Noble Cuvee
Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #156
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,666
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 6.87%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
68
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Blackberry Farm Brewery
 
Tennessee, United States
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Photo of MikeWard
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip. 2017 release. Judging by other reviews, this one is 18-22 months old.

Pours a slightly dull pale golden yellow body with a massive foamy, bubbly white head leaving gobs of lacing. small slow carbonation bubbles.

Getting some apple, white wine, and yeast on the nose, with a very faint funk. Pleasing aroma.

Dry, slightly sour & bitter. Flavors manage to be both muted and lasting. There is a little fruit. As it warms, some sweetness comes through. Hard to evaluate the dry hopping effect at this age, but there is some bitterness.

Mouth around medium, finish slightly bitter & sour, which drops off as the drink warms.

Overall, a very nicely balanced and tasty brew. Good flavors which last. My first beer from this brewery. Looking forward to having more.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BFB is one of the best American producers of Saison and this may be my second favorite to Summer. Great hop character of spice and a little pine with some herbal character mixes well with the yeast pepper and light fruit. Subtle notes of malt and grain peak through as well. I need to find more bottles of this!

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Photo of mjwellman
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours straw yellow with big (three finger) white head cloudy
S: yeast citrus and herbal aroma with a little sweetness
T: Dry, light and wonderful taste on the tongue. Light on carbonation. Feels wonderful on the palate. Easy to drink and because the ABV is not crazy high you aren't getting hammered drinking it (like Saison was originally meant to be)
F: Light low carbonation and slightly dry feels wonderful
O: One of the best Saisons I've had. Usually when the ABV is low the quality is too, but not in this case. This is a fantastic beer. Highly recommend it

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, grassy and floral hops, apple juice, herbal and mildly earthy; nice. Flavor follows, with grainy malt, saison yeast, dry grass, faint light stone fruit and lemon; earthy and lightly floral. Dry finish with lingering open air field flavors. Light to medium body with sharp peppery carbonation. A good farmhouse ales always remind me of drying fields in late summer and this one hits those high notes; dry crops and wildflowers, earth and fruit. Saisons are always a gamble for me, because I do not like the tart style of farmhouse ales, but these grainy saisons with rustic flavors are wonderful. The choice of hops here really enhances the other dry crop flavors. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle. Cork flies off with a little nudge. Pours with an enormous white head. Retains a fluffy pillow of foam. Smells of green apples. Doughy sweet malts. Tastes of green apples too, but with an earthy and spicy hop bite. Sweet doughy malts here too. Carbonic finish. Really high carbonation. Medium body. Not a delicate saison. Had an aggressive sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

as always with these guys, the quality is perfectly on point, almost to the point that the recipe is less significant, like, the beer is so well made and the ingredients are so high quality that who cares how they are combined. what makes this cool is that they are combined so expertly too. the hops here are bitter and earthy and grassy with subtle lime and straw notes, its right on for the saison, and in many ways is more fitting than the new world hopped edition they also put out. i think a less juicy more bitter profile makes sense with the dry malt and i think the grassy instead of fruity is perfect with the yeast, which has some spice just like the hops. lively on the carbonation, very bitter, round and soft though, and right about as good as european style saison can be. i am always slow to buy these bottles because of the price, but every time i do, i am so thankful for the beer in my glass. these guys just dont miss, and have worked their way into the list of my favorite breweries in the country. this one is a little more old world and conventional, but its absolutely outstanding overall!

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Photo of Damian
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fluid oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

The bottle opened with an exceptionally loud pop but luckily there was no gushing. The hazy, glowing yellow-amber liquid was topped by a billowing, bright white, meringue-like plume that slowly fell to a rocky head. Sea foam clumps of lacing stuck all along the glass. Specks of yeast could be seen in both the body and the crown.

The nose was amazingly rustic and authentic. Super crisp and fresh. There was a fantastic Belgian yeast character. Really powdery and dry. Spicy. Clove and coriander were definitely noticeable. Big grassy hop presence. Hint of sweetness too.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but the dry hopping pushed things squarely into an American interpretation of the style. Nice bready pale malt base on the front end. Lots of Belgian-like yeastiness. Citrusy hop notes hit hard in the center. Some damp hay as well. Tons of lemon too. Super spicy. Again, clove and coriander were most apparent. More earthy and citrusy hop character on the finish. Fairly bitter. The spice notes intensified here as well.

Super light, crisp, frothy mouthfeel. The liquid contained an aggressive, larger bubbled effervescence that was lively and sprightly on the palate. A touch airy but perhaps appropriate for the style. With time, the carbonation settled to a more enjoyable level.

American breweries are great at producing many styles of beer, but few nail Belgians this well. This beer tastes incredibly authentic yet demonstrates a welcomed spin on the style. Really well done. I definitely plan to keep my eye out for more of Blackberry Farms's beers.

