Fenceline
Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #351
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,828
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.09%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
56
From:
Blackberry Farm Brewery
 
Tennessee, United States
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Rotating
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  1
Gots
  10
SCORE
90
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Notes: A Farmhouse Ale brewed with large portions of floor-malted wheat for a creamy mouthfeel and hazy straw color. Generous additions of Huell Melon hops lend notes of melon and strawberry, along with a balanced bitterness.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 56 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of sweet fruits and some caramel. Sweet fruity taste with toasted caramel and a mild spiciness.

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Photo of dcotom
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much to complain about with this one. Poured from 12-ounce can into a footed Sauvin-esque glass which may or may not be a candle holder. Pours a clear amber color, with a thick white head that left a spot of lacing as it settled. Big aromas typical of Belgian yeast (coriander, clove, banana) that predominate on the palate as well. Also hints of melon and strawberry, as advertised, along with some pleasant bitterness, a peppery hop kick, and a distinct umami note. Finish is dry and crisp, with some lingering yeasty and spicy bitterness. Excellent table beer and a fine pairing with comfort food. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from Brewers Haven. Medium golden, thick head. Full Belgian yeast aroma. Taste brings a bit of coriander , more yeasty notes, sourdough bread. Nice savory finish and feel.

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Photo of darktronica
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz can pours a pleasant golden with enough head to top off a pint glass. Bright crispness and spicy Belgian esters on the nose, joined by straw, florals, and melon accents on the palate.

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger white head that dissipates to a thick cap with light lacing. Aroma of grainy and biscuity malt, pear, light citrus, wheat and white grape. Flavor is grainy, biscuity malt with a little breadiness, whole grain bread, apple, pear, hints of lemon and grapefruit; lingering whole grain finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A beautifully balanced, very fresh grain malt saison with moderately complex fruit notes. The emphasis is not bread and grain and leaves a very rustic bakery association with every sip. Like other saisons from Blackberry, this is exactly the character I like in farmhouse ales and this is another pleasant one. It's great they are now providing these in cans and I expect I will be picking these up regularly.

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Photo of stercomm
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 4 pack of cans, actually drank from the can sitting by the pool. This is a very nicely balanced Ale, get a bit of lemon, hint of strawberry, an earthy backbone of grass. Mouthfeel is semi-dry with medium carbonation. A really nice beer for a hot day. Have yet to have a bad beer from these folks.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Pours a straw gold colored ale with a nice fizzy one fingered head. Neatly foamy. A very refreshing and beautiful looking saison.
S- Sweet and sour lemon grass followed by peach, apple, grape and strawberry. Some nice warm notes of brandy in there as well. Nice phenolic notes are present as well.
T- Very nice sweet crisp apple, lemon and strawberry flavors are there. White grape juice is definetely there as well as clove. Very nice earthy tones are there, I can taste the smokies.
F- Pretty crisp with a dry finish. Good enough.
O- Very well made saison. The entire backbone of this beer is earthy and original, yet it is so quaint and refreshing. I would absolutely buy and enjoy again. A very well crafted saison.

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

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, a hazy golden straw color with a two finger fluffy white head that retains well. Aroma is dirt/grass/soicespicespice, grape must. The taste is right in line, a light Belgian spice with grape/champagne/fruity notes. Some notes of clove and wheat. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat soft for thev style. An interesting blend.

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Photo of Buck89
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy golden color with a thick and long-lasting white head. A whiff in the glass brought doughy bread, white wine, orange rind, and berries. The taste followed closely with more fruity notes including strawberry and melon as billed. The yeast was there along with wheat giving it a creamy breadiness. Moderately bitter and clean tasting. The feel was indeed light, punctuated with lively carbonation. An outstanding beer.

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

What's new is old again when the talented brewers of Blackberry Farm reach to tradition for a spicy, dry and effervescent farmhouse ale but forge ahead while using newer Germanic Huell Melon hops for an update to a true classic taste.

