Blackberry JuJu
Bullfrog Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
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3.56 | pDev: 16.57%
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering at the source. The brew appears pink in color but quite hazed. A white film holds across the top with decent retention. As the cap fades, it produces stringy lace patterns on the glass.

The aroma is mildly fruity with a hint of grainy backing caught between wheat and cereal sweetness. It is otherwise very mited in the aromatics but nothing emitting from the glass seems off. Quite pleasant just a bit lacking.

The flavor had a mild suggestion of fruity sweetness overtop a cereal grain base. Flavors reminescent of wheat with little to no yeast or spice impact.

This is a fairly simple and straight forward fruit beer. It has subtle nuance of fruit and is light, clean and easy drinking. A modest amount of carbonation effortlessly moves the beer across the palate and makes for a refreshing offering.

May 31, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

For a while, it seemed like traditional wheat beers were the dominant force to utilize fruit, but lately more and more brewers are incorporating fruit in saison, and typically with success. I find saisons much more drinkable than your typical wheat beer, so for me this is a good thing.

Served in a tulip glass, a cloudy orange-amber with a small cap of white head; minimal retention and lacing. Pale malts and wet grass in the nose, somewhat muted blackberry essence. Typical saison profile in the taste: biscuity, yeasty, grassy and herbal, sweet maltiness, with the blackberry flavor taking a back seat, like you're getting the skin, seeds, and pulpy remains of a squeezing. Nice in that it's not overbearing. Body is light, close to medium but not quite there, refreshing, and quite good overall.

Sep 09, 2012
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Retail1LO from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into a 13 oz. tulip. Beer pour a murky, bordering on opaque, orange hie with a thin head. Produces minimal lacing. The nose is grassy and funky with a hint of blackberries. The taste tightly follows the nose. This is a real light, refreshing brew. The finish is sweet but dry with more grass. Overall, this is nice. Recommend.

Aug 31, 2012
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A wild saison steeped with whole blackberries. On tap at the brewery.

A: The ale has a faint blackberry tint, somewhere between light purple and watered-down blue. That light tint stands out within the amber of the underlying saison. A white head, not too big, comes along with the pour.

S: The nose is Belgian, primarily the saison with light fruit aromas. The brettanomyces addition hasn't had time to settle out, leaving the dirtiness out of the nose. The blackberry is faint, the steeping evident over say puree, with a dark juiciness that requires some searching. Once found, though, it is hard to miss the blackberries.

T: Don't view this as a blackberry saison, rather the saison features a blackberry essence - the result of the steeping leaving just the faintest presence of the delicious fruit. The saison is sweeter, thanks to the Belgian yeast strain and saison juju; brett isn't a factor as far as I can taste. That's too bad, another element would certainly help the ale. By the last few sips, I was attuned to the blackberry and had no problems pulling the flavors out. Interesting but a little time to rest with the brettanomyces wouldn't hurt.

M: Mild, the blackberry isn't the belle of the ball. A good saison base, plenty of flavor, and that essence of berries is nice but subtle.

Aug 05, 2012
Blackberry JuJu from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 25 ratings