Raspberry Barrel Aged Saison | Innis & Gunn

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3.66/5
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Raspberry Barrel Aged SaisonRaspberry Barrel Aged Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
innisandgunn.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Longitude Raspberry Barrel Aged Saison

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#30,799
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
21
pDev:
12.84%
 
 
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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by ThinkAgain:
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle-in-a-box from the LCBO; best before May 2018 and served slightly chilled. I can't find any information as to what type of barrel it was aged in, so I must assume it was just plain ol' oak.

Pours foggy golden-blonde; my usual dainty pouring method wasn't producing any head, so I just dumped it straight into the glass and wound up with more than an inch of bubbly, soapy white foam. It then fizzled off steadily over the next five-plus minutes, generating some scant lacing before being reduced to a thin collar and a sparse, patchy cap. Fruity red berries come through on the nose - I'm getting raspberry and cherry, along with restrained notes of oak wood, citrus oil, vanilla, butterscotch toffee and elderflower. Subtle spiciness, and somewhat yeasty.

A mildly interesting brew that doesn't stray too far outside the I&G comfort zone - grainy pale malts and light toffee sweetness get things started, while the raspberries are responsible for a continuous background note of tart berry juice which persists throughout the sip. Extremely low levels of lactic acidity help complement the raspberry - not enough to make this saison seem at all 'funky' or 'sour', but enough to nudge the profile in that general direction. Familiar flavours of oak wood and vanilla begin to creep up by mid-sip, lasting to the finish, which concludes with a flash of grassy hops and a weak, presumably yeast-derived spiciness akin to clove. The aftertaste is mild, with some lingering berry and malt sweetness that soon fades. Medium body, with low-ish carbonation levels that weakly agitate the palate, and a smooth, fairly soft texture that makes tossing back this a brew a relative ease.

Final Grade: 3.79, a B+. There are few beer styles I enjoy more than a quality, funky saison - and even though I am not big on fruit beer in general, raspberries will always be relevant to my interests. Still, I found I&G's Raspberry Barrel Aged Saison to be a little underwhelming. My main complaint is that the personality of the saison yeast is completely overshadowed by the oak barrel and raspberries - and the end result is something that only vaguely resembles a true farmhouse ale. I don't regret the purchase, because in the end it's still a decent little fruit beer with pleasant oak character - but the odds of me forking over another 8 bucks for more are not promising.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, which comes in a pleasant enough white cardboard box. A wild yeast Saison, with added raspberries, and no indication of the specific wood treatment on the label.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of cannonball splash aftermath lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of subtle musty raspberries, slightly sour and grainy pale malt, a bit of crackery wheatiness, ephemeral generic citrus rind, some white peppercorn and clove spiciness, and very, very tame earthy, weedy, and dead floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, gently sour raspberry puree, further muddled fruity citrus notes, a hint of free-range yeastiness, hard to pinpoint earthy spice, and some woody essences that feel more swish-like than that achieved by any sort of long term barrel contact.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-enveloping frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and genuinely smooth, with a nice inherent creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes on the sweet side, but moderated by the lingering acidic raspberry, yeast, and spice essences.

Overall - yeah, not getting much in the way of barrel character, but the raspberry and citrus quotient is indeed rather refreshing. Just enough base Saison shines through, rendering this a much more interesting tipple than is the norm for this brewing concern.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- This one pours a color that has faint pinkish tones underlying a clear light golden character....the head is white with a hint of pink as well, and retains well, but eventually settles into a thin patchy film over the liquid. The carbonation has a subtle appearance, and there are only but a few columns lumbering to the top of the beverage....lacing is modest, but there are a small number of foam patches clinging to the side of the glass. Overall a nice looking beer!

S- There is a number of aromas happening here.....the usual suspects are around.....funky yeast, biscuit, various spices such as black peppercorn, and clove, citrus rinds, sour raspberry flesh, Earthy grains and everything is bound by sweet malted barley grains. There is a rustic dryness about it on the finish as well.

