and it started foaming).
S: Moderate to strong aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with hints of lemons, the latter of which become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell, having lots of flavors of Belgian yeast along with notes of lemons and peppery spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison is packed with flavors of Belgian yeast and has a nice dry mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

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Classic Saison from Blackberry Farm Brewery
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