Classic Saison
Blackberry Farm Brewery

Classic SaisonClassic Saison
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #230
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,328
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.09%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
341
From:
Blackberry Farm Brewery
 
Tennessee, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  19
Gots
  66
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Classic SaisonClassic Saison
Notes: A classic Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale brewed with floor-malted barley and wheat and noble hops
Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 341 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of phloral_pattern
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can (labeled Classic Belgian-Style Ale) into a pint glass.
Appearance : Pale, transparent gold with a frothy head. Head dissipated fairly quickly
Smell : Sour, acidic, tangy, slightly citrusy
Taste : Aggressive flavor that comes on quickly. Slightly bitter with of tones of resin. Soapy aftertaste
Mouthfeel : Light, crisp, fizzy
Overall : Full-bodied flavor for a light beer

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Photo of Reef
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can dated 8/14/19

Clear gold hue, two fingers head, persistent, full curtain and cap
Pear, lemon, noble hop aromas
Apple, pear, pepper, clove, grass flavors
Dry, medium body. Lasting carbonation.
Well done, as all the BFB beers that I have tried. May be my best local saison option.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Currently #23 in the Top Tennessee Beers list.

CAN: 12 fl oz pull-tab with a white label purchased as a single at Martin Wine Cellar in New Orleans, LA for $2.89 USD plus tax. "Classic Belgian-Style Ale" per the can (though the label confirms it's a saison...I guess they rebranded it when they started canning). 6.3% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Cloudy golden body. Fluffy white head of excellent retention (~10 minutes). I see no yeast/lees within.

Looks true to the style. Certainly inviting.

AROMA: Subtle fruity esters from Belgian ale yeast...pear, nectar, lemon, apple. Grassy Noble hop aromatics. Dry crackery malts. Grains. Clove, peppercorn spice. Attenuation seems ideal.

A very dead-on aroma for an American stab at a saison...seems traditional and true to the style to say the least. I'm eager to try it.

Worth noting there's no brettanomyces funkiness or tartness or anything.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Not as intricate or subtle in execution as the aroma suggested, but still very competent for an American-brewed Belgian-style saison. Faint pear esters, clove, peppercorn, spicy yeast flavours, dry crackery malts, grassy Noble hop flavours...these flavours are all here, but they just don't come together into a cohesive organic gestalt whole like the best Belgian brewed saison style beers do. The esters are a bit flat...subdued instead of subtle. The dry malt backbone (pale and pils) is apt but is too emphasized in the finish.

This should be more yeast-driven instead of malt and hop driven. Lacks the delicate yeast profile that guides the best saison style beers I've tried.

No brettanomyces is present, but it's not "that kind" of saison if you know what I mean.

Dry yet kind of refreshing. Smooth. Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated.

OVERALL: I'd sooner drink Boulevard, Ommegang, or Prairie's efforts in the category over this, and while it's one of the better executions of the style I've had from an American brewery lately, it's far from top tier compared to traditional expressions of the style as well as those farmhouse ales from the aforementioned breweries.

It's very much a classic saison and in that sense the brewers succeeded, but at $3 a can (i.e. $18 a sixer) it leaves a lot to be desired (not that pricing affects my rating). Very competent fare, but not extraordinary.

High B- (3.46) / WORTHY

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Photo of johnreggie
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nearly perfect traditional example of a classic Belgian Saison. I could not ask for anything more. Smooth pear flavor, high carbonation with sticky lacing, mild sweetness, slightly thin mouthfeel. DuPont class of this style, but from Tennessee!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light copper and lightly hazy in complexion with a fingernail of off white covering nearly all of the top. The aroma is of sweet pale Belgian malt and a hint of spicy and earthy saison yeast. I’m tasting a very dialed in saison with very balanced sweet light Belgian malt and just a hint of spicy, earthy saison yeast. The mouth is dry, crisp, and very refreshing.

