Barrel Series Brett Saison
Blackberry Farm Brewery

Barrel Series Brett SaisonBarrel Series Brett Saison
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Belgian Saison
4.05 | pDev: 8.15%
Blackberry Farm Brewery
Tennessee, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Barrel Series Brett SaisonBarrel Series Brett Saison
Notes: Our Classic Saison fermented with brettanomyces and aged in French Oak red wine barrels. 7.7% ABV, 25 IBU
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 47 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky golden color with a 2 finger white, and frothy head. The retention is good. No lacing on the glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.
The nose is quite funky. That is what I got when I popped the cork. Up close I get a sour, funky fruity aroma. I get a bit of grapes, which makes sense aged in wine barrels. There's also a slight sweet aroma, but the funky and sour are king.
Taste - light, dough flavor. Not much funk or sour. Just a slight tartness on the backside. Slight red wine flavor from the barrel.
The body is decent. Somewhat "dry". Nice feel on my palate of the carbonation.
This is a delicious beer. Really tasty, and just the right ABV in my book.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an aged Saison, and at least four to five months old since the bottle says 2017 on it. Very excited. This is my first of Blackberry Farm.

L- Pours a light straw colored beer with a slight burnt orange tint to it. Quarter to half fingered head that's frothy at first and dissipates quickly.
S-Brett, wine, slight grape, yeast, pickle, sourdough bread, and spice. Very nice, well crafted aroma.
T- This beer has a yeasty, bitter, phenolic, spicy, slight brett/pickle flavor. I do get some nice wine flavor as well, but I have to search for it. It is a bit under toned though.
F- Dry and very nice.
O- Extremely well crafted saison. I loved every second of this beer while drinking it. Solid and pleasant notes of brett make for a delicious minimal and spicy farmhouse. Well done. I do wish there was more pop to the flavor, though. Don't get me wrong, this beer is great, it's just lacking pop.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oh disaster here in the brett being way too powerful, especially in the taste. Has a burning alcohol and diaper afertaste. Too bad because the brett saison before the finish is good, with flowers, red wine barrel influences, barnyard funk, and grape must. Smell is lots of brett and vinous influences with wood and belgian yeast. Just too much brett, feel had a burn to it as well

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Not much lacing here.

S: A decent enough aroma of light fruit, Brettanomyces, red wine, and some yeast.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of Belgian-style yeast, a fair amount of the advertised Brettanomyces, some citrus fruit (orange?), a bit of barnyard funk, a tinge of the red wine, and a little pepper. I didn't get much of the red wine, but there was enough going on to make the flavor interesting. Not bad.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer doesn't necessarily set itself apart from other saisons, it's still pretty tasty. Drinkable.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle.

big brett flavor followed by even more brett drink. barny and funky. a mild graininess in an otherwise dry body. might be getting a touch of the red wine barrel aging. hazy looking brew but not overly cloudy. overall a very good brett saision, just how I like it. definitely worth trying if able to.

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Photo of brunsojw
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity, dry, tart.

Easy to drink. Maybe would like it to be a little more full bodied.

Either way this is a good beer. I could drink a lot on a summer day.

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Photo of cavedave
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Buck89 for yet another super tasty beer from NBS BIF 5

Pours almost clear gold, allowing view of extremely active bubbles rising into a quick to leave finger of white foam and resultant thick cap.

Wow, full strength aroma featuring earthy brett, vinous notes, supported by righteous tannic and sourdough.

Wow a blast of wonderful tart and tangy yeast flavors, peppery earth, and overripe fruit, that develops into a deeper bitter that builds to a nice crescendo on the palate. At times the vinous notes dominate the brett and saison yeast elements, at times it threatens to jump off the tracks with sere earthy notes, but it stays together and as it warms and bends palate its way it becomes a tame beast that is delicious. Despite the strength of the deep flavors there remains a sweet touch to keep it from insanity.

Quite full bodied for style, a bit overcarbed for the taste profile but within guidelines for style, with a strong finish that stays extremely clean despite its thick cling.

Very tasty brett saison that is strong, bright, interesting, and still manages to be on the refreshing side. Not sure of its availability, but worth a try, especially if you are a fan of strong earthy pepper brett flavors and red wine notes.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. Clear golden. Smells very bretty. A little bit mineral with some red wine. Tastes of pale malt, red wine, and brett, seemingly all at once. Very tasty. Soft carbonation. Medium body. Straightforward brett saison with a nice wine component. Excellent.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

This one pours a mostly clear pale gold, with a half inch fluffy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like both red and white wine, musty barnyard, lively lemon, and some hay.

This is a really nice BA saison with some subtle characteristics. There's a little bit of oak, a really nice wine character, with lemon and light sour citrus, and a very nice barnyard funk character that is not overwhelming- whatever Brett strain Blackberry Farm uses is quite nice.

This is light bodied, pretty delicate and soft, with a good level of carbonation.

This is my first beer from them and I am very impressed.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

A: Pours a beautiful gold, and Impressively crystal clear (as long as you stay off the yeast trub at the bottom). A bit hazy if you continue to pour. Forms a half finger's worth of white head that fades quickly. Fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Funky and tart, oaky and vinous. Acetic and lactic tart mixed, I think. Moderately acidic-smelling, with mild lemons and other citrus with yeast and black pepper underneath.

T: Lemon and citrus, vinous and acetic. The acetic character is more vinegary than tart, and is accentuated by the wine flavors. There’s some oaky tannin dryness, cracker malts, and farmhouse yeast with mild pepper. Some Brett dryness swells right before the swallow. Vinegary red wine with earthy funk in the hang.

