Summer Saison
Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #376
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,355
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 6.93%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
100
From:
Blackberry Farm Brewery
 
Tennessee, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  4
Gots
  25
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Summer SaisonSummer Saison
Notes: Saison brewed with Australian Summer and Citra hops .
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 100 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JamFuel
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous golden orange with thick, heavy foam.

Smell is a bit yeasty with distinct notes of apple sauce and apricots.

Taste is very complex and layered, with apples and apple sauce carrying the brunt over a yeasty base. Ends on a soft, citrusy bitterness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is medium, with very lively carbonation.

Overall, a spectacular saison, one of the best American versions I've had.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. 2016 bottle that inexplicably showed up in our area just as summer, 2017 started. As soon as I loosened the cage, the cork hit the ceiling and the bottle gushered. I think I managed to save 2/3s of the bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber with a massive head that filled the glass, which I continued to fill as the head slowly dissipated, leaving light lacing. Aroma is nice, with saison yeast, grainy and lightly biscuity malt, light citrus hops. Flavor follows, with rich mixed grain and light biscuit malt, saison yeast, lemon and light orange citrus, melon, light pomaceous fruit with husky grain and grassy hops developing into a grainy, rustic finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The overactive foaming when opened did not seem to be from any problems with this saison, other than an apparent super high carbonation. The flavor is quite full with a pleasant mixture of grain, appropriately farmhouse style yeast and nice flavor development. Like other saisons I've had from Blackberry, this is exactly what I hope to get with this style of ale, a rustic, grainy and full flavored farmhouse style beer. Nicely done, if a little overactive.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky amber color. The head is annoyingly foamy, as it should be with a saison - off-white colored in shade, too. Retention is also annoying (meaning it's excellent). Thick webs of lacing are left on the glass.

Judging from the aroma, this saison offers a bit more in terms of malt backbone and hops compared to a normal example of the style. Decent amounts of caramel, table sugar, and bread create a canvas for the subtly grassy hops to mingle with the black pepper and flowers coming from the farmhouse yeast. There are mild hints of grapefruit, melon, and papaya showing up. It's definitely not a bog-standard saison, but it brings the desirable traits I look for in the style.

When it first hits the palate, the malt flavors are easy to note - this definitely brings lots of caramel, brown sugar, and bread at first. Slowly but surely, the farmhouse yeast starts to show up around the middle, creating a powerful finish of black pepper, grass, and flowers. Citrusy and tropical hop notes exist on the fringes, but are very timid (they pop more vigorously as this opens up). All in all, though, this comes together very well, almost as well as the best examples.

The feel was nailed - often times, (non-brett) American saisons aren't dry and effervescent enough when compared to the Belgian stalwarts. I'm happy to report this hits both facets rather well. It errs toward the thicker side in terms of body, but not overly so. Taking the flavor profile out the picture, it feels like I'm drinking Dupont. Which is a spectacular compliment.

My first brew from Tennessee, and it's a properly done saison. The price point is a little prohibitive considering this is a standard saison non-reliant on brett or barrel aging, but I would gladly drink this again regardless.

3.93/5: These guys know their way around a saison; I look forward to trying more of their brews in the future

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with one-finger head and lace patches. Spicy, funky slightly fruity and yeast notes in a rather funky aroma. Dry, crisp, funky and bitter mouthfeel with a spicy slightly acidic sour mouthfeel and dry finish but has noticeable light fruit flavors.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: light orange, tons of carbonation and a big billowing head
S: saison yeast, muted fruits
T: light funk, some fruit, light tartness
F: very light body, the carbonation tickles the tongue
O: good example of the style

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a bright, vibrant lighter yellow body, hazy with an appropriate one finger white head and retention, bits of lacing. Smells of citrus, grapefruit, earth, cereal grain, light bread, minerals. Essentially what you'd expect from a citra hopped Du Pont, I think. Flavour brings a bit more bitterness into the equation, yet there is more of a tartness that comes out, a light lactic acidity that adds to the citrus hop aromas for a refreshing bite. Sure, we drank this after sampling 5 vintages of Dark Lord, so this was a big contrast, but this hit the spot on a warm summer evening. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and vibrant, great on the palate with a light acidity and minimal bitterness to it.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice effort from these guys...

Lots of carbonation... Rather dry finish... Bigger hop presence than I would have imagined... A little earthy... Pairs well with a homemade French Dip... Yeasty... Good little farmhouse ale...

