Blackberry Rye
Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #327
Ranked #7,088
4.08 | pDev: 6.37%
Blackberry Farm Brewery
Tennessee, United States
Blackberry RyeBlackberry Rye
Notes: This offering in our Native Series was brewed with select heritage barley and rye malts and fermented with a wild strain of native yeast harvested from honeysuckle blossoms found on Blackberry Farm’s 9,200 acre estate. A secondary fermentation with blackberries followed by additional aging in Tennessee whiskey barrels lends notes of dark fruit and oak to this medium bodied ale’s malt profile, accentuated by a mild tartness and earthy complexity from the wild native yeast.
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into glass. No bottling date information found.
Peachy amber colored body. The body was clear until the last of the bottle was poured into the glass, which resulted in a murky body. Fizzy white cap and high ring. Some spots of lacing are left behind.
Aroma has some dark berry along with the yeast.
Taste has berry fruit, dark fruit, and lots of earthy, yeasty funk. Hop flavor and bitterness are minimal.
Light, effervescent mouth feel. Good carbonation. Dry yeast feel.
Well balanced farmhouse ale. Flavors blend well together. Easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The cork absolutely rocketed out of this bottle, but luckily the beer did not gush. It pours with a burnt orange color, with a large fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like oak, honey, clove, sharp funk, light blackberry, barnyard, and lemon.

The blackberry is super subtle here, almost indiscernible. There's lots of weird, dirty, and sharp funk- the house yeast character for Blackberry Farm is strange but wonderful. There's some light oak, and a nice honey sweetness as well.

This has a sharp feel to it, as it's pretty highly carbonated. It's very drinkable, though.

This is a fun beer- I wish there was more blackberry complexity, but what's here is quite nice.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. Pours a deep amber with a big pillowy white head. Smells dynamic. A little of the fruit, whiskey, oak, heavily yeasty. Yeast lends some lemon, barnyard, and acidity. The malt profile doesn't scream rye, but it's a little bit sweeter smelling than other BFB saisons. Tastes bright, fruity, floral up front. Very slight tartness. The malt flavor is a little earthy and not as sweet as it smelled. The whiskey is barely noticeable and the oak just barely makes an appareance. High carbonation, kinda detracts. Subtle, but it works well.

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Photo of brunsojw
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very earthen look, fairly opaque.

Nose is very subtle blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, and wood.

The berries definitely come through on the taste but don't over power it. Also get some sweetness, maybe like a strawberry, and oak.

Tart finish. Very light, crisp beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of bacterial funk, slight alcohol, slight earthiness, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of yeast, hint of clove, and fruit. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of bacterial funk, slight alcohol, slight earthiness, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of yeast, clove, grass, hint of hop, and fruit. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and complexity.

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Photo of russpowell
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chill-hazed amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing
S: Golden Delicious Apples, peppery yeast & grassyness

T: Follows the nose, nice pear notes along with dryness & honeysuckle. Pears, grassyness, dryness as this warms along with a little more honeysuckle, hints of funk. Finishes fruity with a slight wet/sour grassyness with a slight Tequlla twang

MF: Medium body with lively carbonation

Very drinkable, nails the style & adds some nice nuances. Most all this brewery's are spot on. This is probably the best I've had from these guys

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Photo of Zythophile
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: none

The appearance is a murky apple cider-brown. Fine light brown head that hangs around for a little while.

The smell is really pleasant. It's like a blackberry cobbler. It's moderately sweet, and the blackberry scent is actually mostly the flowers.

The initial taste is a middle-of-the-road grainy saison, accompanied by mild cloves and lemon. It's also a little toasty. The blackberry flavors are throttled way back, almost as though it were from blackberry honey. There's definitely some anise, as well. Overall, the character is more herbal than sweet.

The feel is moderate-thick for the type. Carbonation is easy to bring out with a swish around the mouth, but it's still fine.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose contains some funky yeast flavours, blackberry and some oak. Flavour is fairly similar, though the blackberry is not strong. The yeast, wood and a malty backbone come through the most. The whisky is barely detectable- I'm not sure I would have noticed it if it wasn't referenced in the description. It does stand out a bit in the finish. Pretty easy drinking and mild flavoured considering the lengthy ingredient list. Good but not a knockout. A bit overcarbonated.

