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Dog Ate My Homework | Brouwerij West

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3.79/5
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115 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij West
California, United States
brouwerijwest.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,972
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
115
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by TrojanRB:
Photo of TrojanRB
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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 emerge077
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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 brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of augustgarage
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of tbeq00
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of pkalix
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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 GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of seand
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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 mhaugo
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
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 mattafett
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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 wrightst
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of beagle75
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Dog Ate My Homework from Brouwerij West
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 115 ratings