M: The body is on the thin side, and the low carbonation sensation increases the thin feel. There's some alcohol burn, though it's mild - but the wine flavors bring this out more.

O: Not my favorite. There’s a lot going on here, and while Saison + Brett + Wine barrel seems like a good idea – it is an idea that would take a deft hand. And the nuanced balance required just isn’t here. Too much acetic character, not enough Brett, etc. Not awful, but I wouldn’t recommend it at all.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar effort from the good Folks at Blackberry Farms....

With a barnyard nose that provides plenty of character, easy to anticipate the delicious funkiness this beer promises to bring. It's like stepping into a barn that has been filled with hay and forgotten for a couple of years... Piquant and musty.... Lovely earthy aromas... I get hints of the grapes as well but they are definitely outgunned by the bacteria....

Each sip brings hints of the barrel with the oak and wine, a damp earth funkiness that can only be described as tasting like wet leaves smell in the best way and a dry finish that leaves me begging for another... No secret I have a passion for this brewery and this certainly doesn't disappoint...

Incredibly delicious... Hits all the marks right on and really enjoyable...

Awesome beer..

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Photo of Jwale73
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle served in a HF tulip. Pours a pale golden orange with a slightly hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, bright white head. Really pleasant nose - Brett notes come out as well as the red wine barrel - band aids, oak and tannins as well as a hint of stone fruit towards the back. Taste consistent with nose. Everything melds nicely together and nothing overly asserts itself. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, soft carbonation and a mild acidity. This is a fantastic wild farmhouse. I definitely need to seek some more offerings from this brewer.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: a pleasant, pale gold, minimal head
S: smells like the oxbow grisette, very fragrant, immediate yeast, subtle citrus and pepper, a tad fishy in the nose but not overly so
T: sharp, tart, with a hint the of clean pale malt body coming through, also a touch of sweet vanilla, and a touch of apple cider vinegar (though not much)
M: exceptionally dry, just the way I like it
O: much much better than the brett fruit blend ale, I think my one complaint here is that for a brewery making old world styles that is clearly banking on a new trend with this beer, none of the bombast of the newer exemplars of this style are here, it's good, but almost any one of their other saisons is lightyears better. Don't get me wrong, I would order this, but not over the winter noble hop cuvee, or the summer saison, or even their more autumnal vienna malt experiment whose exact name escapes me, good, not great, and if they are going to do a sour program or wild fermentation program they are going to have to make more of a commitment than this, i'm not saying it needs to be more sour, just more flavorful, a vinegar flavor would not be an improvement, but more flavor would

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

definitely one of my favorite operations out there right now. a red wine barrel aged brett fermented saison, and an incredible brew, well worth the price even though the bottles are small. super fruity brett, kiwi and pineapple and tangerine, its all happening, maybe some hops helping too, but this is a pretty expressive and mature strain of brett. the wort is grainy, wheaty based but likely with some oats or spelt or something, its spicy and earthy and seemingly a combination of things. just amazing. for how dry it is, its also mega fruity, which makes it both complex and intriguing, very little sweetness and a lot of character. hazy and thick at times, especially toward the bottom of the bottle, but also really light and easy. i think this would be killer on tap, i think it would age well, and i think its a really interesting release for these guys, who havent done so many wild beers. very cool that the quality and maturity is this high right off the bat, and something i think other young brewers should aspire to. as good as american made brett beer gets. the red wine barrels add a lot more than just mellowing wood, the dried fruit complexion is great, and there is a real wild tannic tang here from the barrels too. tip top!

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. A nice looking beer with a bright but hazy golden-yellow color topped with a foamy white head. The foam lasted for several minutes before settling into a bubbly cap, leaving behind scant tracks. The nose was complex, revealing red wine, oak, vanilla, oranges, lemongrass, pepper, some funk, and some dough. The taste had all of the above elements but they seemed arranged differently: the lemon and citrus opened things up with a slight bitterness. The red wine and oak became prominent in the mid-palate, bringing along the peppery and funky notes. It had a nice funky, Bretty feel to it with a dry and lingering finish.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer! Thanks Danny for sharing. Oaky, winey, classic saison notes; grass, citrus, pepper, etc. and a subtle berry note. A lower than usual carbonation for a saison. Really well made.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bringing the worlds of fruit, spice, wine, pepper and earth together, a complex Belgian-esque taste is born. One of the farmhouse and one of the summer season, Blackberry Farm's "wild" saison awakens from a red wine barrel slumber for a taste that's a duality of beer and wine.

Hazy gold and topped with a creamy arid froth, the ale pours with a radiant spicy perfume. Apple, lemon, white grape and spiced pear gives the nose an earthy wine note. Its taste is supple of fruit sugars and wheaten bread along with a thin powdered sugar layer.

The beer's bright bubbling nature pulls the malt from the tongue and ushers in a dry fruit, spicy and earthy taste. Weathered lemon, apple, pear and melon all seem tangy and condensed while its spiciness of bright with peppercorn, clove, cumin and oak. Leading into an earthy finish, the sense of cork, balsa and cellar-like funk closes the session.

A quick finish of earth and spice frames the quintessential taste and texture of saison. As the bubbles lift the sweetness, it also adds a brightness to the spice, wine and oak nuances. A quick aftertaste of red wine, burlap and dry hay roll briefly on after the beer's finish.

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Barrel Series Brett Saison from Blackberry Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 47 ratings