Fall Saison
Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #525
Ranked #10,783
4 | pDev: 7.25%
Blackberry Farm Brewery
Tennessee, United States
Very Good
Fall SaisonFall Saison
Notes: A celebration of the Fall harvest tradition, this farmhouse ale is crafted with spelt, rye and oats for a smooth, silky body, rich copper color and notes of earthy spice.
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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of earthiness are present in the smell.
T: The taste has flavors of earthy yeast along with notes of grainy malts and subtle bits of caramel malts. A faint amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The earthiness of this saison makes for a nice variation of a saison during the winter months. I could see this working well with roasted meats.

Note: 2016 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Getting away from the summer season, the fall saison of Blackberry Farm brewery takes on a darker and deeper demeanor.

Fall Saison casts an aromatic display of fresh yeast, toast, pepper, citrus and perfume. Burnt orange and hazy with a copper gaze, the beer rounds off with a creamy, spirited, frothy foam stance. Flavors spill onto the early palate with light caramel, pecan, toast and a candied taste of confectioner's sugar.

As the ale steadily releases its tasty secrets, the sweetness dissolves on the middle palate and allows for a estery collection of tastes. Orange, apricot, spiced pear, date and fig tread lightly on a slightly vinous acidity. Peppercorn, allspice, clove and paradise seed hint toward fennel and anise for both balance and complexity.

Slightly robust in taste, but the beer's mouthfeel is creamy and zesty to start but drying beautifully to close. The beer's finish is peppery, winey and toasty while its peppercorn and toasty remnants echo in a medium length aftertaste. Fall saison is a wonderful beer that garners what's best about rustic farmhouse ale and abbey dubbel; ideal for duck pastrami, beer breads and bubbling raclette.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger sustaining white to off white foamy head. The head must last for a good two minutes before trying to dissipate. Lacing moderately speckled the glass in a messy sort of way. The smell started off with a dried sweet to spicy rye malt entering into a light sweet toffee and vanilla. Dried woody edge enters in as it warming. The taste had a great balance between the sweet vanilla and toffee to run into the spices of the rye. Woodiness helps to alleviate the sweet edge just a tad and help to round out a nice smooth spicy and sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about light to medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs good for the style and for me. Sweetness enlightens a soft feel and the spiciness enlivens a nice harshness on my tongue. Overall, wow, this is really good. Wonder if all of their beers are this good. Also, this would be wonderful with beef stew.

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Photo of Jraiona
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep amber color with a beautiful thick head and nice lacing

S- Bread and spice with floral notes as the beer warmed

T- Very creamy/rich feeling on the palate with notes of oak and some subtle sweetness on the back end. Good carbonation.

O- Very good Saison though I don't think it's as good as their Classic but if you are a fan of Saisons this is a definite must try.

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Photo of Todd
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Rye, Bready, Toffee, Vanilla

This farmhouse ale was brewed with floor-malted barley and rye, and aged in oak. Hazed coppery color with tremendous head and lace. Rye bread, spice and some metallic in the nose. So damn creamy on the palate. Mild sweetness with toasty and bready malts upfront and deep wood notes, subdued toffee and hints of vanilla beneath. This is balanced by a refreshing lime smack, crisp edge and dryness. Earthy and spicy rye finish with hints of esters and tannins. Fall Saison is another fantastic rustic offering from Blackberry Farm. And I'm in no way feeling bad about drinking this in the winter.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #109 (February 2016).