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Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fizzy fluffy head, nice lacing, murky pale orange color.
Nose nice grassy floral hops, little spicy hop, grassy herbal malts, wheat grass, mild phenol spice and fruity ester, mild sweet malt.

Taste brings more farmhouse saison, herbal funk, grassy malts, wheat, little creamy and faint sweetness, little citrus, floral spices phenols, fruity esters, grassy floral hops, fair spicy and fair bitterness, bright effervescent. Finish dry, nice bitterness, grassy floral hops, grassy malts wheat.

Mouth is med bod fluffy effervescent carb.

Overall very nice saison.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opens like champagne, a bit of a gusher, hazed amber with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Stays hazed up, great lacing & head retention

S: Grassy, pears, peaches

T: Follows the nose, green peppercorns, a little grapefruit, lemon, white pepper & phenols up front. Grassy carbonation, green melon, tangerine rind as this warms & a kiss of mango. Finishes grassy with pamelo, some peach & a modicum of white pepper

MF: Medium body, light carbonation, nice balance

Great drinkability, a well put together other than the initial opening, a few flaws, but easily the best beer I've had from these guys

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic "pillow" saison....soft hops and rounded flavors. Absolutely well balanced and easy on the drink with incredible palate softness. Very well made and delicious beer. We can all be so lucky as to be able to drink this.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden body with one-finger head that died slow and left lace patches. Aroma has a slight acidic sourness with spicy and sharp citric notes (lemon really comes through) with bits of earthiness and yeast. Smooth, medium body, balances touches of barnyard funk, bits of yeast which give off slight sweetness, hints of sour fruit (like sour apple) and dry, earthy, citric dominant hops that have a spicy edge to them (like a peppery spice). Finishes dry with a slight acidic/herbal bitterness with hints of sour aspects.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2015 edition:
Pours a little cloudy after a few tips that likely stirred up some yeast sediment. Nothing outrageous. The head was hard to contain, but is pillow-like and comes to stiff peaks atop the beer. Splattered lacing follows.

Nose is like being in the meadow behind the barn. Floral to a degree, but dry grass is also big. Tart fruit - maybe passionfruit like, comes through as well, and sort of takes the place of the farmhouse funk. And accenting it all is a peppery spiciness. Wonderful.

Taste brings us back to the barn, though. Hay and a lightly musty wood taste provides a big backbone for the other flavors. Herbal bitterness plays the most atop the saison base. The label mentions the hop profile involves mainly old school noble-like hops, and grass and hay notes linger on my tongue after the beer washes over my palate.

Opening sips were carbonated fairly heavily. The flavors stand up to the attack of bubbles, and eventually the carbonation strength fades a tad and becomes an afterthought.

A very nice beer, staying true to the flavor profile I've enjoyed from BFB. I usually think adding extra hoppiness to a well made saison works counter what I enjoy about the style. This beer does seem to accomplish a nice balance that works for me.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The body of the beer poured out hazy, pale golden in color, and formed a large, four finger thick head in the tulip glass. The aroma was a lovely blend of hops, banana, floral notes, and spices. The taste was quite hoppy, providing a lot of peppery character, with some herbal, and hay flavors coming through as well. The hops were followed by a ton of dusty yeast flavors. The body was light, and fluffy, and the mouthfeel was bone dry. Unlike a lot of Saisons in the US, this one was not heavy, nor sticky, and the dry, spicy mouthfeel made this seem very authentically Belgian. My first taste of the offerings from this brewery was very promising indeed.

Update:
The 2017 version is made with Saaz hops, and smells floral. The taste has a lot of lemon flavor that I don't remember from last year. The body is very light, and the mouthfeel crisp. Lovely.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C bottle.

poured into wine stem.

Appearance: Translucent pale yellow body with large frothy billowing white head.

Smell: Earthy and rustic immediately come to mind when I take a quick sniff of this saison. Light citrus, grass, and white pepper.

Taste: Nice big mineral profile in this saison. Earthy and rustic. Light herbal hop bitterness. Floral, spicy, citrusy, grassy, and yeasty. Lots of complexity in this beer for sure.

Mouthfeel: light body that is highly carbonated. Carbonation is creamy and also has a little dry and crisp quality about it as well.

Overall: Outstanding rustic saison! Great use of traditional hops in this saison; I guess what do you expect when the dry hopping includes Noble, Styrian Gold, and Tettnang hop varieties? Blackberry Farms makes another stunning saison. This might be my favorite saison out of 5 different saisons that I have tried from this brewery.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a prominent 3 finger head (may have not poured this with enough care) soapy but thick, pours an amberish, orange-gold, good head retention, nice lacing
S: yeasty and spicy, some subtle hints of berry on the nose, the noble hop spice is very nice here, you get some herbal, grassy notes as well that are somewhat sharp and a tad bitter, but not overly so
T: the first thing that hits is a suggestion of sweetness followed by a spicy (somewhat soapy/medicinal) bitterness and a prominent yeasty (though not estery) note, the medicinal quality also suggests some dried bitter orange peel and subtle touches of lemon (though it must be noted this is not strong here)
M: silky and not overly dry, just a bit from the hop bitterness
O: This is an excellent (though not my favorite) saison. I love the idea of it more than I love the execution, though it is wonderfully executed. I think blackberry farm are the most excellent stateside producer of saisons around. There are others who make a better saison, but no one makes as many with as consistent a quality as they do, another solid offering from blackberry farm.

