White Blackbird | Wild Heaven Beer

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Brewed by:
Wild Heaven Beer
Georgia, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by QuentinCall on 04-18-2013

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by QuentinCall:
Photo of QuentinCall
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a real, middle period Rothko color -- burnished and glittering. No trace of head or particulate to take comfort in, but this is a cask so it's to be expected.
The nose is classically informed: rustic yeasts coupled with unassuming malts. But then, nestled into the traditional saison structure are moments of lime zest and a vinous underpinning that is integrated more elegantly than I could have initially imagined.
Taste is mellow but decidedly nuanced; juicy, malty, faintly sour, spicy in a supportive way. Here, the lime has even more of a pronounced presence but never such that its burdensome or unwelcome to me. I would not be surprised if it discomfited some purists but again, it's so excellently integrated that I can only really marvel at it.
The mouthfeel is good to really good. Wine dry but lush and wonderfully persistent.
Hopefully, it is sufficient enough praise to say I already desire more of this, that I desperately want to pair it with tacos, and that I am (perhaps naively?) anticipating its ensuing carbonation, bottling and mass distribution because it really is a nice saison.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz counter pressure filled growler from Barrel and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 5.99. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours pale, semi opaque copper with a finger and a half white head. The bubbles fade to a small halo leaving only a little lace.

Aromas of dried hay, musty, yeasty, peppercorns, a vague sweetness and hints of earth.

Wow, there are alot of flavors going on in here! Must, pink peppercorn, hay, grass, pear skins, vineous fruit, a sharp almost cedar-like wood, yeast, earth and faint honey. Flavors pair quite well with each other, reallt adding a nice complexity to a style I often find lackluster.

Medium light feel with moderate carbonation. Finishes fairly dry with more peppercorns, pear, grass and yeasty musk.

I've been liking what Wild Heaven has been putting out since recently opening their own brewery. This is one of the few saisons I've tried that I could see myself enjoying again. There are enough additional flavors on top of the typical dry grassy, yeasty base saison that blend well and keep this interesting. An inventive take on the style that is worth a try for sure.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can.
A generous head tops the medium-light body.
High, fizzy carbonation.
Yeast and fruity flavor profile with hints of baked bread, white pepper and lightly roasted nuts. Some pear in the aftertaste.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ordybill
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a mug at Taco Mac in Cumberland, GA. The appearance is murky golden-yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is citrus, yeast and some grass with spices tossed in. The taste is musty with some fruit accents. A really good beer.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunuelian
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm really starting to have an affinity for Saison / Farmhouse Ales, especially since I'm starting to grow weary of IPA's. This saison was a bit more herbal / spicy compared to other ones I have had. I definitely tasted the peppercorn and thyme. But as the beer warmed up, these flavors became a bit harsh on the palate. Not bad for a Saison, but I would have liked something that was a bit smoother.

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Photo of Genx
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GABrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jorgerod99
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acmurphy696
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer at the Brick Store in Decatur. That first taste was fantastic, but the cans have not quite lived up to that memory although I do enjoy the beer. It's another winner from Wild Heaven.

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Photo of Beerse
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mntlover
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color smaller white head that leaves some light lace behind.

Aroma is nice musty some lemon grass, spice clove hints, pepper corn, wet hay. Crisp, refreshing and inviting.

Taste is like the nose maybe a touch maltier without as much wet horse blanket as the nose had. Not quite sweet but good fruity notes some horse blanket in the finish with light peppery spice and some grass or hay. Could be a touch farmier for my tastes but its refreshing enough.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium with about medium carbonation.

Overall not bad but not making me want to run out and buy more either. But worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden-yellow body is crowned by a moderately-sized, somewhat coarse head, with good retention. Scattered, broken lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is profuse and slow-rising.

Aroma: Bitter lemon rind, earthy yeast, white pepper, spicy phenols, and musty hay notes dominate the aroma.

Taste: Opens with earthy and fruity notes, including pears and bitter apples. As the taste progresses, pepper and a strong oak note assert. Late in the taste, prominent medicinal flavors present, as well as a lingering, earthy undercurrent. Mild pepper flavors bring the taste to a gracious close.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, with rather sharp, champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A really nice example, with a great deal of complexity.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Thanks to LeeT, for hand-carrying this from Georgia.

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Photo of jbfarris
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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