Teeming with sparkling carbonation and building a soapy lather, the pale golden ale glazes the glass with a tepid haze. Boldly aromatic, the scent of orchard fruit, citrus and berry are soon balanced with yeast spice and gentle drifts of white wine. Mildly doughy, the crisp malty sweetness is brisk with faint honey and shortbread.

The yeast character duels out the flavors as the bold juiciness of fruit rivals the peppery dryness of spice. Pear, honeydew, dragonfruit, white grape, green apple and slightly under ripened oranges provide a rounded fruitcentric upstart. But the spicy rebuttal brings a taste of white pepper, clove, cumin and peppery hay. Moderately bitter to close, the beer takes on that unique spicy hop flavor from noble German varieties, equipped with a finish of lemongrass, lemon pepper and fresh grassiness.

Medium bodied but on a drying trek, the beer's final spicy and bitter bite retains a strong floral undercurrent and begins to take on a soap-like character. Lingering with pepper, grass and white wine, the finish is medium length and begging for a plowman's lunch.

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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/24/2017. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge peach, mango, melon, strawberry, pineapple, lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, honey, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, fruity/tropical hops, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge peach, mango, melon, strawberry, pineapple, lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, honey, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and a fair amount of herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of peach, mango, melon, strawberry, pineapple, lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, honey, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, fruity/tropical hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an incredible saison! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, fruity/tropical hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Amazing vibrant yeast/hop complexity; great malt backbone that is never sweet. Never overly prickly/foamy on carbonation. A really amazing offering.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange body with two-finger head and lace patches down the glass. Bit of sweet malt in aroma tucked in under aromas that are slightly salty, acidic, funky/horse blanket. Beer tastes slightly funky and sour with a salty bitterness that doesn't overpower the sweetness/smoothness that comes from the notes of tropical fruit and yeast. Pretty good saison although a little dry for my liking.

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

these guys have emerged as one of my favorite breweries in the country, now getting the automatic no questions asked buy when i see their beer. this one is a single hopped saison with huell melon hops from what i understand, and its as delicate and high quality as all their beer, juicy and grassy both from these hops, and perfect for spring, this feels right this time of year to me. pale and hazy wheat based looking brew, no visible sediment, and a wispy white head with amazing retention, cream feeling as it first hits my tongue. grainy right from the start, a rustic but fresh cereal complexion that may include some oats too, rounded edged and distinct. the yeast is also right there, slightly belgian this time, but also rather farmy, despite coming across extremely well refined, not wild to me really, but there is a non bretty earthy funk to it, although its clean as a whistle. the hops are sort of mild for being such a distinct tasting varietal, and i smell them as much as i get them in the flavor, which suggests more of a dry hopping process. like so many of their beers, this special ingredient is an accent flavor, not a dominant leader, and its subtle juicy honeydew, lime, and drying straw notes really make this unique without making it over the top, its all very natural, and the hops and yeast together are fantastic. excellent balance here, puffy expanding mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation and an earthy bitter grainy finish, with subtle belgian esters. wonderful beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hunahpu Day. Hazy orange. Smells of spice, herbs,and green melon. Phenolic yeast and light pale malt. Tastes of a nice green and melon hop flavor. Strong yeast and bitterness. Less malty than other Blackberry Farm saisons. Medium body. Delicious, as always.

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Photo of babaracas
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fenceline, a Farmhouse Ale. Pours a cloudy amber with soapy white head, settles with a few thin rings partway down the glass. Smell: wheat bread, biscuit, fruit salad - melon and berries, honey-like sweetness. Taste: cooked peach, black pepper, plum, sugared strawberries, melon, crusty wheat bread; finish is grainy, spicy and a bit cheesy. Medium-plus bodied, pillowy carbonation, semi-sticky yet drying finish. There's a ton of flavor here, really nicely done.

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Fenceline from Blackberry Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 56 ratings