Barrel Series Brett Belgo IPA
Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #42
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,266
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 7.32%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
26
From:
Blackberry Farm Brewery
 
Tennessee, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  3
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: A Belgian-style IPA brewed and dry-hopped with Motueka and Jarrylo hops, blended and bottle-conditioned with brettanomyces bruxellensis
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Keepnitrl from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle is at least a year old, so it has conditioned a while. Very clean and elegant look of the bottle and the cork and cage is a very nice touch. Pours light orange-yellow with a huge head. It is unfiltered and hazy, so I left the floaters in the bottle. Smells of mild mustyness, reminiscent of a Belgian ale and has a floral hint like a flower shop. It is well carbonated, with small effervescent bubbles until the last sip. Head retention diminishes to under 1/8 inch for the remainder of finishing it. On the front end you can taste the Brett immediately, while on the back end there is a slightly fruityness with a dry crisp hop note. They call it an IPA, however I would not label it traditional in the least. It appears to be lowering IBU and is 6.3% ABV. The aging on red wine barrels gives it a nice added layer of complexity.

Mar 02, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Parched Pig. Pours orange with a huge head and lots of floaty bits. Smells of red wine, grapefruit and pine hops, and some musty fruitiness. Taste is much more bretty. Immediate Brett flavor. Earthy and bitter. Red wine. Still retains some grapefruit. Back end is fruity, yeasty, and bitter. Well carbonated. I can't imagine this is all that fresh and is hardly what I'd call an IPA, but the grain and yeast profile that BFB uses works in this treatment as well.

Sep 15, 2017
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Country_Robot from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good beer. Near perfect mouthfeel. Pleasant amount of funk in this one - not so much "horse blanket" as it is over ripened fruit with a hint of (I swear) processed meat a la Vienna Sausage on the finish. This is a proper table beer that welcomes interpretation.

Jun 02, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

these guys are just heroic right now, i still am yet not not absolutely adore everything i have had from them, and i continue to purchase them at the same rate at which they make it to the shelves. this is a belgian ipa, fermented or refermented with brett, and aged in red wine barrels, and while that almost sounds like too many elements at work, it really somehow isnt. cloudy pale color, nothing showing from the red wine, and so lively it is almost hard to control on the pour, quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the little bottle, necessary i know, but sometimes a little unflattering. aroma of tangy lively brett, almost too much of it before the fruity and acidic wine elements kick in, and the earthy wood. the hops are less pungent in the nose than they are in the flavor, but do show some wet citrus there too. the flavor is really balanced between all of these elements, yeast i still think out in front, belgian fruitiness of pear and apple give way to the farmy musty funk, somewhat more mature and forward than it is in their other wild beers. the hops come on later but have a lot of freshness and oils to them, subtle peach and lemon here, with the grassy bitterness it needs to balance the sweet cane sugar and vanilla that the oak lends to this. red wine is there too, black cherry and bright tannins. complex to say the least, but like all of their beer, subtle at the right moments, and well integrated. it is aided by wonderful carbonation and a pleasing dry finish. i am fully obsessed with these guys now, and will continue to be until i have something other than insanely amazing beer from them. this is worth the ticket price without a doubt, and one of the better takes on the style i have encountered in a long time.

Feb 22, 2017
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent beer. You can taste and smell the accent of the red wine barrels. I will certainly try to pick up another bottle before they disappear from the shelves.

Jan 29, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
Hard to decant with the high head-to-body volume on my pour, this ends up a very hazy to cloudy yellow-orange. The head is nice and foamy, falling to creamy marshmallow and leaving a spider web of lacing.

The nose is a nice farm meadow, with hints of dry grass, wood, and a light floral note. There is a bit of funk in there, but it is outweighed by a citrusy note. In fact, the funk almost seems as if could be from a couple of rotting oranges in the bucket (which sounds worse that I intend it to be).

The feel is lightly prickly carbonation with a mildly dry ending. The flavors stick to the citrus, but give an initial impression of a dry, bitter mimosa. Though it may be bitter for a mimosa, it is not overly bitter for a beer. There's obviously an orange note, maybe even clentine, and a little bit of peach, some dry grass, and citrus rind. The Brett seems to get integrated into these flavors as well as more standard Belgian yeast notes.

This comes across as more of a hoppy saison or maybe a citrusy Belgian pale to me. Enjoyable, but I wanted a little more of the Brett to shine, and perhaps a little more bitter ending.

Jan 29, 2017
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Out of this world!

It looks terrific with plenty of carbonation and a terrific golden appearance...

The nose is sharp and hoppy with vague hints of the Brett... Very earthy and funky smelling... damp earth and old wet barn wood... Like a place where animals used to live... In a pleasant way.. Very inviting...

Big burst of sharp hops that are quickly overwhelmed by the Brett and leave this one finishing short but satisfying... The hops definitely don't stick around here.. they are there... and then they aren't... Very funky on the finish... Not sour.. funky... old wet leaves funky... handful of compost funky.... deliciously funky ...

Man.... These guys are doing some great work and this is the best of the bunch so far to me... I love their stuff...

Dec 20, 2016
Barrel Series Brett Belgo IPA from Blackberry Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 26 ratings