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Classic Saison - Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Classic SaisonClassic Saison

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 128
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Blackberry Farm Brewery
Tennessee, United States | website

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 ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $16. Went out on a limb and bought this and while it is a good saison it is certainly not better than a bottle of Dupont. Hazy yellow, huge, massive head, tons of lace. Aroma seems pretty spot on for the style, bit of lemon, some spice. Flavor is a mildly spicy yeast, some citrus, earthy and mineral-esque. Overall this is solid but I'm just not going to spend this kind of money on a saison twice.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle; big pop as the cork comes out of the bottle neck. Great looking beer; yellow body massive white head that has great retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Smells like a tart "american" saison with mineral heavy well water. Some nice hay notes plus fruity / estery / peppery yeast profile. Taste is similar to the nose with banana, light clove, and bubblegum presence to the flavor. This saison also comes across earthy and not tart. It boarders on being an American example of a saison and a rustic Belgian saison; its almost a hybrid. Very enjoyable saison and my first beer from blackberry farms!

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Photo of Krisp09
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: 3 finger lacy pillowy white head, bright yellow hazy color. Aroma: Belgian funk with some lemon notes. Taste: lemon, coriander, herbal, grass. Feel: crisp, slightly tart. Overall: simple, balanced, delicious saison

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A brilliant white, three inch, marshmallow meringue occupies the B-United teku glass for the entire experience. Tiny, explosive and random carbonation swarms within a hazy golden amber (SRM 5-6) beer. Thick patches of dense, foamy lace cling to the glass.

Strong aromas of lemongrass and pepper give way to coriander, while horse blanket provides a background canvas. Warmth brings out apricots.

Mild grain and straw flavors augment coriander. Graham crackers and light sweetness balance bitterness and earthy pepper.

This Saison has a light body and only a hint of alcohol. The texture is slick and silky, with less carbonation than anticipated. There is a faint astringency.

This is a refreshing, earthy treat. It is perfect for a cool, sunny autumn day. A cheese plate with asiago would perfectly accentuate the experience.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light hay and straw notes with light cereal notes is quite delicate and refreshing. Taste is also a mix between some straw and hay notes with some cereal notes with light peppery notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed with good balance and delicate flavours.

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Photo of beergoot
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale, straw colored body; thick, foamy, billowy white head. Citrus and spice aroma; grassy; soft, pungent funk; yeasty. Mild fruit-like flavor quality; white flour bread; bitter. Delicate and dry, light body; crisp.

Hey, the description captures most of this. A fine, mild yet satisfying Belgian styled farm ale that's very approachable.

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Photo of Twal
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a little dark for a "Classic Saison"
Not really picking up any hop aroma,slight earthy,mustiness ,cork like
The 1st thing that jumped out at me was some horse blanket,smoke,earthiness.I think there was some french Muenster in it...

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Photo of Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is a fantastic example of Saison. Belgian yeast in the nose with hints of bright pepper and then some lemony citrus as well. Flavor follows that with a great hint of grain from I assume a Pilsner malt. Medium mouthfeel with a great amount of carbonation. Super dry in the finish.

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Photo of hman43
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours pale straw with a large, white head. The color is very clear. The head leaves plenty of lacing as it retreats.

Smell: It has aromas of fruit that highlights lemons, spices, and a slight hint of clove. It has a high spice aroma with flavors or citrus and lemons.

Taste: The spices are slightly clove like with a dose of floral hops.

Feel: It has a light moderate body with a dry finish. It has a high amount of carbonation.

Overall: A beer with high fruit and spice flavors with some hops noticeable with high carbonation and a dry finish.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -3.2%
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 -8.4%
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 +0.5%
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 +2.7%
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 +2.9%
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 +8.6%
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 +3.9%
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 -9.6%
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 +2.9%
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 +6.4%
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 -5.7%
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 +3.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +3.2%
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 +2.7%
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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Classic Saison from Blackberry Farm Brewery
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