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: lovely deep clean gold, prominent (though quickly dissipating) 1-2 finger head.
S: lovely hoppy citrus character, immediate fresh orange, touch of hoppy dankness marries with the orange nose,
T: immediately, I think this beer perfects the use of hops for non-bitter flavor pushing, in other words, the hops create the orange flavor with out the over bearing abundance of hoppy bitterness, the citrus just feels so real and brings pleasant memories to mind, strong apricot tones come out as the beer sits
M: a touch dry but also sticky, like an ipa that's been on the shelf just long enough to not be particularly bitter anymore
O: I so greatly enjoy following this brewery, there's such a keen sense here that they want to commit themselves to the long haul and truly marry themselves with old world tradition while keeping it interesting, the fact that they release mostly saisons (all of which I believe stand on their own), it's just so impressive and I think there is something special here. Keep it up! Try this!

PS: this beer has the juiciness of Hanssens Artisanal Gueuze, doesn't taste like it, but has the juiciness

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Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with billowing rocky white head. Second pour of this is opaque, trubby ipa fans would rejoice. Web of delicate partway down the glass. Smell: uncut mango, tons of coriander, dried apricot, a little biscuit, decorative soaps. It's overly perfumed for my taste, but I get the summer theme at this point. Taste: mildly grassy, coriander, lots of mango and apricot, a tiny bit of that citra lime zest action; fairly fruity with just a little of a crackery backing. Medium bodied, creamy feel, citric finish. It's a tiny bit soapy, but not to the point of being a significant detractor. This is pretty good though I'm not sold on the yeast + hop combo as it's spice city.

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Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016

Glowing, foggy orange hued body with a tall, foamy head that drops to a patchy covering. Smells like a blend of juicy hops and Belgian yeast...apricot jam, peppercorns, lime, and earth. Soft, fruity hop flavors blend beautifully with the yeast. Oranges, tangerines, kiwi, flowers, bubblegum, and yellow cake. Smooth and velvety feel, but light, finishing dry. A well-crafted Americanized saison - I've been very impressed with these guys.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a large tulip glass a hazed/milky looking tangerine with a large blooming sticky white head atop that leaves one long curtain of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Wet cork and funk upfront in the nose with some funky "cheese" notes to go along with some lemon oils.Bone dry on the palate with alot of toasted grain flavors,some spiced phenols and dry leafy/herbal hop notes in the finish.The nose was a slight turn off for me but the flavors,aromas,and feel made up for it,well made.

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 2-3 finger foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, lime, apricot, grapefruit, orange zest, mango, melon, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, apricot, grapefruit, orange zest, mango, melon, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and light floral/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apricot, grapefruit, orange zest, mango, melon, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High amount of dryness from carbonation and bitter/spiciness as well. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, foamy, and lightly creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible hoppy saison! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SABERG
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle marked NO-2 into the modified tulip glass.
L - Wonderful clarity, an auburn back drop sets the stage for a marauding column of carbonation to support its pure white king of froth. Queens lacing proves the point of endurance.
S - Squeezed lemon, on fresh straw, dark malts, crostini mushroom, all add to the base malts. Very little hop bite.
warm notes of fresh spring, mix with fruity esters reminiscent of fall.
T - Amber ale, mixes with Belgian yeast strains, esters abound, then crashing into a super dry finish. The floral element is autumnal and a bit refreshing.
F - Medium in body, super carbonation cleans up your breakfast, let alone this offering, Not delicate at all, a party crasher that wants dessert.
O - A wonderful experience, the big saison elements are in your face, the soft touch may develop with the brewers experience. This is a delightful expression of the craft. Not to be trifled with.
Cheers all

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The tropical hops work impressively well with the spicy farmhouse character and toasty, nutty malts. I get peach and sweet grapefruit then a dry, earthy finish. This is a great saison.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C bottle poured into stemmed wine glass. yellow bodied beer with large voluminous bone white head. Aroma and taste consist of heavy mineral content / well water profile. They were going for a very rustic type saison in this beer. Earthy and citrusy hop character. Fruity and peppery yeast. Light bodied saison with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. Overall this is my favorite saison so far from Blackberry farms out of classic, spring, and winter. I would really like to try Fall saison from blackberry farms.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honey / amber hues. Massive frothy white head. When it pours, it almost seems like it's going to be a gusher. The aroma is very tropical. Almost white wine like aroma. Lemon, peach, biscuity, citrus, grassy. The taste is a heightened version of the aroma. There's a jammy fruit thing going on. Tangerine, peach and lemon... jam. Bready, classic saison grassy, spicy, citrusy notes as well. Mouthfeel is a bit weird. Highly carbonated, but almost feels like it's going flat(?) I want to try this fresh.