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed orange with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Hazes up a bit, good lacing & pretty good lacing

S: Pear with phenols, some floral hops show up when warm

T: Follows the nose, some white grapes & a little oakyness, a little candi sugar as well. Some herbal & woody notes as this warms, plus dryness, plus more pear, plus a little lemon zest. Finishes with pear sweetness, white grapes & some crackery notes

MF: Medium body with lively carbonation

Drinks easy a pretty good take on the style, but probably not as good as the other 2 I've tried. If you like Saisons, give this a shot

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Photo of REVZEB
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So I know I am having this in december not fall, but no regrets! The feel first off is still perfect for this season too, good belgian breadiness is the aspect expected, but the body in general is so smooth and creamy, with decent viscosity for style. Smell is beautiful as well, with rye, belgian yeast, vanilla, toffee, soil, funk, oak and spices round out together to make a artful cohesive whole. Taste is more bready and creamy with vanilla and toffee, but soil, funk and rye are in there with the wood base. Wonderful for fall, winter, and probably any time honestly

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Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From NBS post, bottle:
Pours a cloudy trying to get to hazy sunburst orange with copious fluffy white head. The head stays as a cap on the beer. Snow driftsof lacing slide down the beer after each sip.
Nose is apple (apropos for fall around here), peppery spice, maybe a little hay but not really any barnhouse wood or funk. Mostly dry fruits, apple, apricot, and a little honey.

Taste is somewhat surprisingly not so fruity. Dry opening with hay/drying grass, earthy herbs, light pepper spice note. The fruit notes come mid-taste, but are indistinct-a little fleeting tart bite, then a general balancing sweetness that puts just a slight dent in the dry grass and pepper notes from the opening. A second pour and some warmth brings the yeast notes forward (the bottom of the bottle sediment might be the main culprit), adding a little breadiness (and maybe a bit of a floral note) to the mix.

Feel is definitely dry, light, tending towards medium. Carbonation is on point, prickly on the tongue.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Golden amber body. Retains its head well. Strong rye aroma. Bretty yeastiness. Toffee and caramel malt. Also tastes strongly of rye. Lingering yeastiness. High carbonation. I might be being critical, considering how good the Summer was. I really like the rye, but it just isn't as standout as the Summer.

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Photo of myelo
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange amber color with tall rocky white head.

Aroma is prominent citrus and apricot esters and mild peppery phenolic, earthy and spicy.

Taste follows the nose with citrus and apricot fruit, mild pepper and rye spiciness and hint of vanilla oak. Soft malt sweetness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body with creamy texture, moderate to high carbonation and mild warming.

Very interesting and balanced with plenty of yeast character, malt backbone and crisp creaminess. The oak character is very subtle. Very drinkable. Probably my favorite saison so far. This one is a bit pricey but if you are a farmhouse saison fan it's worth trying.

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Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honey colored body; somewhat cloudy; lots of lively carbonation; thick, dense, and foamy head. Smell presents caramel and cola; spicy; peppery; allspice and cloves. Tangy rye flavor; peppery and clove-like; mild phenol presence. Medium body; soft on the palate; mostly dry finish.

This beer delivers enough zing, zest, and tart tanginess to make for a very tasty and interesting rye beer experience. A very approachable farmhouse ale that offers a lot of complexity in the aroma and flavor departments without undue barnyard funkiness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a rye based saison, much darker in color than the other beers in this series so far. its past copper but short of brown, not red either though, sort of a paler chocolate color, like coffee with a lot of cream. great head too, pillow soft and over an inch high. smells less like rye than expected, yeast all the way in the nose, although the grain does provide the autumnal vibe i suppose. its farmy, and while not bretted out or anything, still quite funky, with hints of belgian yeast and mild clove spice. the grain is more pronounced in the flavor, where the toasted rye malt brings quite a bit of pep. balanced by an appreciable wheat character i would think, and a surprisingly dry complexion. im not sure it screams fall at me, more col weather than the summer edition obviously, and equally impressive as a beer, but it could be ryed up a little but i think, and probably hopped up a little more as well to really state the season, but thats being nitpicky, and this is fabulous beer by any measure regardless of when it comes out. i love their yeasts, and have been impressed with that element more than any other in these beers so far. never knew tennessee had so much to offer, this is rock solid, and well worth the price. great carbonation and enough body to still work this time of year. awesome overall.

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Fall Saison from Blackberry Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 64 ratings