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Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear bright copper color with a moderate white head that settles to a film. Smooth Belgian yeast esters and spicy, earthy funk in the nose; the blackberry is faint. Earthy, leathery funk, flowery Brett, peppery, woody spice with subtle berry fruit. Light, frothy, crisp feel. Solid, though it didn't thrill me.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Moderately hazy dark gold to amber. Forms a half-finger of off-white head that fades fairly quickly atop a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Tart berries and perfumy sweetness. Biscuit malts, and some earthy funk as well. The perfumy sweet smell is confusing...I'm not sure where that’s coming from. No wood or whiskey on the nose.

T: Slightly underripe blackberries, biscuit malts, and yeasty. Some pilsner malt quality as it warms. There’s a sweet floral/herbal flavor here – I think that’s the perfumy odor I was getting. I’m not sure if it’s wood or yeast esters or some weird hops (I don’t get much bitterness though), but I don’t think it helps anything. Earthy with just hints of funk and very mild whiskey sweetness. It finishes with residual malt sweetness and yeast, and mild hop bitterness.

M: Medium body, with very restrained alcohol for anything claiming to be barrel-aged. Lower carbonation sensation than expected, but not flat.

O: Not great. The blackberries are present but not overbearing, which is nice. But the sweet yeast esters stick out like a sore thumb, and it just doesn’t do much quite right. Barrel character is minimal at most. Not offensive per se, but nothing I’ll likely drink again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry rustic malt notes with light peppery yeast notes is quite awesome. Taste is a nice mix of dry rustic malt notes with some peppery yeast notes and some floral undertones are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Super easy drinking saison with just the right amount of complexity. I wish this one was available to me on a regular basis.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer from my new favorite brewery... Everything from these guys I love... Dry and earthy with subtle hints of the fruit... A little funk and a lot of delicious... Spicy yeast... Gloriously easy to drink.. Another A+ effort from Walland....

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Photo of hgw605
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep amber that glowed in the light. Quite clear with a huge pillowy head.
S: Belgian yeast and sweet dark fruits along with some acidity. Whiskey comes through a bit in the aroma.
T: Whiskey is much stronger in the taste. Maybe a tad too strong. Blackberries are nice and subtle but there. Quite tart.
F: Refreshing and a bit puckering.
O: Great first experience with this brewery I have heard great things about.

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Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a thick, cloudy texture. Some chunky sediment visible. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fairly long amount of time. Excellent lacing.

S: A good aroma of Belgian yeast, blackberries, whiskey, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a bit of the advertised blackberries (mostly in the finish), a good shot of Belgian-style yeast, some of the whiskey (a little bracing at first, but gets better as it goes along), a bit rye, some pepper, and dark fruit (plums). An interesting take on the saison flavor. Not quite as robust as I would have liked, but still very complex and fascinating.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very unique kind of saison here. It isn't perfect, but it's eminently drinkable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks so much to tenderbranson69 for sharing this -the cork POPPED! in the air immediately after the last twist of the cage, but no gushing or foaming.

The color is cloudy light brown with creamy head with very fine bead and thick rocky topography with lace that sticks well. The smell is subtle yet expresses subtle toast with mild vinous notes from yeast with bready aroma and floral hop notes. The feel is very good with semi-dry quality and moderately high carbonation level as expected with light sweetness and smooth creamy middle with a dry lightly bitter finish -practically perfect mouthfeel.

The flavor has a great malt presence with yeast support and light fruitiness with mild vinous taste and a light alcohol quality in the back possibly barrel derived with a gentle floral element perhaps blackberry contribution and a nice dry flavor in the finish with a slight grape-like tannin. This is a great saison -not a extremely complex but very enjoyable and substantially quaffable with yeast focus that is refined and subtle.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate purplish highlights (not dissimilar to having a little blackberry juice added). The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of brett-like barnyard funkiness with a light to moderate aroma of spicy rye and blackberries.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts and slightly spicy rye. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of brett-like barnyard funkiness with light to moderate notes of hay/grass. Finally there are light to moderate flavors of tart blackberry. Light lingering funkiness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness and acidic prickliness in the finish.

