Dog Ate My Homework
Brouwerij West

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #106
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3.82 | pDev: 10.47%
Brouwerij West
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A fresh, decidedly fruit-forward saison, brewed with Washington State blackberries and black currants. This beer is deep red in color, but rather than being sweet like many fruit beers, Dog Ate My Homework is dry, tart, and refreshing.
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Its a little funky, little tart, little sweet and decidedly dry. Its light enough to choke down easily on a hot day but the ABV is just strong enough to give you a bit of a winter beer feel, kind of an in between-er.

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BeanBump from California, Mar 19, 2020
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3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Market of Choice.

A beautiful dark purple with a thin light pink head with minimal retention and lacing. The nose is surprisingly muted. Blackberries, though not explosive given how dark and thick this beer looks. Fruity with blackberries but not super ripe, mild grain with a mild spice note, mildly white pepper like. Drury and dry on the finish with a blend of grain and carbonic acid. Underwhelming.

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Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark purplish body; light magenta hued head, thick and creamy. Soft fruit jam aroma; light note of berries. Light notes of blackberry; a bit tart. Light body; dry and feathery with a tangy, dry bite.

Well, this beer is definitely bramble berry entity. The berry taste is rather muted and not overbearing, but there is little else to really define it. The body seems rather light and airy. This would make a decent hot weather thirst quencher although it does lean towards being more dry than juicy.

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beergoot from Colorado, May 15, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque purple/grape juice color with a finger of persistent pinkish head

Smells like fresh crushed grapes (thinking Napa), some blackberry, a little funk

Taste is jammy, lots of blackberry, almost like a pie.

Love the mouthfeel, it’s full bodied, slightly tart, pie consistency without being sweet. Slightly funky

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TrojanRB from California, Apr 16, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Tim for this can. Cheers man!

I was expecting a pink hue influenced by the dark berry, but this thing is beer red! Straight dark cherry juice color with some opacity and a loose bubbled pink foam on top that lasts.

A very blackberry forward aroma masks nearly everything else. Tart dark fruit with a touch of dusty wheat like grain and a low key earthy finish.

Wow. Tons of blackberry. The sweet fruit is balanced with a mild cereal grain, peppery yeast touches, and herbal hop end.

I can't help but think of this reminding me of a sparkling red wine. Perhaps a holiday Cranberry Martinellis. Super spritzy and carbonated with sweet and tart blasts. Very easy to drink.

I'll say that a lot of the Saison likeness gets lost to the berry dominance, but this is a fun, unique, and tasty beverage.


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3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 6/13/14 @ World of Beer Evanston.

Murky raspberry hue.

Pinkish/cream head; minimal lace.

Mildly tart blackberry nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Smooth, mildly tart blackberry flavors; a pleasant, session-able brew.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Mar 04, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haterz gonna hate, Raul gonna play. And yeah, like antz on a log (da snack) Raul is feelin this one. Beautiful purple hue like the beets ur girl ate on her lunch salad. Taste is money like Too Short’s last single (see you at the strip club, dawg).

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RaulMondesi from California, Jan 22, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly my first beer from BW, looking forward to seeing how it is. No canned date.

Pours a nice ruby red color with about two fingers worth of pink hued foamy head. Lace is thin.

Admittedly at first I was just getting a lager nose out of the can... pale malts and grain .. but when poured it transformed into a much better aroma profile. Slightly herbal and grassy, with lots of tart fruits (apple, peach, raspberry), along with some farmhouse yeast presence and clove. An overall mellow nose but transforms really nicely.

Slightly tart, more clove and sour fruits.. biscuity and just a hint of bitterness in the finish. The blackberry comes through more in the flavors , and balances a noticeable malt presence as well.