T- The initial flavors are of tart....soon to become creamy sweet raspberry, smooth yeasty/doughy character, fresh white bread, a more subtle spice profile than the aromas let on, golden syrup malt sweetness (not too sweet but noticed), and a berry tartness that hits the back of the tongue right near the finish.....this tastes like summer! The barrel aging is unique, sweet, and balances the rest of the flavors superbly! Side note....as it gets more air, tree fruit starts to show itself, and a muted peach/apricot/pear character is noted.

M/O- Light to medium body, with modest to soft carbonation and a superbly high drinkability factor. I find the 6% alcohol to be well hidden and as it warms, the flavors actually sweeten up further and this becomes more fruity, with orchard fruits becoming apparent! I think this epitomizes what a summertime beer is! Full of flavor.....I&G has done it again!!!

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Photo of Rammed96
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of goodbeergoodfood
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden and cloudy with a moderate amount of champagne like carbonation, and a finger of white head.

Smells of stinky foot, sour vinegar notes, and very faint hints of raspberries and vanilla.

Slightly sweet with hints of fruit, not much tartness, and raspberries. A little like raspberry candies.

Medium to light body with lots of carbonation.

Got in Orillia, drinking in Muskoka, Feb 19th, 2019. Decent, but not overwhelmingly amazing. Not really getting much barrel on it.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle, good to May 2018. Came in a nice box.
Interesting Saison the raspberry is barely noticeable but still a drinkable beer.
I bought one to try all in all its ok but that is it.

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Photo of beaulabauve
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of raspberry, yeast, slight citrus hops, and a hint of bacterial funk. Fits the style of a Belgian Saison. Mouth feel is creamy smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of raspberry, pale malt, yeast, slight citrus hops, and a hint of bacterial funk. Overall, good appearance and feel, but only average aroma and body.

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Photo of Matuhg
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml box beer that comes in a box. Purchased for $7.95 CDN and served into a tulip.

Appearance - Pale golden color, with the slightest pinkish hue. Fairly clear, two fingers of short lived, fluffy white head. Not as hazy as expected and much paler as well, but still a good looking beer.

Smell - Lots of raspberries, plenty of sweetness, not much (if any) barrel. Some general yeastiness and vague grainy notes, but a thin (and viable) raspberry note sings true.

Taste - Some yeast, but rather sweet across the board. Plenty of raspberry, less saison than expected and thin feel to the flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium light bodied for a 6% ABV beer. Modest carbonation which makes it low for this style of beer and an inkling of dryness on the close.

Overall - An acceptable if unspectacular raspberry saison, that falls a little flat and isn't worth the heftier price tag. While not a bad beer, it's a little too sweet to consume much of it. A single bottle is the limit for me.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/16/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy raspberries, lemon, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, peppercorn, clove, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and biscuit dough; with light notes of banana, funk, vanilla, toasted oak, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy raspberries, lemon, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, peppercorn, clove, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and biscuit dough; with light notes of banana, funk, vanilla, toasted oak, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness, and light fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lightly tart raspberries, lemon, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, peppercorn, clove, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, vanilla, toasted oak, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/spiciness and fruit tartness balance, with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from yeast spiciness and fruit tang. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky/tangy, and lightly acidic balanced mouthful that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an excellent fruited saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the modestly spicy/drying finish. Great classic saison yeast complexity, with balanced raspberries and bready English malts. The barrel isn't really all that big, but definitely noticeable. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Now how about a british BA saison being recommended out of left field by my go-to beer store guy, whom I totally trust. Totally unnexpected.

A clear yellow orange brew with a finger of foamy white froth atop.

Notes of melon, raspberry, white grape and sugar to the nose.

More melon, melon rind, white grape and lingering rasberry on the tongue. Faint notes of wood are added for affect.

Medium, dry and immanently welcoming.

What the hell are these Brits trying to do? Make good beer or something?

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Glorithm
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shannonalce
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raspberry Barrel Aged Saison from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 21 ratings