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

Poured a hazy straw color with a good sized foamy head and some lacing. Classic Saison is a great name for this because it has all the classic smells and flavors a Saison should have. Really good

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Photo of Apellonious
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured in separate segments into a tulip glass, a slightly hazy golden orange with a carb release into a multi finger white head that moves quickly to a thin layer of lace. Aroma is lemon, peppery spices and Belgian yeast. The taste is predominately pale. Slight malt and lemon zest with some dirt. The mouthfeel is medium, carbonation medium high and a touch sharp at times. A good Saison worth giving a try.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. No bottling date information found. Caged and corked bottle.
Cloudy, straw colored body. Fizzy foam forms a half finger white cap that actually has some longevity. Rising bubbles feed the higher ring. Leaves behind some scattered spots of lacing.
Brighter aroma of lemon, spicy hops, and dry yeast.
Taste has lemon highlights, along with spicy hops and dry yeast. Has an earthy flavor towards the end. Quite dry.
Medium plus mouth feel, solid body texture.
Tasty and substantial; this one is perfect for the workers who drink Saison during lunch or after work. The dryness works to entice another sip.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Buck89 for this brew.

12 oz. Can

Poured into a tulip a very nice hazy golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, hoppy, with some nice banana, clove, wheaty, licorice. The taste is malty, yeasty, hoppy, with a pretty nice banana, clove, wheaty, some licorice. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try this one. Thanks John!

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Photo of stercomm
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at Beer Temple while visiting my son in Chicago. Big frothy, white head, hazy yellowish gold in color. On the mister pick up classic esters and a hint of grass. Mouthfeel is a blend of tartness with just a touch of sweet, medium carbonation. Taste is some grass with citrus and an earthiness on the finish, still get a very slight tartness very dry on the finish. Very refreshing, classic farmhouse as the name states.

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

This was a very pleasant surprise. At the local watering hole I had a choice between Son of Baptist and this on tap. I chose Son of Baptist but picked up a bomber of this for tonight, a warm summer evening that screamed for a Farmhouse Ale.

Poured into a DFH tulip produced a huge white fluffy head over a lemon yellow body. Smell was of a tart grassy slightly citrusy notes. Taste mirrored the smell but with an earthy foundation that made the overt lack of a wine character easier to take. Mouthfeel was superb. I can't imagine a more suitable beer for tonight.

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Photo of Chris5554
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The more often I drink this, the more I appreciate it. Flavorful (citrus) but not too flavorful. Fizzy and incredibly refreshing. Hazy, not too bitter. It’s not something you could chug down or something you really want to sip, it’s more like something you take a big gulp of and think “wow, that’s good...” and then maybe another shortly following.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sold by the recommendation of Beer Temple staff as the American rendition of the DuPont classic, he still may be right.

Initially tasty, almost great. But not suitable for brunch. Too hoppy. While hops need to balance the malts, the herbs need to complement the food herbs. Not so at a low-herb brunch.

Pairing aside....nice head on this, but otherwise below average Looks. Murky.
Getting nice citrus notes; probably brought out by the yeast. Tastes initially are complex and lip-smacking from the lemon. But too quickly the hops dry out the mouth before salivation builds momentum. Bone dry finish.

OA: the recommendation may still be right. Funny that I did not get warned about the price... worth it once. But still looking for a value like DuPont.

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

First had at Stock & Barrel, Knoxville, Tennessee, on draft into 10-oz. tulip. Classic Saison is my first beer from Blackberry Farms, and lives up to the name and reputation.

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

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a bright semi-transparent yellow color with a somewhat sturdy finger's worth of white foamy head. Nice and slow dissipation presented a moderate concave lace roaming here and there around the glass.
The aroma blends a nice white wine vinous sour to sweet character over top of some sweet lemon, green apple and pear. Grassy and hay-like hoppy notes meddle in closer to the end.
The flavor took the prior aromas sweetly with an eloquent sour vinous feature that slyly moved over the grassy and hay-like hoppy notes. A touch of earthy spice slid in underneath. Nice aftertaste of the lemon, green apple, pear, grassiness and earthy spice.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under. Carbonation felt fine, almost felt close to being just a touch over, but I did my best to try to control this in my glass. ABV did feel on par.
Overall, pretty darn nice as a saison bringing in the spices to control the vinous sweet and sour character. I'd have this again.

