Easy Evil
Anchorage Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
4 | pDev: 11.75%
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Saison brewed with 10,000 lbs of black raspberries! We brewed this special beer for the band MOS GENERATOR
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 39 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of stortore
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #1, had 8/10/19.

Pours a beautiful purple/red, opaque, with a half inch head and light foamy cling. Aromas of Belgian yeast, Brett, black raspberries, black pepper, grapes as it warms, light malt. Smells terrific. Flavors of black raspberries, malt, light Belgian yeast, Brett, tart grapes, some wine as it warms. Smooth, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

Wow, this is some beer. Obviously focused on the black raspberries, but still shows well as a saison. Has an excellent aroma and flavor that’s unique and intense. Real intense. Fully warmed, this smells and tastes so jammy, you’re reaching for the bread and a knife. Delicious.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this is criminally underrated here, really shocked to see it scored so low, but its one of the early beer highlights of 2019 for me, and will likely be there still at the end, this is one of the best black raspberry beers i have ever known, and about as much of them as i imagine can possibly fit into it, holy cow! anchorage always kills it with the bretty stuff, and they do here too, a now familiar house funkiness on this, i count on them to deliver bretty saisons of the highest quality and distinctiveness, and even without the fruit they have done that here. i like it being a little stronger, packing some more wheat and grain into it to keep it more beer than juice (its razor thin though!), and giving it enough body to hold all this fruit up. i thought it might be a little pink or something, saison first, but thats just not the case at all, it looks like some fruit concentrate exploded, the deepest of sharpie markets or inkwells, its insane how saturated the color is here, absolutely pushed purple to the max. the head is tall and pink and lasting, and its shiny and clear rather than sedimented at all. lots of bretty funk coming through on the nose, farmy and musty and mature, some neutral oak here too on it. woody even, a nice vector for the funk, and the mix of new zealand and noble hops is a brilliant choice. the grassy noble bitterness highlights some earthiness from the grain and adds balance in two ways as a result, while the fruity motueka adds a complimentary lime note without being overly juicy, the fruit takes care of the rest. berry jam to the extent it feels like its permanently staining my teeth, both sweet and tart, insanely natural for how absurdly dosed it is, and the whole thing warms up really well. it finishes effervescent somehow, even dry for what it is too, and with a neat almost port wine richness. good heavens this is special stuff, i will be on the lookout for another bottle, it was the highlight of one of the best beer drinking weekends ive ever had!

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Photo of draheim
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (batch 1, so I guess October 2017 based on the earliest reviews here) into a tulip. Pours a surprising deep cranberry red with a 1/2 finger dark pink head.

Aroma is tart and fruity, sweet. Ripe berries, pale neutral malt, lactic acidity.

Taste follows nose. Sweet tart blackberries, grainy pale malt, bretty funk. Vinous, woody.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, puckeringly sour, refreshing.

Overall a beer that might be more interesting than good, but it's still good. Almost a cross between a beer and a wine.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark purple color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy / fizzy, purple-colored head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A very good aroma of raspberries, the saison funk, wood, a vinous quality, malt, and some other dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of the vinous quality (and the accompanying oak), some raspberries (less than expected), a good amount of brettanomyces, and a bit of dark fruit (plums). An interesting take on the saison flavor with the inclusion of the raspberries. Not quite as tart / sour as you would think, but it's still pretty tasty.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid beer all around. Not your typical saison, but worth a try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce Prowler bought at Liquor Shed.

It pours a dark purple, short lived head of light purple foam, tiny bit of lacing.

Smells fruity sour from the raspberries, oaky, vinous, hint of Brett.

Raspberry tartness, oak, vinous flavours. Again, small hints of Brett. Very wine like other than the light carbonation, but I don't see a whole lot of Saison characters.

Delicious brew.

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Photo of 420miler
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Raspberry lambics tend to be overly sweet and acidic. Not so here. Strong raspberry taste coupled with the sweet, bubble-gum tang of brettanomyces. There could be more on the back end though. $15 for the bottle.

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Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, hard cork to get out, but very tame finally before pouring.

Pour on the purple side, head is a deep shade of dark purple, leaves nice looking strands of you guessed it, purple hued strands of lacing.

Dark grape flavored sniff.

On the palate it is big and grapey....meh.... kinda mushy, more grapes, moderate levels of tartness...the problem here is they put in too many berries....not my favorite offering from this fine brewery

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Photo of JamFuel
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeus dark reddish purple, with purple foam.

Smell is like tart grape juice with a bunch of raspberries thrown in.

Taste is tart, with some bretty funk over a blend of raspberries, cherries and sloe. Really well put together.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, Anchorage always seems to put these sours right in my wheelhouse, terrific stuff...

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Photo of Tone
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-purple. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of raspberry, slight wine, bacterial funk, slight yeast, and a hint of citrus hop. Fits the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong dryness. Tastes of raspberry, slight wine, bacterial funk, slight yeast, and a hint of citrus hop. Overall, average appearance and body, good aroma, but the blend is erratic.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

They say it's a saison. They say it's barrel aged. They say it's fermented with wild house cultures. But they also say that they use ten thousand pounds of black raspberry and that is the end-all, be-all to the flavor profile of the ale. If you're going to be a one trick pony, then be a good one!

Blood red and with a deep ruby and garnet low light, Easy Evil releases a short, dainty, pink froth. Aside from its timid foam, the beer looks quite cabernet-like. The ripe and roaring character of black raspberry easily overwhelm the senses and relegate the vinous tartness, peppery scent and earthen must to merely a nuanced character. Sweet and rich on the early palate, the beer evokes cobbler-like effects with fruit tartness, fruit robust flavor and a pastry-like breadiness for a malty heft on the early palate.

Little changes over the middle palate as the raspberries slather the tastebuds with its macerated, jammy and stewed character. A wine like edge carries the flavor of red grape along with plum, prune and black cherry. Peppery on the late palate, hints of sourness is laced with fresh cracked peppercorn and a hint of toasted oak for extra measure. Faint hints of burlap again reinforce an oak aged red wine essence with an extended finish of cherry cobbler once more.

Full for sour ale, the beer's immense fruit flavors hold firm through the finish and reward the senses with dessert-like effects. Its drinkability is hindered but its culinary art is raised because of the simple bigness of the fruit. An extended aftertaste of fruit skins offer a tannic balance much in the same way as red wine for a session that I would love to pair with cheesecake.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a dark dark reddish color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells mainly like tart black raspberries, with a tiny hint of funk. It seems like it'll be tasty but ultimately a bit simplistic.

This one tastes the same. There's a great sour raspberry flavor, dark and juicy, with just a hint of tartness, but there's not much else here. There's a very light funk, but no real hop or malt character, and a fairly thin finish.

This is very thin bodied, it kind of just falls off as super watery in the finish.

I expected a lot more out of this one. It's certainly tasty, but I wanted a bit more.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 released today (10-06-17) into a Teku

Beet juice purple hue, thin plum head with pretty lacing; tart black raspberries on the nose, juicy, jammy, but very dry, smooth, light mouthfeel with lively carbonation, delicious, bitterness plays well with the fruit, 8% ABV is completely hidden,

A masterpiece!

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Easy Evil from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 39 ratings