The body is thin, effervescent, and works nicely for the style. Crisp and dry.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Feb 21, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated can into a standard tulip.
Look: pours deep-blood red; about a finger of pinkish off-white head on pouring 2/3 of a can aggressively; weak head retention, minimal lacing.
Smell: as expected in style, the yeast notes are quite apparent, though not completely overpowering; the other half of the smell is fruity, without being tart, reminiscent of boysenberries.
Taste: the taste matches the smell really well; yeast and the fruity non-tart notes dominate; alcohol is very well masked.
Feel: easy going, the body is slightly on the heavier side given the style; medium carbonation.
Overall: a really enjoyable dark canned saison, really consistent out of the fridge and as it warms a bit. Would buy again

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as a gift from RaulMondesi. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours fairly hazy dark ruby red/purple color with a 1 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of juicy blackberries, peach, plum, apricot, cherry, pear, red apple, red grape, fruit skin/seeds, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, blackberries, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big juicy blackberries, peach, plum, apricot, cherry, pear, red apple, red grape, fruit skin/seeds, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness and light fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of blackberries, peach, plum, apricot, cherry, pear, red apple, red grape, fruit skin/seeds, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, blackberries, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance; and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from yeast spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, fairly crisp, and lightly acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a delicious fruited saison. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, blackberries, and bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestly spicy/drying finish. Definitely a ton of blackberries in this brew, but it still feels like a legit Saison. Plenty of fruity/spicy yeast character, perfectly balanced with fruit and bready malts. A very enjoyable offering, and unique style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Jan 06, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours with a half inch of foam and is a beautiful ruby pinkish red color. Medium effervescence and definitely a fruity, light beer. As another reviewer mentioned, this might not be for everyone. Slightly sour with plenty of blackberry notes. Light and crisp.

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Tadertot from California, Nov 07, 2017
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4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft. Not for everyone, but I love this beer. Very light fruit flavor, dry, subtly sweet, fun, not over-carbonated.

Reminds me of a well-made wine spritzer. Beautiful Ruby color also

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tkdchampxi from New Jersey, Mar 22, 2017
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Danny!
Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip. Bottle was labelled "First Bottling" but it looks different than the stock image shown here on BA.
Color is a lavendar tinged amber. Somewhat hazy, then clears a bit. Solid, off white foam lunges northward. Wow, this head really wants to be part of the game. Stacked layers of lace ring my glass.
Nose introduces notes of blackberry, raspberry, a slight yeasty presence.
Flavor is a gentle melding of raspberry, slight crackery malt, and some floral berry flavors that finish with a hint of floral citrus. A delicate tartness finishes the drink.
Overall, a pretty good, refreshing take on a Saison.

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2beerdogs from California, Jun 06, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blackberry nose with some yeast, floral, over ripe fruit. Pours blackberry tinted amber under a very moussey 2” finely bubbled pink tinted head that persists and leaves extensive lace. Starts with dry malt which mingles with blackberry as it moves through your mouth – at the finish there is a big hop emphasis and then the finish is long and lingering dry black berry with all the wetness squeezed out over a moderate bitterness. A little tartness and astringency on the finish. The hops give the black berries a deeper flavor. A little above medium on the body and carbonation.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Mar 18, 2015
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3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice combination of caramel and fruit all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Nov 10, 2014
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3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep pink body. Huge white head with a pinkish hue. Never settles. Layer of foam.

Smell - I would have guessed raspberry, but I guess it's blackberry. Musty. Yeasty. Light acidity.

Taste - Less fruity than the nose. Much yeastier. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Kinda rough to drink. Medium light.

Overall - Not very pleasant. Had potential.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A ruby red clean pour with a finger of head, slow dissipation and a bit of lacing. Aroma is very sweet, tea leaves, berries, honey.. A bit herbal in essence.
Flavor is sweet with a blast of raspberries/blackberries.. Bready, slight bitterness, nice berry tartness in the finish.
Medium body, sweet drink with a dry finish and lower carbonation.
This is a solid beer.. Much better/tastier than the saison on its own.

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facundoCNB from New Jersey, Apr 27, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle at the local beer store, my first beer from Brouwerij West. My first encounter with this sort of beer, and I'm not entirely sure what to expect. Listed here as a fruit / vegetable beer.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a giant four plus fingers of fluffy foamy pinkish-purple cotton candy looking head on top of a dark purple-ruby colored body. Lots of active carbonation. Excellent head retention & big fat sheets of lacing. Looks pretty delicious.

