Dog Ate My Homework | Brouwerij West

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Brouwerij West
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 91
Photo of tkdchampxi
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
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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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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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Photo of facundoCNB
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of fmccormi
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of BeerlyLegal
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
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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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of jlisuk
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of beagle75
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"Ale with blackberries." 7.00% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and an intriguingly drawn branded pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $6.99 USD and served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've liked some previous brews from these contract brewers.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a seven finger wide head of pink colour. Head lacks creaminess and frothiness, but is of okay thickness. No real lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dark amber-ruby. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's generally appealing, but not unique or special. No overt flaws are immediately obvious.

Sm: Light raspberry. Clean barley. Syrupy sweetness. Hints of detergent. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A light aroma; well below average in strength. Hard to gauge how it might taste based on the aroma alone. Expectations are now below average; it doesn't seem that good.

T: Raspberry fruit esters. Overdone syrupy sweetness. Ugh. Generic malt and barley foundation. I look for blackberries, but I really can't find them. It's definitely got a fruity sweetness. Decent balance and build. Lacks complexity and subtlety. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Low depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light tartness. Not oily or harsh or biting. Overcarbonated. Decent presence on the palate. Not heavy or overbearing, but a bit too thick for the lack of flavour duration and intensity.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the above average ABV - which is itself well hidden. But I don't know that I'd get it again. A decent little fruit beer, but it isn't worth the pricetag. I'll keep trying the beers this brewery puts out, but this isn't particularly impressive.


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Photo of mhaugo
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle poured into a large snifter.
Appearance: The beer is a murky maroon with a hat as pink as my daughter’s pajamas.
Smell: Crushed blackberries. Maybe a hint of grape Kool-Aid.
Taste: Crushed blackberries, followed by a whisper of clove.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy with a medium body of crushed blackberries.
Overall: I decanted this into my glass, went upstairs, took a couple sips, threw a puzzled look, and then went back downstairs to check the bottle thinking I must have forgotten the pour the beer part of this fruit beer. Nope… it was empty. Hmmmm. I’ve kind of been intrigued by this brewery lately (or traveling brewer, I guess), so I picked up this blackberry saison hoping to get my doors blown off. Instead I got a liquefied fruit salad. I’m not opposed to fruit beers, but there has to be a beer somewhere in there.

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Photo of seand
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly opaque deep purply-blue blueberry color, with a fair amount of off-white head. A thin layer retains, leaving decent lacing.

S: Saison style yeast with a thick note of blueberry. Nice complexity.

T: Medium sweetness, with very nicely blended notes of blueberry. The blueberry is certainly noticeable, but it's blended so well that I might not have immediately noticed that it was a fruit beer if I tried it blind. The overall effect is very nice.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Dry blueberry finish.

Overall, really nice. It tastes like a nice, dry saison first, with the blueberries blended in expertly.

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Photo of emerge077
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep reddish purple into a tumbler glass, stiff meringue foam that rises above the rim and hangs there momentarily. The foam has a pinkish red hue to it from the blackberries. Clarity is low and the beer is fairly opaque. Lots of chunky lace with strong staying power. Lasting surface coverage.

Smells fruity, some berry and yeast, minerally grains.

Berry taste, reminds me of chewable vitamins a little bit. Grainy with a low level tartness. Lingering bitter aftertaste, dry grainy middle. Fruit is present up front, then dissipates leaving the saison base in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, not sweet at all.

Overall it looks great and has significant blackberry character. It's a bit grainy and could benefit from a little sourness, but worth a try.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from a blue and purple labeled 500ml bottle a hazy reddish-pinkish cranberry with a solid 1-finger rocky pink head with fair retention yielding splotchy lace.

N: Fruit (rasberries, blackberries, cranberries), yeast, some mild funk, juicy, tart, faint wood/earth, trace sweetness. The blackberry juice and saison yeast combo could easily be mistaken for an off aroma if you didn't know it was a component.

T: Yeasty and fruity with juicy skins. Grape-like with a mild tartness.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Initial fruit on tip followed by the yeast. Finishes semi-dry and slightly musty.

O: Liked this for being unique and refreshing.

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Photo of MoistPope
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pomegranate color with the taste of currants. Absolutely zero head with very minimal lacing. What lacing is present is white, reddish. Smell for me is almost non-existing. Taste is where this beer excels in. Tart yet very refessing. Thin and very dry. I'd buy another one. Out of all the beers my wife has tried this is her favorite.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When the beer was set before me, I was confused about the reddish-brown murkiness that presented itself in my farmhouse/saison style beer. It was poured to the brim of a tulip glass so I had no opportunity to see what kind of head may have formed. Swirling the glass later brought some effervescent foam that quickly dissipated. Served very cold, it had very little aroma; as it warmed, it was still muted, but I got light sweetness, cherry.

When I took a sip, I was confronted with juicy, tart apple, lightly sweet flavors and raspberry (at least I got the berry part right). More confused, I wondered whether the beer was mislabeled (on Untapp'd) and was actually a Flanders Red style. Confusion was resolved upon visiting the BW web site to discover it is a blackberry saison, with their saison extra as the base.

I haven't tried the saison extra, but I could taste it mostly on the finish, after the tart/sweet flavors of the fruit faded and some lingering yeast/spicy hop, and dryness came forward. The brewer says he wanted to add fruit without abandoning the characteristic dryness of a saison. I would say this goal was substantially accomplished. The tartness of blackberry does not make the beer overly sweet (it does swing the flavors pretty far at the beginning and middle of the quaff), and as mentioned it finishes with some characteristic saison notes. But it is sweeter and less attenuated, naturally.

Overall, it has some complexity of flavor that I would not mind trying again; it's not just "fruity."

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