Maggie's Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse Ale
Terrapin Beer Company

Maggie's Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse AleMaggie's Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse Ale
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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
8.55%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 11.41%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
219
From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Maggie's Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse AleMaggie's Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse Ale
Notes: Maggie’s Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse Ale is made with fresh blackberries and graham crackers for a taste you won’t soon forget. Reminiscent of the smell in Granny’s kitchen on a Sundayafternoon, this beer is liquid dessert for any home-cooked meal.
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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a hazy slightly reddish darker amber with a moderate head that leaves lacing as you enjoy it. Initial Blackberry scent, which fades to a light malt scent. Slightly berry sweet malt flavor.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Either my bottle was infected or this is just a bad beer. I've had mixed results with the Terrapin limited releases in the past. I thought French Toasted Wake n Bake was overrated, but I really liked Tiramisu-hoo. This one looks beautiful, but the taste is awful. The berry flavor is very sharp and acidic and burns the tongue. Also, way too carbonated. I'm not sure what Terrapin was going for here, but it didn't work.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Maggie’s Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse Ale is made with fresh blackberries and graham crackers for a taste you won’t soon forget. Reminiscent of the smell in Granny’s kitchen on a Sundayafternoon, this beer is liquid dessert for any home-cooked meal." Brewed in the style of a Farmhouse Ale with Graham crackers and blackberry added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. 2015 release as part of the Terrapin Reserve series.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a buttery white tone over a caramel amber body with very light carbonation and fine sediment. Retention is average and there is no visible lacing. 3.5

(Smell) Tangy, lightly acidic berry puree atop a biscuit malt body with light caramelized sugars, moderately viscous and sweet. No discernible hop character, and subtle peppery and effervescent yeast tones. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Biscuit and caramel malts with a moderate impact of berry juices sweetening up the finish, slightly more sweet and syrupy than tangy or tart. The yeast profile generates a drying contrast of spiciness, banana bread and ripe apricot. Put together, the flavors certainly come together to form an interesting blackberry cobbler-type product but do seem to be fighting each other in what direction to take this beer with the dryness and peppery qualities of the yeast profile. Finishes ultimately sweet, bordering on the dry side. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, lightly syrupy, lightly tangy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet and biscuity over tangy, acidic or bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters overall. 3.75

(Overall) A promising effort but this beer does not conjure up much of a range for blackberry flavor, and much of the tart dryness from the peach recipe is overshadowed by the sweet viscosity of wild berry puree. Overall it's not a bad beer, just not quite as balanced as I would have liked to see, but I'm not too sure if a blackberry puree dessert twist would fare well combined with the simpler, tangy and peppery base of a saison, and no amount of graham crackers is going to change that. Ultimately, it's probably closer to a blackberry cobbler than a blackberry farmhouse ale, so frankly I should have seen the liquid-dessert-in-a-bottle coming. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Maggie's Blackberry Cobbler
3.64/5.00

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Photo of ajm5108
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a blood orange hue, moderate head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is predominantly a light Belgian yeast with associated notes. I really had to strain to pick-up the "graham cracker" and blackberry. It's there, but faint. You do get more of that dark berry flavor on the tongue, mostly upfront, but there are some phenols from the Belgian yeast that really clashed with the lighter fruit flavor in my opinion. Almost gives it a mad dog 20/20 vibe. The spicey phenol flavor is the lasting note with a tang of the blackberry. Didn't pick up many other flavors. I'd describe it more as a Belgian strong than a saison for sure.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light red to copper color, thin off white head that dissipates quickly, no lacing to speak of

S: Fruity blackberry smell, funky Belgian yeast smell

T: Tart blackberry, funky belgian yeast, spice, bubblegum, band aid, classic saison yeast flavor

M: Medium

O: This beer has been in my fridge for a while and I figured the Super Bowl would be a good excuse to drink it. A classic saison with the blueberry tart flavor and sweetness. No graham cracker taste but still a great representation of the style.

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Photo of parris
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper-red color. Smells like jam. Most of the fruit sweetness has unfortunately fermented off leaving a somewhat hot and dry fruity bitter flavor.

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Photo of zac16125
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a Teku
2015 Vintage


A: Hazy, dark golden, large light tan head, decent retention and a few small spots of lacing. 4

S: Yeasty, fruity esters, Belgian-yeast banana, some berry notes. 3.75

T: Fruity esters, some spicy bitterness, yeast, floral notes, a bit funky; berry is subtle, and graham cracker is unnoticeable. 3.75

M/D: Fuller side of medium bodied, carbonation appropriate, drinkability is average. 3.5

O: So I feel like Funky Buddha’s Blueberry Cobbler is what this beer is supposed to taste like. Not a bad beer here, but its nothing special and certainly doesn’t evoke memories of a sweet, sugary dessert. 3.75

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Photo of jhartley
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Belgian tulip. No date visible.