S - Not really getting much on the initial sniff, but musty carbonation, and lemon / lime citrus qualities are what jump out at me. A sour / funky yeast presence is also noticeable, but it is otherwise pretty tame.

T - Oh yes, authentic tart blackberry juice puree is all there on the first sip. Generic berry jam. Slight vinous / grapey wine character. Dry bready / earthy yeast presence. Alcohol content is masked nicely. A simple yet intriguing and tasty beverage.

M - Feel is crisp and clean. Excellent drinkability for a 7.00% abv beer. Medium bodied with high brisk carbonation.

Overall, I thought it was a delicious introduction to this brewery for me. Probably my first ale brewed with blackberries also, and I have to say that they come through nicely. Not sure why this doesn't have higher ratings than it does, but I would surely have it again, and it scratches that mild everyday sour itch nicely.

Brouwerij West Dog Ate My Homework ---4/5.

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mfnmbvp from Illinois, Mar 04, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 500ml/16.9oz pry-off bottle to a teku; no bottling date that I can see, but this all comes from a relatively recent batch, it seems, that made its way to Florida so all things considered, it ain’t that old.

Appearance (3.75): This pours with a beauuutiful 3-4 finger, light reddish-pink head of foam that crackles away audibly above a deep, deep burgundy-colored body that glows when held to the light but also betrays a substantial haziness. The head dies down relatively slowly, leaving an uneven, cratery surface and a thick, wide collar all the way around the glass. Personally, I think it looks great, if a bit murky—and without much lacing.

Smell (4.0): Maybe not surprisingly, the nose simultaneously very saison-like and sharply blackberry. Earthy hay, fresh-turned soil, and a rich spiciness that’s lightly peppery and somewhat herbal (think coriander and white pepper) mix with sweet, tart jam, tannic fruit skins, and, surprise surprise, blackberry wine. This is delightful, even if it deviates from the classic style guidelines.

Taste (4.25): Aaaand as per the nose, the flavor is part saison / part blackberry jam, but skewing more toward blackberry wine than in the nose. Quite tart and tannic with the feel of acidic berry juice and muddled grape skins, but offset by peppery spice and earthy, dry straw, and some pale, biscuity, rustic-bready malt underneath. But this is really dominated by tart, rich berry flavor, with vinous, tannic undertones and just a fat, rich, juicy feel. And yet, somehow, it all remains very dry. I really dig this beer. It finishes astonishingly dry, fueled by fruity tannins and tart berry juice. Very little booze detected.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Exceedingly dry and effervescent, with a medium-weight feel, velvety carbonation that foams up eagerly and fills all spaces, viscous body, and very, very dry (but not parching) finish. The ONLY bone I could pick is that it foams out a little too eagerly. But barely so.

Overall (4.25): I’ve enjoyed everything about this beer. The appearance isn’t outstanding (though still quite pretty) and elements of the smell and flavor could be a bit more balanced and richer, but overall there’s a lot of very, very nice things going on in this beer that not only coexist (a heavily fruited saison?) but actually manage to harmonize (a heavily fruited saison!). Brouwerij West pulled off something very, very intriguing here, and I’m excited to try some more of their products.

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fmccormi from California, Mar 02, 2014
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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i don't really get all the negative feedback about this beer. yeah its a bit expensive, and yeah the blackberry is pretty muted for how deep dark purple this beer is, but i think its tasty and well made and serves a purpose. love the color on it, the head is stained pink a bit, but the beer itself is really dark red purple, the head is rich, and while it doesn't last real long, it does come back easily with a twirl of the glass. smells a bit muted for the color, i expected huge blackberry notes and its just not there, but its also not real sweet, which i appreciate, and the yeast is cool, drying and clean, which works in a fruit beer. the flavor is also a bit bland, but the finish is great. there is some earthy grain under a jammy blackberry presence, but after the swallow the fruit comes on slow but continues to bloom into a really ripe berry pie taste. most of the flavor is unfortunately after the swallow, but its good. mellow beer, but i like it a lot. good carbonation and a rich creamy feel to it. low on flavor, but the berry isn't artificial in any way at all. my first beer from these guys is good not great, i will look forward to trying more now that they are in colorado.