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Photo of adrianholt
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very well done hoppy saison. Blackberry Farms have their saison yeast strain dialed in. The perfect hops to go along with nice citrusy bubbly dry saison. Just a bitterness in a good way, very good hop aroma and hop flavor. Def deserves the 2015 GABF medal that it was awarded. Would buy again and again if that $13/bomber price tag wasn't attached.

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Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a resounding pop! Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. good head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & lemons, a whisper of phenols

T: A little honey dew melon, pears, lemons & grassiness up front. Golden Delicious Apples, white grapes & grassiness as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes fruity, with a little honey suckle & a kiss of lemon & grapefruit

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation

Drinks easy, this really came into it own as it warmed

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Photo of REVZEB
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So I am a sucker for seasonal beers, and this one was indeed fun for summer. Hops are more present here for the style, with aromas of tropical fruit, belgian yeast, little funk, lemon zest and hay. Taste is similar, with a light bready base, and fruity and funky finish. Feel is where the summer is really sold though, thin, light and crisp, really magnifying a beer that is destined for hot days

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Huge white head. Looks overcarbonated. Hazy orange. Smells of herbal hops, citrus, pilsner malt, and some light yeastiness. Tastes of creamy pilsner malts. Spicy and earthy hops. Melon. Yeasty finish. High carbonation. Lots of swirling solves that problem. Creamy mouthfeel. Excellent saison.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.19/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was excited for this beer, but ultimately, it was much drier than I anticipated. It pours a beautiful golden color, but tastes much different than what you'd traditionally find in a saison. It's a little bitter and doesn't have a lot that separates it as memorable.

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Photo of Buck89
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass. Hazy golden straw with a large white head that lingered, leaving nice tracks. Aromas of orange, lemon, lime, yeast, floral esters and cracker. Citrus hit the palate first, followed by a mild funk, floral notes, yeast and white bread, with a clean dry orangey finish. Generous carbonation appropriate for the style. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is amongst the fruitiest Saisons I've had and for me that's great. I got some oranges, lemon and tangerines with a bit of yeast funk and hints of clove.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i heard this just picked up a gold medal, how cool is that? their beer also recently landed in colorado, so i thought why not for about 17 bucks at Mr. Bs on Market street. beautiful pour, cloudy brass colored, maybe a shade paler than that, like tarnished gold, with some visible sediment in suspension and a hard to control rising white head. it smells as good as it looks, with a light tropical aroma, mango and lemons come to mind. i can pick citra out, but its behind this other hop, australian summer, i know nothing about that, but its more robust than the citra, and gives citra a new facet, which has been needed for some time. that may be this beers greatest contribution, although the yeast is also brilliant. a hint of french style saison yeast, with its grapey acidity, but also a cool farmhouse strain not familiar to me, maybe they isolated it in tennessee? its not bretty in that way, but its equally funky and dry, which is also really neat. carbonated to the moon, and awfully refreshing, finishing with a summery hop thing thats both fruity and grassy and subtle and unique. i want more of it, and frankly drank this bottle way too quick. going to definitely pick up the classic saison next chance i get, i know its still around town a little bit. beautiful beer from the packaging to the last drop. these guys will get popular quick with beer this good! probably the best beer i have had made in tennessee.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
Pale golden to yellow, perhaps a dash of tan due to haziness in some lights. Head easily grows, and remains throughout the pour. I got islands of cloud-like white fluff before the entire head settled into a nice coverage of the surface.

Nose is a little light, but refreshing - citrus and floral notes. There's a little breadiness in there, as well and actually a touch of spice.

The taste follows the nose, but with a little more strength. Malty opening, followed by orange citrus notes with a medium level of carbonation. A little lemon also drifts in, but all the citrus notes are light that when combined with the malts, the feel seems more like a fleshy fruit than a citrus one. In other words the feel of this beer seems just a little bit heavier than I'd wish for. The end has a hint of spice as the beer tends towards a dry finish.

A fine offering, but I'd wish for either a little more flavor notes or a little less body. Not as enjoyable as their Classic, but a good ber in and of itself.

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Summer Saison from Blackberry Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 100 ratings