Pours an amber/reddish brown color with some floaties that eventually settled to the bottom of the glass. A fingers worth of fluffy white head that leaves a small amount of lacing in the glass.

Aromas of funk, blackberries, vanilla.

Has plenty of that yeasty funkiness up front followed by some graham cracker and vanilla along with some blackberry sweetness.

Nice light mouth feel with a slightly dry-sweet finish.

This was a very decent dessert style beer; I liked how the saison yeast and the blackberries mixed together to make a very tasty beer. A nice lingering blackberry cobbler sweetness aftertaste. I liked this one a lot better than I though I would.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy reddish/purplish honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some moderate purple (red wine) + garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet blackberries, moderate aromas of graham crackers, and moderate aromas of saison yeast. Light aromas of pale + grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale + grainy malts with moderate to strong flavors of graham crackers. That is followed by strong flavors of sweet and tart blackberries but leaves a moderate amount of berry dessert sweetness on the palate. Light flavors of farmhouse yeast towards the finish lends a hint of spiciness. No discernible hop presence.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Exactly as advertised, really nice flavors and aromas of blackberry cobbler dessert. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and quite enjoyable. Somewhat a dessert beer due to the sweetness but definitely an enjoyable pick up.

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Photo of Cannabanoid
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to taste almost medicinal. I got the sweet/tart blackberry but it seemed a little fake. The breadiness wasn't quite graham cracker.Not a drain beer but also not something I would ever want to try again.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer wanted to be yellow, but had a purplish hue.

Smell - In the nose, I detect the blackberries with some lemon notes.

Taste - My initial impression is sweet blackberry followed by bready notes. The bready notes slightly parallel graham crackers. There are also notes of lemon and some funk. The lemon works well with the blackberry in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This realll sticks to the roof of the mouth despite fairly high carbonation

Overall - I had this beer fresher. Aging this a few months served it well.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Plum waxed 22oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 8.99. No bottling date but this was released 06/15. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a dullish orange peach with almost two fingers of pale head. Once the bubbles die down a broad halo and several floating wisps remain. A few patches of spotty lace are left clinging to the glass.

Aromas are a little sweet and a little earthy with berries, hay, must, sugar and some vague graham cracker. It's nice initially but turns into a full on blackberry cobbler experience as it opens up.

Berries are right up front in the flavor backed by mild banana bread, hay, vague spice, graham cracker, earth, a faint herbal bitterness and just a soft tickle of alcohol. As my palate adjusts, the pie notes are more apparent.

Medium, vaguely creamy body with fluffy carbonation. The finish is where that delicious, lasting blackberry cobbler really shines.

Maggie's Blackberry Cobbler is a tasty and interesting take on a style that typically does very little to excite me. I actually think this has smoothed out and gotten a little sweeter over the past four months since it was released. This is about as dessert-like as a farmhouse ale can get.

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Photo of Pencible
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a nearly clear copper with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like grassy and waxy hops, with some sweet blackberries and cream with a little bready malt.
T: It tasted like sweet and tart blackberries, with some crisp grassy and waxy hops, and a little cream. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with subtle natural carbonation. Nice light body.
D: This was a solid brew. Not many fruit saisons out there, but Terrapin pulled this one off nicely. The scent and taste were perfectly balanced and nuanced, so it wasn't overwhelming or boring. The body was light and the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Not for aging, and no reason to anyway. Not a beer I would buy often, but I very much enjoyed having it this once.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with an orangish color with very little head. smells of Blackberries, apples and other fruit on the nose. Tastes had same blackberries, apples but some kind of breading as well. Decent taste.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a huge fan of this beer. Seems like it's ok for the style but just doesn't do it for me. Smell is fruity Belgian yeast and blackberries. Taste is overly sweet, fruity Belgian yeast, Blackberry, the slightest bit of Graham cracker on the finish.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber 2015 edition

L - Orange/reddish with no clarity, unfiltered with sediment. minimal head and no lacing

S - Belgian funky yeast is fairly mild, some sweetness, apples, pears, blackberries

T - Fruity, tangy, funky, berries, apples, and a graham cracker aftertaste

F - Medium body and lower carbonation

O - An interesting and original brew. Definitely tasty and worth the purchase

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks similar to an Irish red. Very lively though. There is a very yeasty saison aroma. The blackberry is subtle, but it seems fruity. The graham cracker aspect plays with the bready yeast. It tastes and drinks more like a Tripel though.

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy with a pinkish hue to the medium amber body. I was expecting a big, messy, cloying mess... however, it is more of a true farmhouse style with influences of the blackberries, graham, etc. Much cleaner and more nuanced than I was expecting. A bit hefty price tag, but we'll worth it due to the novelty factor.

