Winter Saison
Blackberry Farm Brewery

Winter SaisonWinter Saison
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,294
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 8.36%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
54
From:
Blackberry Farm Brewery
 
Tennessee, United States
Avail:
Winter
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Winter SaisonWinter Saison
Notes: Inspired by crisp December nights on our estate in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this Saison is reminiscent of the natural nuances of winter. Light and dark wheat add palate fullness to this Saison’s floor malted barley backbone. Abbey-style character malts and our flavorful yeast strain develop complex dark fruit notes, while Styrian Golding hops bring a subtle counterbalance of bitterness. Unique yet rooted in tradition, our Winter Saison is ideally accompanied by foods with notes of cinnamon, citrus and nutmeg.
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Photo of cjgiant
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Obviously (given brewer's description), it's a dark saison and is therefore... dark. A clear deep brown that shows some ruby notes with a backlight. Head is resilient and more like roasted malt beers - a just short of creamy tan. Lacing is fair.

Nose is that of a fruity saison. Grass, yeast, and lemon peel - not necessarily in that order. The roasted malt add a quite interesting aspect here, but one I can't quite place. Maybe like a farm house that once housed a pipe smoker years ago.

The taste leans a little more saison than the nose, but with the same notes: fruit (apple, nectarine, pear) and some grassy to earthy balancing notes. The roasted malts join here to lend a starchy vegetable note.

The feel is smoother, not as light, and less dry than a "regular" saison. There's still a nice prickly carbonation, but its light pin pricks at most.

Different and a little more fruity than I expected. Appreciate the nose, wish the dark malts had a little more say in the taste, and maybe just a tad more dryness. Minor items all.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Black body with a huge off-white head. Smells metallic, roasty, chocolate, and some banana yeast aromas. Some fruitiness as it warms. Tastes of roasted malt, bananas, dark chocolate. Very highly carbonated, which makes it difficult to taste anything more. Medium body. I kinda like it, but it’s very rich.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a slight head. Light on the nose, and that's because it's also light on the palette. Easy to drink, but not one that I'll remember. From Oak & Stone

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

yet another wonderful saison from these guys. i have yet to have a beer from blackberry farm that i havent absolutely loved. pretty shiny near black shade of red dark brown. its got a great head on it, at least an inch and a half high, tan colored, and lasting. there is quite a bit of sediment in the bottom of he bottle here, starting to get cloudy about half way through the bottle, and getting downright chunky with something like a fifth of the bottle left. this has been a common theme in these saisons they do, i dont mind a bit of it, but when the beers are more than 15 bucks a bottle and i am losing some percentage of the beer this high to chunky yeast bits, its a little frustrating. thats the only negative i can come up with here, these beers are so good, and the textures are amazing, bottle conditioned obviously, id hate to lose that by cleaning them up too much, so ill stop griping about it. amazing malt profile to this, the specialty belgian grains are really fantastic, sweet and nutty both. plums, raisins, dates, chestnut, cocoa, its beautiful. the yeast is neat here too, less forward than it is in the others because the grain is more robust, but its so unique! great soft carbonation and big round mouthfeel, almost creamy, uncommon in saison for sure, but just amazing. i cant say enough good things about this beer and this brewery, some of my favorite stuff in the game right now, and very appropriate for winter. cant get enough!

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Photo of stortore
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours near black, opaque, with a big head, good amount of foamy lacing. Fizzy at first pour. Smell is malt, Belgian yeast, plums, raisins, light chocolate, light caramel, some black pepper as it warms. The taste also leads with the malt, then yeast, raisins, figs, some caramel, light chocolate, crackers. A light hop bitterness. Smooth, crisp, fairly dry, good body, a bit over- carbonated.

Really interesting and different aroma and flavors. The really high level of carbonation was a slight negative. Well worth a purchase, and one I'd like to try again, because I have a hunch no two bottles are the same...

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Photo of travbo1983
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours like a solid saison with sizable head. Smell has nice spice notes. Mouthfell is good, but the taste is a major disappointment. Waay to much roast. Wife wanted to drain pour but I was hoping that letting it warm a bit would change flavors, unfortunately that only showed additional flaws. Dryness kills any possible flavor characteristics. Hate saying this, but it needs additional residual sugars.

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with a pinky of mocha colored head. Great head retention & okay lacing

S: Pears, figs,

T: Follows the nose, a little smokeyness & raisin up front, a little herbal hops too. Jammyness & raisin as this warms, a little licorice shows as well. Finishes jammy with pears & figs & a little dryness, plus dried cherries

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Fairly easy to drink, but not that memorable

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Black with a one finger tan head that lingered. Frothy lacing.

S: Chocolate dominates with barnyard funk, Belgian yeast and some citrus aspects.

T: An odd assortment of flavors that somehow work. Chocolate starts off with a cabernet undertone. Then Belgian yeast and barnyard funk creeps in, followed by some dark fruits, featuring cherries.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Not as tasty as the Classic Saison, but an interesting take on a darker style. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight chocolate, strong yeast, hint of oatmeal, hint of hops, strong spice, hint of wood, slight alcohol, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, slight chocolate, dark citrus, sweet malt, slight hops, slight alcohol, hint of wood, and a hint of grass. Overall, an interesting spin on the classic Saison; more malty and less fruity. I would recommend strongly.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairly roasty, nutty aroma, with subtle floral and tart notes.

Flavor is sweeter than expected initially, becoming roasty bitter at the finish. Subtle dark fruit hints of muted cherry and plum add complexity. Wish they were more pronounced. Soft funk surfaces late.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ringing in cooler weather, the farmhands brewers at Blackberry Farms devise aptly styles ale to meet the climate and darkness. Their Winter Saison is darker, more robust in taste and with a depth of spiciness me meet the season head on.

The saison pours a deep and rusty brown, crimson and purple cast of hues. With a sprite and frothy head building, a robust bouquet of aromatics spill forth. Plum, blackcurrant and red grape layer upon a succulent sweet scent and accessorized with toast and peppercorn. Its initial flavors open with caramel and hard candy with a light cabernet taste.

And as the flavors pop on the middle palate, the toasted and peppery side grows to balance the fruit and spice beautifully. Its creamy malt substrate supports the dark berries and stone fruit and offers its soft rebuttal to the finish of vinous wine, peppercorn and lightly toasted char.

Finishing Medium-light, its darker hues and robust taste makes the mind want to accept a firmer body. But the beer's carbonation, alcohol dryness, toastiness, and peppercorn bite all suggest a lightness and arid texture. Lightly tart and warm on the throat, the ale trends peppery and fruity in aftertaste.

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Photo of Buck89
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Nearly opaque chestnut brown with a generous, foamy tan head. Complex nose with straw, dark bread, coffee, and farmhouse yeast. Also a hint of fruity hop/ester. I tasted the dark malt up front, followed by funk, straw, cherry plum and a subtle spicy hop character. Light on the palate as expected, but somewhat of a disconnect given the color and dark malt character. Overall, very nice but not at the level of their Summer Saison.

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Winter Saison from Blackberry Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 54 ratings