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Photo of wmartin
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer from BBF! Looks gorgeous in the teku glass poured from a 750ml bottle. Color is clear, light yellow with a hint of orange. Gets a strong white head upon pouring. Bouquet and taste are closely aligned with the Belgian Yeasty flavor most forward, followed by a panoply of botanticals and some bitterness. Perhaps a degree more bitter than others of this style, which seems to elevate it in deliciousness. Pepper, subtle citrus, wheaty flavors, and so on. Nothing is anywhere near over-powering, and it oozes drinkability. Would seem to pair well with just about any food, and in my book ought to replace wine on the table at big meals.

Folks at BBF see this as their personal favorite of the beers they make, and I can see why.

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Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at the Hilton Head Island Whole Foods this past Sunday for $14.99. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head with the initial pour.

Nose is crackers, pepper, and hints of lemon.

Taste follows the nose. Classic saison in the true sense with the pepper and lemon notes shining through beautifully on top of pale malt base.

Mouthfeel is heavier than hoped but smooth.

Overall except for the mouthfeel this brewer has nailed the style stone cold! I enjoyed the indulgence!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours with a light, soapy, 1 to 2 finger head, and a clear, straw gold to amber body
S: mostly spice, with some traces of hay
T: bready malt, and a spciy hop character with a hint of lemon, honestly the label describes this beer pretty well
M: dry...yeah dry, with a subtle tartness
O: a credit to the style, well done

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this at Odettes in Florence, AL. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with fizzy white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had floral notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was medium in body with big carbonation. Overall it was a great saison.

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Photo of jlindros
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to rudzud

Big pillowy fluffy head fades slowly, hazy golden color

Nose nice Brett funk, fruity funk, earthy farmhouse Brett, with tart fruit, nice fruity saison tree fruit esters, sour mash, acidity, little lemony, cheesy funk, sweet malt, grass spicy hop

Taste mild sweet malt, big honey and honey malt, nice toasted grainy Belgian malt, like pure Belgian saison base, caramel sweet notes, some nice Brett funk, farmhouse funk, lemony grassy, fruity tree fruit esters and peppery spices, mild acidity, bright funk and grassy hops, dry finish.

Mouth is med bod, bright effervescent carb, little acidity but not flemmy.

Overall awesome, right on point, great funk, great base Belgian saison, great esters phenols, some grassy floral hop, honey, very nice, perfectly executed.

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Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice slightly hazy golden hue with a nice two finger head that fades to leave a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of light apples and lemon, nice saison funk, good lightly spicy hops, nice esters, hops and yeast bring nice fruit aromas.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of honey up front, the fruit is pleasant but nicely subdued, the saison year is nice, light funk. Very clean with nice grain and malts.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, bubbly, fluffy, bright, crisp.

O - Overall this was a very good representation of the style. Really wonderful honey and saison notes with the right amount of carbonation. Well done.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of cavedave
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Buck89 for another tasty Tenn. treat.

Pours a clear dark gold with a quick to flee finger of white foam.

Aroma is a blend of bready, tart, and sweet fruity/berry yeast notes, with some lighter perfumey floral. It is a simple, medium strength bouquet.

Taste is quite a bit different than expected. It starts with some bready tart yeast notes, much less sweet and fruity than in the nose, that picks up some black pepper and clove. This combines with some righteous earthy drying notes and citrus pith to end things.

High carb., med. viscosity, light/med. body, decent finish, fairly clean flavor profile, perhaps a bit of resin buildup is a minor ding.

A decent saison that has a killer aroma and somewhat of a letdown in the taste department. Could be I am spoiled by the quality of saison I drink in my day to day. Recommended, but not highly.

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Photo of brunsojw
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While this isn't my favorite Saison, it is certainly up there and a go-to for summer days in Tennessee.

Very crisp and hints of lemon and grass. The smell is one of my favorite parts.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a large white head on top. Has a fruity citrus smell to it. Can taste hints of lemon and sour apples and some kind of spices.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head.
S: Mostly the spicy, peperry aromas come through.
T: Spicy and peppery with a refreshing dose of lemon.
M: Light bodied, medium carbonation.
O: This is a pretty good beer, that I definitely think is worth a try. I'm not a huge fan of spicy tastes, but I did enjoy this beer.

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Classic Saison from Blackberry Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 341 ratings