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Photo of stakem
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears reddish purple with a pink stained cap. The nose includes mostly fruity quality with a bready sweetness. The taste has an artificial sweetness/feel to it. I kinda get the berry cobbler cracher crunb pie crust thing they were going for but its also slightky tart and has a medicinal and yeasty character to it that just doesnt work well together. This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. I would pass on buying this again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just shy of the scent of grandma's kitchen, Terrapin's blackberry cobbler saison billows over with the robust and tangy berries and with a hint of caramel and holiday-type spices to give this slightly imperialized beer a remarkable juicy flavor upon a through quenching of the palate.

Its unfettered haze casts a rusty peach hue onto the eye, allowing for a quick buildup of spritzy champagne-like froth with a tarnish stain before collapsing back into the beer far too soon. Vibrant blackberry aromas seem vine-ripened and succulent as it casts an undeniable waft over the palate, easily overtaking the dryish malt sweetness and graham cracker nuances.

As the sweet cracker-like flavor continues to dissolve on the palate, the robust blackberry invites cameo appearances from apple cider, dried lime and a twist of orange peel. A peppery balance is sharp and spicy- leading with fresh-cracked peppercorns, cinnamon, nutmeg and a back note of clove. Amplified by the beer's dryness, the spices soon fuse with a cabernet-type of wine-like twang and soft acidity.

The beer's high refreshment is aided by a boisterous carbonation that enlivens the taste and lightens the body. Slight warmth plays on the throat and trends spicy and vinous to close. Surprisingly medium-bodied on the mouth, the glass finishes in a snap with a subtle undercurrent of graham cracker deep in aftertaste.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber orange with almost no head. Bready sweet aroma. Taste is really nice, fruity and tart, like a blackberry, with the saison yeasty finish, but only mild. Overall a good fruity summer brew.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange body with a hint of amber to it. Fizzy, almost soda-like carbonation and bubbly off-white head. Aroma is berries and sweet toast. Almost like toast with berry jam. The berries come through nicely and add a bit of sweetness and some tartness. The middle has some sweet malt coming through. Not really big graham cracker presence, but it works. The finish is peppery and yeasty like a traditional farmhouse ale. The feel is medium bodied, slightly sticky, crisp carbonation, but not prickly. This one tastes more like a fruited saison than a blackberry cobbler beer, but it works pretty nicely. A nice refreshing summer saison.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter

L - Reddish orange, white head that fades quickly

S - Funky, some fruity goodness

T - Funky farmhouse saison, blackberry comes through nice, missing the graham cracker

F - A bit thin, getting plenty of carb

O - Had low expectations so not disappointed, wish I got more graham cracker though

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Photo of Eziel
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very nice looking farmhouse, light head, slightly berry hue
S- yeasty, light berry notes
T- I was surprised how well this tasted. Mild berry, nice balance with the farmhouse feel
M- felt like a nice saison to me
O- went into this beer with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Perfect deck beer in the warm weather.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is fairly poor, and the head is unusually creamy for a saison (for the record, I am *NOT* rating this as a saison!) A thin ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (2.75)

Smell: No doubt, the blackberry really pops vibrantly. It's also backed by a healthy malt sweetness - yeah, I'll say it's loaded with graham cracker. It's also loaded with caramel and brown sugar. The only hints of saison I pick up lie in the faint twinges of farmhouse yeast (black pepper and fresh cut grass). Still, it's a damn good fruit/dessert beer - and that was clearly the intent here. (4)

Taste: There are initial farmhouse hints to open it up. I get some black pepper and grass at first, before it transitions into a malty sweetness. Graham cracker is very subtle; candied sugar and caramel are more dominant. Blackberry shows up nicely in the finish and aftertaste. To me, though, this just doesn't work well...if at all. There seems to be a disconnect between the farmhouse yeast and the adjuncts, with the former winning out on the latter. And just like with its "base" version, there are some strange off-notes on the retronasals (think manure) that don't help this beer's cause. So it's not only a mess, but the advertised notes don't pop THAT well, either. (2.25)

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sweet, with a finish that lingers forever and ever. What was a saison again? This is pure dessert beer material. Carbonation is well concealed. (2.5)

Overall: I'll give credit where it's due - this is a HUGE transformation next to Maggie's Peach Farmhouse Ale. In such a regard, it rivals Cinnamon Roll'd WnB. Problem is, I wasn't a massive fan of the "original" version, and I don't really enjoy this one either. It's not that it resembles a saison the way I resemble Tom Brady, it's that there isn't one iota of balance anywhere throughout. But hey, it'll trade for Heady Topper~ (2.5)

2.78/5: Sorry Maggie, I don't like it

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Maggie's Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 219 ratings