Dog Ate My Homework
Brouwerij West

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #98
Ranked #27,236
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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Reviews by ncelauro:
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ncelauro from New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jan 17, 2014
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2beerdogs from California

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.

Jun 06, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Jun 14, 2013
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brandoman63 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Jun 20, 2014
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drewone from California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Dec 14, 2013
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RaulMondesi from California

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, Short Dog).

I’m out.

Jan 22, 2019
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augustgarage from California

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

Jun 24, 2018
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Halcyondays from California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Aug 31, 2013
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beerpadawan from California

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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."

Nov 29, 2012
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tbeq00 from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Dec 15, 2012
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pkalix from California

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oct 15, 2017
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Sir_Goatman from Oregon

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jun 24, 2019
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enelson from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Apr 19, 2014
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jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 14, 2020
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teamwiggum from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Aug 29, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

May 25, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Aug 07, 2014
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GRG1313 from California

2.75/5  rDev -28%

Jun 04, 2013
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IRONRakkasan from California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Jul 27, 2014
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seand from California

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Jun 28, 2013
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mhaugo from California

2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Jun 29, 2013
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mattafett from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Jul 11, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

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 likes 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.

Dec 31, 2013
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wrightst from Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jun 19, 2014
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vermilcj from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Jan 18, 2014
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 136 ratings