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Convergence | Backlash Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Backlash Beer Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mduncan on 10-14-2011

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of MattyB203
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Got this as an extra. Strong on the nose - look and smell indicate that this should be a great brew - only problem is that it doesn't follow through on the taste. Strong on the tongue at first, but it loses that taste very quickly. Definitely an enjoyable beer, but wish the taste lasted longer.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 2016 revival to benefit the pulse nightclub victims.
Pours a hazy golden blonde with a 3 finger frothy white head. Good head retention.
Aroma is very fruit forward. Galaxy hops are immediately present, big honeydew melon and tropical fruit. Would like a bit more saison character but very pleasant.
Flavor is an excellent balance between the peppery yeast and the fruity hops. Complex, certainly not a car wreck the way some dry hopped farmhouses can be.
Finishes dry and bitter, never thing though. I'd guess there are some adjunct grains in here to help with the mouthfeel.
Very good beer. Wouldn't mind this coming back for real in cans down the road...

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of lakamoso
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You know how as a kid you have bad experiences and they haunt you the rest of your life? For example I remember a friend of mine Scott once laughed at 7th grade lunch and out from his nose came milk and pieces of hot dogs. For YEARS I was soured on the both of them, for YEARS the thought of consuming either was just digusting.

about 20 years later I had the adult version of hot dog and milk when on a brewery tour one company (quite famous and usually very good) served us their "experimental" Saison, brewed with hibiscus and peppercorns. Maybe it was because it had become like warm, maybe it was because it was stop #5, or maybe it's because drinking a beer brewed with stank flowers and table spices is just plain nasty, but for 2+ years I steered clear of Saisons. This is my reintroduction into the style.

Poured from a tribute bottle to the victims of the Orlando Nightclub shooting, really cool design with a silhouette of a city (I'm guessing Orlando) with a fading rainbow flag design down the right side.

Nice pour, thick fair weather cumulonimbus head is slow to retreat while the body fills in unfiltered golden honey.

Smells of Belgium yeast, hay some fruitiness. Maybe crab apple, aromatic tartness.

Taste is a knockout of Belgium spices, decent array of fruit flavors like licking an apricot or peach but not fully digesting the flavor.

Goes down smooth, no stickiness.

I like this, good stuff for a good cause


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Photo of feylure
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight is Convergence by Backlash. Bottled Sept 2011, Batch 1.

Appearance is a lovely light gold with little head. It's also quite transparent at the first pour, but cloudy toward the third pour. Carbonation is well done.

Smell is sweet, fruity and spicy.

Taste is spicy and sweet, but not overwhelming in the way that some Belgium styled beers are. It's not mild, but a nice medium; sweet at first, then leads to a nice spice and fruit flavor in the middle and ends with such. It's a completely full bodied beer, no dryness whatsoever.

This beer is great. It doesn't have an overbearing spice taste which makes it almost like a nectar. It's easy to drink, and easy to share.

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I have to admit I bought this just for the bottle. Nice gray wax dipped bomber with a black label and a set of brass knuckles on it. It looks mean so it must be good!

A: A hazy golden pour. Frothy white head. Good lacing, retention is decent as well.

S: Quite fruity. Pears at first. Fairly sweet. Lots of spice. No funkiness or barnyard smells (thank you Backlash).

T: More pears. Some grass perhaps? Spiciness is abound but not overpowering. Peppery for sure. Tastes like rye? Interesting, never had rye in a saison before. Almost no bitterness but the spice does provide a kick. Alcohol well hidden. No real indication as to the typical belgian yeast with the normal banana and cloves. Very different saison.

M: Pretty smooth mostly but the spice and rye provides a nice tingle. Perhaps a tiny bit of dryness in the aftertaste.

O: Very unique. If you like rye and you like saisons you will probably like this. Definitely not your typical saison, clearly not a "classic style" belgian that's for sure. I gave it extra points here because I really liked the originality. Most saisons tend to taste very similar (and almost boring, quite frankly).

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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this beer from notes, had over the summer. Smell rich, yeasty, with a bit of citrus mingled in. Appearance cloudy dark gold. Taste the yeast comes through here again and adds a nice mouthfeel as well. Nice depth next sip reveals a little of the citrus that appeared on the nose as well as what would be called earthiness if i was reviewing a wine, but essentially a really nice malty quality punctuated at the end with a nice spiciness from the use of the rye. Overall a really well done beer and one I'm looking forward to trying again as i write this review.

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4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz silver wax-dipped bottle served in a snifter.
bottled 11/2011 / batch 2

pours a brilliantly clear burnished gold tone while yielding a finger and a half of sudsy white head. middling retention and lacing. pretty beer, despite the average head.

nose is good. fairly fragrant, offering several distinct fruit elements (citrus, apple, maybe a little grape), some spice, and yeast.

flavor follows the aroma fairly closely. citric with apple and pear - more pear than i picked up in the nose - yeast and a touch of candi sugar. sweet but nowhere near cloying. spices are evident (particularly pepper), but also not overdone. medium bodied mouthfeel with some zesty carbonation.

overall, a very nicely done saison: tasty, interesting, and very drinkable. i wouldn't put it up there with the upper echelon of the style, but still one i will gladly revisit. recommended.

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4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Giant, rocky, white head. Brilliant gold color with loads of visible carbonation.

S - Peach and apricot fruitiness, coriander, tart cider and a fresh yeast character, much like the taste of a fresh yeast starter. Awesome combo of aromas!

T - A cider-like flavor stands out, along with malted wheat, bark, slight cinnamon and overall spiciness. Green apple flavor, too.

M - The mouthfeel really makes the beer amazingly drinkable. Light to medium body, fairly dry with creamy carbonation.

O - The flavor is just slightly 'green,' but otherwise a great beer. Dry, yet creamy; a great spicy, cider-like character, which still retains malt flavor. Another great addition to Boston's new local brews!

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at kinsale in Boston.

Nice creamy head fades semi slowly with thick lacing, hazy golden color.

Nose saison, farmhouse, light yeast, light spices, rustic earthy malts, light citrus and fruit like apple and pear, light grainy malt.

Taste similar, juicy fruits, apple, pear, touch of citrus, light esters, dry farmhouse, a weird wheat like creamed wheat flavor, maybe oats? Light spices, bitterness, touch floral and lemony hops. Dry bitter finish with light spices.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, decent for typical saison, nothign really wrong, except a weird oat or cream of wheat flavor in the middle. Otherwise tasty.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz silver wax-dipped bottle served in a snifter.

translucent burnished gold pour yields a 2" frothy white head; average retention and lacing. decent nose good offers a fruity/yeasty presence out of the gate along with some spice and candi sugar.

flavor follows the aroma fairly closely. citric with apple and pear a bit of spice and a touch of candi sugar. it is on the sweet side but not overdone. medium bodied mouthfeel with some zesty carbonation.

overall, a very nicely done saison: tasty, interesting - bit of a different spin on the style - and enjoyable. doesn't move the eath but i'd welcome another glass.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with a couple fingers of white head. Intensely citrusy with lots of lemon peel and orange aromas. Nice and yeasty with a bit of bread and cracker malt. A mild spiciness and a hint of melon. The flavor is slightly sweet, and has a more pronounced spiciness, particularly coriander. The lemon character is pronounced and there is a touch of white pepper. Good bread malt base and plenty of yeast.

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Convergence from Backlash Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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