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3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice pink-tinged head in the Bellegems flute. The color has some amber in it, but the purple-pink shades of the berry juice are about as intense as any I've seen in a beer. Fine-grained foam and a pleasant spritz on the tongue.

Just very slightly sweet with a tangy blackberry taste. Touch of raspberry and pear skins. The Saison base is thoroughly pleasant, and the yeasty, bitterish flavor is what returns for the aftertaste after the fruit has faded.

I see not everybody like this, but I think it's better than a lot of actual Belgian versions of fruit brews. It's more tangy than sweet, and the fruit flavor is excellent. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine.

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mactrail from Washington, Dec 31, 2013
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2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Time and time again, I choose this brewery for their cool bottling/artwork, however I am always let down by the actual beer itself.

This is a sour fruity brew. Although I'm not big on fruit beer this one isn't too overwhelming.

Ruby/dark maroon in color. Nice dark white/grey head.

Overall, this tastes like spiked fruit juice with sparkling water. Perfect for a girl who isn't ready for a thick IPA.

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BeerlyLegal from California, Dec 05, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City, where it was labeled as a "blackberry saison". Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark strawberry red color with more magenta shadows and some bright bing cherry highlights where the light gets through. Of course, there aren't many highlights because of the dense one-finger head that is mostly bubbles so small that it looks like pink meringue on the top of the body. Retention is quite good, and leaves sparse but noticeable lacing.

Smell - Tart fruit aromas, with notes of blackberry, raspberry, generic fruit preserves and even some almost lemon juice like citrusy note. I also get hints of cranberry. The fruit aspects really overpower most anything else that comes to the party. Luckily, those fruits are very enticing and hint at a nice autumn/winter fruit beer.

Taste - Like the smell, the fruit is dominant, but at least now there is a noticeably tart dryness that lends some complexity and balance to the otherwise fruity beer. Blackberry and raspberry with notes of black and red currant. There is sweetness here, but the significant acidity cuts through to make this a very tasty beer. Reminds me somewhat of a sparkling wine made from a lighter grape like pinot noir or grenache.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish with well-hidden ABV.

Overall, this is a pretty tasty little fruit beer. I don't really get much of the "farmhouse" aspect, but that's likely because the blackberry really makes itself the dominant player in this beer. Luckily, blackberry is a great fruit because it lends a lot of character without overpowering sweetness like you might expect from strawberries, cherries, and even peaches or apricots. I'll definitely have to make a point to try more stuff from Brouwerij West.

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3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge blackberry flavor. Not overly sweet, slightly sour, good beer flavor underneath. Blackberry flavor is so fresh that you feel like you can taste the seeds. Very nice, and I am not a huge fan of fruit beers. Pleasant funk comes through after you have been drinking it for a while.

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jlisuk from California, Sep 08, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5-liter bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Opaque, pale red-violet color with over one finger of persistent pink foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild dark fruit, slightly vinous, with faint chemical yeast phenolics and carbon dioxide.

T: Begins almost dry, with pungent spicy phenolics, baker's yeast, and dark berry fruit that is slightly tart. Acidity is moderate and complimentary to the fruit into the middle where a thread of very pale and refined malt emerges. The finish becomes bone-dry and tastes of stale, mildly bitter hops.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic and very substantial--even rubbery--on the palate for the style, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Although a bit aggressive and busy on the palate upon first exposure, this rustic farmhouse ale becomes very comfortable and satisfying after a few sips. The fruit qualities seem to be positioned just right: honest and complimentary to the beer's other sensory qualities, but never cloying. Despite its unapologetic Belgian yeast character, this beer is hard to get enough of.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 127 ratings