Boundary Tree
Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #588
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,534
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
84
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Blackberry Farm Brewery
 
Tennessee, United States
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Notes: Inspired by classic Old World farmhouse ales, Boundary Tree was crafted with a base of Pilsner and Dark malts for a burnished golden color, and brewed with Hallertau Blanc and Citra hops for a balanced bitterness with hints of citrus. Fermentation with our Classic Saison yeast strain, along with additional conditioning in the bottle, give it a crisp effervescence and dry finish that are characteristic of the Saison style.

100% bottle refermented. Unfiltered. Store bottle upright at cellar temperature. Serve at 45F-55F.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 84 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 pz can. Golden pour with fluffy head and good retention. Aroma features the Belgian yeast, while the taste adds a touch of hops for a nice bitterness. Full bodied, tasty

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden-orange, with a white head that has good retention. A bit of lacing sticks to the glass.

Fruity hop aromas of grapefruit, orange, grape, and touches of lemon zest are nicely balanced with clove and bubblegum from the yeast.

The flavor, again, features the delicate balance of hops and yeast. A firm bitterness gives way to those same notes of citrus and grape, accompanied by a soft Belgian yeast flavor characterized by clove and spice. Malt flavor plays a background role here.

Body is on the light, dry side with medium-high carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a lot and would buy it again in a heartbeat. Bonus points for a creative name.

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Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a cloudy orange-yellow color with almost 2 inches of rocky, off-white head that had good retention and light lacing.

nice yeast spice was at the front of the nose, with solid base grains underneath. Floral, earthy hops round out the olfactory aspect.

Pretty same on the tongue, but I thought the hops were very muted.

The body was nicely medium, crisp, lots of good carbonation all across the tongue, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, I could have easily knocked back a couple more cans.

Overall, a very nice brew, certainly worth your time if you see it.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Pours a dark amberish saison with a four finger rocky head that soon dissipates. Halfway murky, but not a bad look.
S- Up front I pick up a sweet smell of orange and spice. Slight notes of apple, honey, earthy hops and malt. A bit of a buttery cracker aroma in the foreground as well.
T- The flavor pretty much follows the nose. An apple cider-like spice flavor as well with a nice bitter bite and cracker upbringing. Ripe orange is there, with some subtle notes of honey and Belgian yeast, some bread-wheat tendencies as well as some decent interesting spice nuances. Not too bad! Interesting enough.
F- Nice and dry. Slight fizzy carbonation in there as well.
O- Overall, I would say this is a very good Saison. It isn't anything ground-breaking, but it does have some very nice qualities. It's pretty intricate with some nice subtle marks of spice and earthiness. I would absolutely have this one again. This is yet another very good saison I've had from Blackberry Farm. Haven't had a less than good one yet.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good nose, Belgian spice, coriander. Hints of bubblegum sweetness.

Flavors a tad estery, but with a profile similar to the nose. Fairly hop-forward, citrus & clove undertones.

Dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that died down, but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and green grapes are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of green grapes along with strong notes of Belgian yeast and hints of gooseberries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked how the Hallertau Blanc hops imparted aromas and flavors of green grapes to this saison, which made it very unique.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep golden amber coloration with a large, foamy head and visible carbonation. Smell is dominated by doughy malt, citrus peel and white grape, with hints of hay and estery yeast notes of green apple, clove and bubble gum. Taste follows the nose, with a decent balance of sweet'ish doughy malt, hoppy citrus and white grape notes and some fruity and spicy yeast esters, that unfortunately also produce some slight bubble gum notes. Dominated by notes of sweet malt, white grape and citrus notes of grapefruit and orange peel, with hints of hay, green apple, clove and bubble gum. Finishes quite dry, with a light bitterness and some citrus and bubble gum notes lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and very strong carbonation. Starts out rather sweet and turning more dry toward the finish. While this does have a decent balance of malts, hops and yeast esters, with some nice white grape and citrus notes, it does feel slightly overhopped and the estery notes do take on a certain bubble gum character that I've personally come to regard as an off-flavor bordering on soapy. Overall a typical American Saison that's overhopped, overcarbonated and with a disappointing yeast profile. Still drinkable enough, but far from great.

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Photo of Buck89
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. A hazy golden-amber color with a gigantic off-white head. The nose had bready malt mixed with orange, tangerine, grass, and hay. The citrus shined on the palate. There was plenty of bread, herbal notes, and funk to keep it interesting. Lively carbonation on the palate. Medium-bodied. An outstanding Saison.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with huge, frothy off-white head. Aroma has toasted malts, yeast and light fermented fruit notes. Taste has bready malts and yeast, some earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Medium body with medium plus carbonation. Quite smooth for a saison.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Brewhouse Gallery. Deep orange body. Smells of grapes, sharp bubblegum yeastiness, herbs, and a little bready malt. Tastes of equal portions hop and yeast influences. A little bit of grape, green grass, and faint citrus. Bubble gum yeast and earthy, grassy flavors. Bitter finish from both hops and yeast. Medium body. Not my favorite BBF beer, but it's ok.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful pour.... Hints of fruit although this finishes quite dry... Wonderfully earthy and funky... Love this... Gorgeous beer... Musty...Hallertau is terrific here... I could drink this all day... Wish this could be a table beer... Bitter.... Recommended for sure... Repeat buy for me over and over

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Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into my Hennepin stemmed glass a burnt orange infused medium golden with a large blooming white head that settles ever so slowly into a frothy mass leaving two broken rings of lace behind as it settles,a great pour.Mild funk and some cork stand out most in the nose to me,slightly smoky yeast esters coming thru as well wich is a bit different.Dry upfront on the palate with light spiced phenols,spiced pears and as others have notes white grapes,a decent sweetness in the finish.A nice drinking saison,not a world beater but decent flavor complexities and a great pour.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

some hop on finish. not greatest tasting saison and it has a unique twig leaf taste. it's also really bitter. some saison yeast in the secondary. tap at moor pat.funk nose.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark amber color. Huge three pour head which leaves a lattice of lace.