O: Really enjoyable, easy to drink, and almost sessionable. Nice funky flavors with a pleasant addition of spicy rye and tart blackberries. Definitely unique and glad I grabbed this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

all beer should be this good! this is amazing stuff, and these guys are fast becoming one of my favorite breweries in the country. i love what they do, and this is next level. a wild rye based saison with yeast cultured from honeysuckle blossoms on their property, fermented with blackberries and aged in whiskey barrels. that sounds like it should be purple and sweet and boozy, but its none of those things, instead of all that its delicate and reserved, accentuated by all of that but not dominated by it, really impressive stuff. its hazy light amber in color, lots of body and a soft off white head, some sediment in the bottom of the bottle. it smells a little tart like the blackberries, and a little fruity like pears and orange honey, likely from the yeast. i get less of the rye spice and even less still of the whiskey barrel, but there is a moderate sweet woody note to it. the flavor is equally tame on all these extra ingredients, although the rye malt can really be tasted up front, its nice with this new wild yeast, slightly funky but more of a rustic farmy thing, very summery overall and entirely new to my palate. i dont agree with other reviewers that this isnt wild enough, we are getting too used to the same lacto and brett strains doing the same things to the same ingredients under the same conditions, its refreshing and amazing to have something to different, subtle as it is, not all wild beer needs to be sour. hints of the blackberries in the finish, and again more wood than whiskey, hardly any at all. smooth as can be, dry for as grainy as it is, and effervescently carbonated and full of life. this is world class saison, regardless of the impact of the fruit or the barrel, i like the more tempered approach to that. brilliant beer, well worth the asking price...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with a 1/2 inch pinkish white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a unique mold-like pattern of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Moderate aroma of lactic acid, mild funk and a nice push of blackberry.

T- Decent Brett flavor and a light tartness with the blackberry giving subtle fruity notes. Blackberry seed aftertaste.

M- Somewhat sharp and tangy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A good stab at a wild ale but it doesn't have enough character or zing to stand up to other breweries making tastier examples at more affordable prices. One of the best-looking beers I've seen in a while though.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours cloudy, with the amber color infused with the hues of blackberry juice; impressively capped, the lacing sticks as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Earthy and fruity, with stone fruit and blackberry, complement by peppery spice and rye tones

Taste: It is clear form the outset that blackberries are a part of the profile and they are the most pronounced flavor from start to finish; underneath is some earthy funk, pepper, rye, white wine grape and a hint of caramel sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: My second Blackberry Farms beer in as many days and this one is really unique; enjoying the tour thus far and look forward to trying others

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a 375mL corked bottle. A moderately hazy amber-orange color with a thick, frothy white head. The first whiff was inviting: hay, some funk, subtle blackberries, some lemongrass, white grapes, and mild pepper. I tasted the berries immediately, but they were restrained and faded quickly into a nice barnyard funk surrounded by spicy rye, orange, lemon, and pepper. A tad warm and peppery on the finish, and quite dry. The transition from fruit to funk was impressive and interesting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Impressively adept at farmhouse authenticity, the Blackberry Farm team embark upon an adventurous path with rye and blackberries added to the recipe for incredible fruit complexity and a rustic, spicy grain balance.

Rusty, mauve, gold and tawny brown, the murky ale carries a richer haze than most saison but its rich lather that builds atop is long, lacy and frothy. Peppery, perfumy and decidedly fruity, the balanced scent is equal spice and fruit while hints of red wine, toast and honey simmer underneath. Its early palate is sweet, candied and soft like angel-food cake.

Yet as the flavors explode on the middle, its more rustic flavors emerge. Peppery grains, husk and a gritty-sweet taste takes on a toasted rye bread character. Apple, orange, cherry, and plum pull from the beer's natural ester complex, but the flavor of blackberry offers a robust and fruity tang to allow the fruit impressions to match that of the building spice. Peppercorn, cumin and a hint of allspice offset the sweetness and facilitate dryness while the grit of rye lays a spicy prickle on the tongue.

Medium-bodied for saison, the beer's fruit additions and estery balance gives the beer a hint of added weight that limits the beer's dry and spicy finish. Still, its vinous acidity and steely caramel finish is highlighted by expressive carbonation as the drinkability and digestibility of the session remains high.

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Photo of tempest
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light bodied, but not very dry with a big earthy Brett character. Bit of lemon rind and toasty grain. Yes, similar to the cream ale with the house yeast, a little spicy in the finish. Fairly drinkable for a wild ale.

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