Convergence | Backlash Beer Company

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Backlash Beer Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of MattyB203
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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 +10%
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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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +5.6%
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 +5.1%
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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Photo of jkeefe1800
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of perrymarcus
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of SirSketch
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +3.3%
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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Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of Duhast500
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a hazy orange/gold with some nice foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is fruity with some slight pear that is sweet in the aroma. There is a nice funk aroma that comes up as well with some slight bitterness holding the background.

The flavor of this beer has some nice grassy flavor that is ripe with some nice juicy flavor that comes out after touching with some skin flavor. The juicy flavor holds for a second and then lets some bitterness in and it takes control. There is almost a hop blitz but there is a nice yeasty flavor that is a slight Belgian flavor that I was looking for. Then bitter hit at the end. Nice.

The feel of this beer is big but only for the complex flavors. There is some interesting fruit flavors that also carry some big bitterness that is there for a moment to take control but then slides right into the background. This beer is drinkable and has a great feel to it that is warming and somewhat spicy at times.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/30/13 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, wheat, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of spice, caramel and bananas. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Saison to drink for a long time.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice murky yellow/orange with a big white fluffy head and gobs of lace. Nice retention too. I've had saisons clear up to a skim on me -- not this one. Pretty beer.

Yeast and some white pepper and coriander in the nose. No surprises, no sharp edges.

Nice combo of flavors. Raw grain, some lemon, husk bitterness, pepper, coriander, leading to long bitterness. The best way I can describe the flavor is that it is big on potential-- then relaxes. An odd wave here. Bitter and dry toward the end. Very good, but not great - if comparing to many others presenting this style.

Mouthfeel is medium body with nice tingly carbonation.

It is a dry saison, and the lack of any fruit might be off-putting to some, but I like this. It also lacks a bit of muscular bite, but still quite good. I'd have this again.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewing this from the first time I had it. Batch 3, bottled in Jun 2013.

A: Bright, hazy yellow. Super fluffy, large bubbled, bright white head.
S: There is a sweetness to this. Biscuit malts in the foreground, some banana, clove, Belgian yeast and lemon zest.
T: Not a super dry, traditional Saison by any means. It has a nice sweetness to it, that balances out whatever little funk it has. Slightly tastes like a hefeweizen.
M: Super carbonated. Really aided in pushing the flavors around my mouth.
O: This aged well I thought. Didn't really develop anymore funkiness but was not hurt by the 1+ years of aging. Might have contributed to the extra carbonation.

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Photo of Boto
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Noho Brewfest: This one poured a cloudy, golden color. There was a small white head that leaves some lacing. It has a nice nose. Some spices, earthiness, yeast, citrus and wheat. The taste is also very good. Wheat, spiciness, citrus, some sweetness and dryness. A nice saison.

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Photo of brureview
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flatbread Company, Somerville MA. The beer has a very pleasant tan color with a small head. The mouthfeel is very crisp, with slight carbonation.

The highlight of this beer is the very prominent apple finish which is enhanced with a cheese- based food such as pizza.

I would like to taste more fruits and yeast overtones this Saison. This is a good beer and offering it in the winter on tap is a plus.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: apple, hay, and Belgian spices

Taste: apple, hay, and Belgian spices and sugars with slight earthy bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, medium-light bodied with low carbonation

Overall: I enjoyed this saison. It is above average and the bitterness at the end is just enough to balance out the sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden. I would probably pick this up again.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Pours an intense white and foamy head, straw yellow in color, heavy internal carbonation, quite cloudy throughout

S: Rather sweet bouquet, lots of fruit and yeast, some mild spicy and floral/herbal elements, strong fragrance overall

T: Similar to the nose, fruity and yeasty, but certainly disappointing, hardly flavorful, definitely lacking towards the finish, sweet and sour at once, one dimensional, however

M: Smooth, strong sour bite, not lingering, moderate fruity aftertaste, not drying or overpowering on the palate

O: Decent, but lacking flavor and complexity, nice look, but could be more smooth, unfortunately not what I was expecting

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Photo of crusian
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Bottle from awesome girlfriend from a Boston bottle shop. Waxed bottle... and an awesome brass knuckles in the top on the cap of the wax. Never seen anything melted into the cap wax before. Nice!
Pours a light mustard color with a 2 inch head and some decent lacing.
Nose is a lot of lemon grass with a little bit of farm yard in it... almost a bit of brett nose.
Taste... is actually quite boring. Almost everything drops out, the lemon, the funk, all muted, but still there. Everything is toned down. Really disappointed in this. After all the reviews I was excited to try this.
Mouthfeel is quite nice... very creamy finish, mouthfeel is one of the best I have had in a saison. medium body.

overall though. disappointed.

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Convergence from Backlash Beer Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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