I detect cinnamon, nutmeg and other bark-like touches to the nose. Light sourness.

The taste is only slightly sour. I get far more aforementioned spice than anything else. There's also some cream and raspberry -- overall, very complex. Full bodied with ample carbonation. The hop component is strongest in the swallow with a lengthy aftertaste following.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

well, blackberry farm has done it again. here we have an incredibly delicate yet flavorful saison that is worthy of any glass or table, but unlike most of their others, this one lacks in the uniqueness a little bit, and as good as it is, im not sure it stands out as original or one of a kind the way i have come to expect from them, even in their mildness and subtlety. pours a nice light orange rusty color with a dense white head on it in the tulip, fine retention and lace too, lovely and pretty beer. aroma is the house saison yeast from what i can gather, clean and a little white winey, but even that is sort of minimal, maybe fermented a little cooler than some of their others. the grain base is a little richer and bigger though, not just a white wheat, but something to contribute this color and warming toasted heartiness. its not sweet but for a second, and the hops jump in early. more aromatic than flavorful i think though, just a little grassy and new growthy in the taste, less citrus and fruitiness than i normally associate with citra and hallertau blanc, but delicate and subtle is what these guys do, and this is clean and fancy overall, and hoppy enough for what it is. something of an imperial table beer if that means anything. stronger than most of those in alcohol, but sort of simple and refined and drinkable enough to go with just about anything in the culinary world and even stand up to it but without getting in the way, and without really warranting additional comment. its quality, and thats what i now know these guys for, but its less interesting and remarkable in some ways than their others. also, this was on tap, and in my experience their beer is more dramatic in the bottle than the keg, so maybe thats something to keep track of too. dug it, a continuation of their excellence, but less dramatic. no limit to how much of this i might drink though if it was abundant...

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of pearl white head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Pears, grassyness, appleskins once warm

T: Follows the nose, some white grape & mushroom up front, plus dryness. Woody & earthy bitternesss, green appleskins & more dryness as this warms. Finishes pretty dry with pear & white grape, slight peppery hoppyness & little dirt

MF: Medium body, pretty lively carbonation

Pretty good Saison, on the dry side

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A beer of old world charm meets new advancements in hops for a raw and rustic soul but a radiant and vibrant attitude.

Boundary Tree erases all boundaries as its deep golden, light amber pour unleashes a host of tangerine aromas from Citra hops and then a backdrop of lemon and wine from Hallertau Blanc. An added perfume of fruit and spice waft about the senses while the taste starts toasty with bread crust, soft with cashew and with a sweetness of light honey and steely caramel.

As the aromas translate to taste, the middle palate shows a fading sweetness and an enhanced ballet of fruit and spice. Lemon, orange, pear, peach and red berries intertwine with the spice of peppercorn, clove, light cumin and vinous white wine spice. Its bitterness is stern and balanced with a spicy, grassy, herbal finish that's redolent with mint and chive.

Medium light on the palate, the farmhouse ale applies a racy carbonation for lightness and facilitated dryness. An excited peppery bite highlights the beer's earthy flavors while the hops are smooth and piquant. A medium length aftertaste trails with fruit peels and earthen spice.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with good head and lace. A touch of funk and yeast plus a hint of candi sugar and tropical fruits. Smooth, easy to drink, delicious as mild funkiness with no sart/tart/horse blanket edge passes through and there's a touch of bubblegum yeast and light tropical fruits for a lighter, sweeter, saison. I don't know if I had this too cold (didn't seem that way) or an older version but I had this on tap and the hops are minimal and seem to just add a light crispness to beer.

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a ligthly hazy orange amber with a two finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, apple, light citrus, hints of hay and caramel. Flavor is husky grainy malt, hay, apple, pepper, grassy hops, hint of lemon. Finishes with pepper and grassy hops. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. The Hallertau hops blend well well with the grainy malt to create a great rustic feel to this farmhouse ale. Nice spicy body with light fruit notes, mosty a hay/dried field plant body, which seems perfect for the style. The Citra hops are not as clear in the flavor with only a light lemony flavor in the background. One of the few hopped versions of this style I've had, and although I think I like the unhopped ones a little better, I think the continental hops seem to fit this quite well. Another interesting, flavorful farmhouse style ale from Blackberry Farm. I'm impressed by this brewery.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur. Poured into a labeled stemmed tulip.

A traditional saison but with a hoppy bitter edge that lowered the overall rating for me. 3.75

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a three-finger off white head. 3.75
S - 3.75
T - More bitter than funk. 4
MF - dry, bitter, dry. 3.75

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Photo of babaracas
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed dark amber, rocky offwhite head settles in a minute to a half inch cap, rings of thick lace stick. Smell: peppery and mildly grassy, caramel, cereal grains, sharp citrus and unripe mango notes. Taste: dried papaya, orange, apricot jam; big peppery pop cuts through with mild spicy and grassy components following; sweet bready backdrop, with some sharp citrus rind and spicy and powdery notes in the finish. Pillowy feel, medium-plus bodied, oily and semi-sticky finish. Very well done and the best of the hop-forward saisons from BFB.

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 84 ratings