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Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden yellow with a giant, rocky head of long-lasting white foam. Airy, peppery, flowery aromas - wet earth, spicy grass, and other rustic elements. Flavor is a spicy yeast and noble hop medley: citrus, peppercorns, mint, hay, herbs...all the good stuff you look for in a classic saison. Not a whole lot of noise coming from the malt, just a touch of pale malt sweetness. Crisp medium-light body finishing perfectly dry. Well-carbonated and properly refreshing. A damn nice, authentic, rustic saison.

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Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i do not say this lightly: this is the beer from an american brewery that is closest in flavor profile to orval that i have come across. a truly beautiful beer!

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is an ATTRACTIVE beer.

A slightly hard pour creates a billowing 4-finger sea foam head atop a beautifully hazy straw orange body. The head has some really great retention, leaving behind cobweb lacing.

The aroma has a bit of a peppery, earthy farmhouse touch, but is also strikingly fruit forward. Overripe peaches and mangoes abound, but the spiced pear element really stands out. A little bit of tangerine tartness.

The flavor retains the spiced pear, but it would seem as though its not so ripe anymore. A bit of pear skin on the front end, along with dirty rustic earth. Ever so slightly tart, with a lingering light bitterness. Beautiful backend, dry with lingering dirty and bitter qualities.

This beer is really the whole farmhouse package. I'm a big fan of dry-hopped saisons, ala prairie hop and opal, but this one really stands out from the crowd due to its use of noble hops, lending subtlety to the hopping as opposed to pairing intense American hops with classic saison elements.

This beer is ferociously well-balanced and complex, and has earned a little corner of a piece of my beer-loving heart. Thank you, Blackberry Farm!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With the very first sip, the beer transports the mind straight to the Belgian farmhouses. Its that sort of authenticity, attention to detail and embracing the rusticity that make traditional saison so charming and its what gives Blackberry Farm a leg up on most other beer makers.

Noble Cuvee pours with a frothy champagne zest. Its billowing, pillowy froth is soft and arid, trickling with rocky proportions and sprinkled with yeast. Its scent is raw with grass and straw with a citurs and spice whimsy. Its taste erupts on the tongue, pushing its light and bready sweetness off of the tongue immediately.

As the militant effervescence softens, the flavors reveal themselves slowly and with each sip. Its dry biscuit and thin honey sweetness is light of sugar cookie and precedes the medley of fruit and spice on the middle palate. Dry and weathered citrus seems lemony, lime-like and of bitter orange. Its spicy, yeast embrace is of fresh cracked peppercorn, cumin, light clove and a hint of curry. Finishing peppery with hops, the beer's earthen nuance of damp hay, burlap, fresh grass clippings and white wine must ensure that there's no shortness of complexity even deep in the beer's taste.

Its light body is dry from start to finish, aided by the burst of carbonation that engulfs the mouth and ushers in a quick and drying finish. Its carbonic bite enlivens the spices and shifts the balance to the phenolic side. The bright and rusty taste of seltzer water ensures a crisp and clean finish with a faint plaster-like finish and a bitter, spicy, grassy aftertaste.

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful, straw gold with 2" of solid white head that leaves a ton of lacing
Aroma: A mixture of straw, fruit skin, and light noble hop earthiness and light funk
Taste: The balance between the yeast and noble dry hops is impeccable. Delicate notes of soft fruit, sweet hay, biscuit, with a floral and light earthy complexity from the hops that intertwine the other flavors that linger in your mouth for several minutes after the sip.
Mouthfeel: Medium light mouthfeel with high carbonation with a slight carbonic tingle that finishes dry
Overall: A incredible saison that highlights dry hopping with noble hops, which adds several complimentary layers of complexity that in combination with the yeast, creates a long lasting delicious sip of Belgian farmhouse

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale golden color with a healthy finger of white foam on top. Tart, lemony nose with a heavy dose of bready malt and a touch of wonderful yeast character. Hop aroma is citrusy with a floral and herbal background, medium intensity. Malt forward in the taste, nice biscuity quality with an herbal hop presance to balance. Citrus is absent in the flavor, the focus is on a floral/herbal hop profile, somewhat sage like. Medium bodied with meium-low carbonation levels, super -dry finish.

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Noble Cuvee from Blackberry Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 68 ratings