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Classic Saison | Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Blackberry Farm Brewery
Tennessee, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by dbrauneis on 06-19-2013

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 174
Photo of jmasher85
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed by all the hype around this beer, but still totally enjoyable. This tastes a bit like a Belgian blonde, with hints of banana, white peppercorn, bready yeasty funk, and a nicely balanced malt presence. Gives itself a bit too much head, and it doesn't rely blow me away, but there's nothing about it I don't like and it's a goodie for fans of the style.

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Photo of babaracas
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with billowing but fast-fading and fizzy white head with a few streaks of lace on the glass. Smell: floral, mildly peppery, a little lemon and honey, big doughy back. Taste: white grape, lemon peel, snappy grain, peppery, peach skin. Medium bodied, big aggressive carbonation, finishes fast and finishes very dry. The carbonation is excessive and rushes prematurely to the finish (which is dry, good), otherwise this is a pretty flavorful saison.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle served at around 50 degrees into a goblet.

Blackberry Farms' Classic Saison is pale straw yellow with just a slight bit of haze. The head is thick and white but doesn't have very good retention. It settles quickly with no lacing.

Aroma is a heavenly blend of Belgian yeast, faint citrus, and floral notes.

Flavor is light on the malts and hops which allows the yeast to shine. Some funky farmhouse character, lemon, pepper, and grass all come through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. It's balanced, drinkable, and very enjoyable.

Overall one of the best American saisons out there. A little more expensive than my go to saison from Funkwerks but also on a higher level.

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Photo of Buck89
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy yellow straw color with a fluffy white head. Good retention. Nose with white bread, lemon, and black pepper. Complex taste full of sourdough bread, lemon pepper, coriander, and lime. Peppery and dry finish. Just awesome.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"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." -From the notes above. And that sums it up almost perfectly.
It' reminded me very much of a classic Belgian white ale.

I'd add is that there was a lot of sediment settling in the second glass poured from the bottle, so rolling the bottle between your palms on it's side before opening is probably a good idea.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale, seethru golden body with well carbonated two-finger head that died slow and left fluffy lace patches. Bits of barnyard funk pick up in the nose along with a hint sourness and touches of yeast, sweet malts and spices. A sweeter than usual saison as yeast gives off bubblegum-like sweetness and this allows the medium-bodied beer to smoothly pass; the sweetness seems to derive not only from yeast but also seems to come from possible candi sugar and/or caramel malts and these aspects drive other flavors into background. Possible tropical fruit like sweetness with a mild, bitter and crispy hop presence and minimal funk keep beer from being too sweet and beer finishes easy and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from cork and cage bottle into tulip glass. It opens like a champagne bottle, fairly exploding, and pours a hazy golden straw color with an enormous, foamy, snow-white head that looks like gelato, and extensive lacing. To pour a full glass, I had to pour it several times and wait for the head to dissipate. It smells of yeast, lemon peel, and spicy hops. The taste features lots of lemon, Belgian yeast, and really nice, balanced spices. It is tart, crisp, and finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness. This ale is fairly light in body, and really well-carbonated. With a moderate ABV of 6%, it is easy to drink. Overall, this is a well-crafted and delightful Saison, ideal for sipping outdoors a lovely Spring day.

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Photo of denver10
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a long lasting fizzy white head, thanks the continual bubbles/effervescence going on in the beer. Aroma is wonderfully yeasty, offering some clove, pepper, lemon, and a touch of gum, with some graininess from the malt, and some spicy noble hops. Flavor follows suit. A touch sweeter than I expected if I were to be super critical. A thinner, very active mouthfeel that finishes nice and desirably dry. Overall, fantastic stuff here. My intro to Blackberry Farm and it is a definite good one. A really good one. Everything I love about this style is here, looking forward to trying more from these guys.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden straw color with large, dense well sustained head. Not very aromatic but a definite citrus note. Very lively and effervescent. Notes of lemon and a well balanced sweetness/bitterness.

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Photo of Nanothaniel
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice golden color, awesome head, funky yeast discoloration from bottle conditioning, awesome!
Smell: Restrained funkiness, the perfect mix of approachable and confusing
Taste: Restrained funk, perfect introduction to craft beer in my opinion
Feel: Nicely effervescent with decent body. I hate giving flattering reviews but this beer really scored on all fronts.
Overall: This beer was complex but inviting, if I wanted to introduce someone into the world of craft beer who had previously only been exposed to adjunct lager this might be my first pick. This brew brings complex flavor that's still accessible to the novice drinker.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: Hazy golden with a frothy off-white head that lingered. Lots of billowy lacing.

S: Lemons, barnyard funk, honey, bready malts and pepper.

T: Follows nose with a Belgian yeast overtone. Spices and funk with a peppery finish. So damn drinkable. My wife kept asking for a refill, so it must be good.

M: Medium with creamy, frothy medium carbonation.

O: Truly a "classic" saison. Find it. Savor it. Winner!

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Photo of Budinetz
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft at the Frothy Monkey in Nashville.

Nice golden color with a plethora of white, pillowy foam that lingers for quite a while. Has some nice bready malts and a nice yeast characteristic. Smells a little funky but nothing like a Saison DuPont. Way more mild and more approachable for someone who has never had a true saison before. I would highly recommend this gateway beer!


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Photo of Todd
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Rustic, Spicy, Bready, Yeasty

Pours a hazed straw pale color with a massive, creamy head. Carbonation is over-the-top, but in a good way. Soft herbal aromatics with yeast and dough. Crisp, super creamy and lively on the palate. Herbal sweetness, smacks of lemon and honey suggestions with bready, spicy and peppery notes. Hint of banana skins with a bone-dry finish that lingers a bit, this beer is earthy, slightly tannic and full of yeast complexities that urge you to take another sip. Drinks rustic and authentic. I really dig this Classic Saison.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #109 (February 2016).

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spicy, malty, earthy, fizzy and really good. Big rocky white head, a little cloudy and smells.like honey and spice. Had it with pork chops and sautéd apples. It was pretty much perfect pairing.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -0.5%
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 +1.7%
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 +3.4%
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 -7.8%
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 +4.4%
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 -21.2%
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 +3.7%
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 +7.8%
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 -2.4%
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 -3.9%
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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Classic Saison from Blackberry Farm Brewery
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