Classic Saison
Blackberry Farm Brewery

Classic SaisonClassic Saison
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #241
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,871
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.09%
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
354
From:
Blackberry Farm Brewery
 
Tennessee, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  23
Gots
  68
SCORE
91
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Classic SaisonClassic Saison
Notes: A classic Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale brewed with floor-malted barley and wheat and noble hops
Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 354 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DefenCorps from Oregon

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

Bottle from Apex. Not sure how old this is, but Mike this is for you.

The first pour is a crystal clear straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is a beautiful floral, spicy, fruity saison base, a blend of snappy, spicy notes, moderately peppery, along with a marvelous fruity note, a blend of bananas, jasmine and light rose notes. Dried hibiscus, Astounding nose. The palate opens crisp with a riot of flavor, a blend of clean, bright fruitiness, banana, melons and a little orange to go with the rather raw yeasty flavors. There's phenols, spices, just a riot of flavor but relatively reserved, coming in waves, allowing the spices to mingle with the banana, the melon with the phenols. Beautiful balance, beautiful integration, though a hair sweet? Highly and creamy carbonated, with spicy and a fruity finish. Quite excellent.

Oct 31, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 4/22/20

Pours a translucent lemon gold body, quaintly effervescent and topped with two fingers of soapy, white foam; decent head retention yields a slight, chunky cap and lightly frothy collar alongside a moderate spread of webby lacing.

Aroma is equal parts bubblegum yeast and zesty, herbal hops leaving the first impressions; bubblegum tones prevail, leaning into lemony wafer, dried herbs, banana, clove, and hints of cracked pepper further deepening in the background.

Taste opens with grainy cloves accented with hints of bubblegum and mushy banana before neutral, earthy hops over the mid-palate bring wisps of pear and apple; an increasingly mild yeast profile leads to a finish fading fast and becoming slightly watery by the swallow.

Mouthfeel features a light body lifted by an ample, puffy carbonation decompressing fairly quickly along the palate and evening nicely to a soft, steady grit; mild and crisp by the back end, the texture verges on powder-dry into the close.

A simple, refreshing saison that has its moments, and while the hops aren't completely without merit here, they end up hindering the profile more than they contribute, leaving the yeasty tones to never quite peak. Straightforward and quenching, though you might be disappointed if you look much deeper.

Sep 04, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

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

A- 12oz can pours into a tulip glass. The body of the beer is a cloudy golden yellow and the cap rises up to about three fingers high with great retention. The head has a thick, foamy texture and lacing sticks on the glass with massive sheets coating half of the glass.

S- Yeasty aroma that is spicy, fruity and very bready with contributions from the grains coming through as well. Belgian yeast spice opens things up for coriander, pepper, citrus peel, vanilla sweets, whole wheat bread and pear/estery pale fruit notes.

T- Very much yeast spice driven flavor profile on the palate as it hits you right away with a strong yeast presence that is spicy and fruity with intense phenolics and some fruity esters. Mostly dry but a hint of residual sweetness and pale malts. Peppercorn and bitter zest are strong alongside notes of pear, apple, pale grapes, earthy and spicy hops and yeast bread.

MF- Very puffy and thick foamy texture to what is a light overall body. The carbonation is extremely high and effervescent in nature and the beer finishes with a spicy bitterness.

In a yeast driven style this beer brings plenty of that action. Crisp, dry and very spicy flavor profile with fruit and hop notes in there as well.

Mar 29, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-golden-amber can pour with a fluffy foam cap and rich, saison-yeast aroma. The flavor is semi-sweet with estery notes and a mellow, woody, malt base. The finish is appropriately dry. This is a tasty Belgian-style saison.

Mar 19, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

Blackberry Farm Brewery "Classic Belgian-Style Ale"
12 fl. oz. can without production codes or freshness dating
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Hazy gold body beneath a tall head of white foam. Excellent head retention and lacing.
Smell: Fruity with notes of orchard fruits. Mildly grainy, and lightly spicy, grassy and herbal.
Taste: Surprisingly fruity from the Belgian yeast, and a little spicy as well. Floral and softly herbal hops with just a hint of lemon. Gently sweet and grainy malt base is balanced by a medium firm bitterness that leads to a dry finish.
Feel: Medium-light in body and initially crisp but then smoother once it warms a bit.
Overall: An excellent example of the Belgian saison style.
Review #6,968

Feb 27, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

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

An easy pour from a 12-oz. can makes a finger sized soapy white head with long retention and sticky broken rings of lace. Hazy yellow gold color, translucent and almost cloudy.

Funky lawn mower bag grassy smell with spicy clove and citrus-both sweet and sour greet the nose. Pitted fruits, unripe apple and wet horse in the background. Floral and herbal hops rise as the funk subsides to wet ground.

Semi-dry with moderate bitterness, the taste differs from the smell in that the funk and citrus are subdued as biscuit-like malt rises. Multiple fruit flavors and some fresh bread dough are added along with toasted multi-grain bread and wheat.
The finish is long as it dries while bitterness rises to above average, the aftertaste lingers with hops, spice and grass.

Medium light body, soft abundant carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, dare I say session-able. Smooth drinker with plenty of tastes. Matches style guidelines except for the bold hops, it's made in the USA so no points off.

Feb 24, 2020
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phloral_pattern from Georgia

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

Dec 25, 2019
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Reef from South Carolina

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.

Nov 03, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

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

Oct 18, 2019
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johnreggie from New York

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!

Sep 15, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Aug 03, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

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

May 17, 2019
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Apellonious from North Carolina

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.

Apr 28, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Feb 07, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

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!

Dec 05, 2018
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stercomm from Ohio

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.

Nov 03, 2018
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CaptainHate from Ohio

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.

Aug 05, 2018
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Chris5554 from Massachusetts

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.

May 23, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

Apr 29, 2018
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had at Stock & Barrel, Knoxville, Tennessee, on draft into 10-oz. tulip, and have had since it became known simply as Classic poured from corked-and-caged 25.4-oz. bomber into Teku 3.0.

Classic (Saison) is my first beer from Blackberry Farm, and although in appearance it is rather American lager-like, the aroma is nicely fruity, spicy and even funky, over mild malt, with melon fruit and hop spice dominating the taste, so that it lives up to the name and reputation.

Apr 10, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Feb 18, 2018
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wmartin from North Carolina

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.

Dec 17, 2017
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arizcards from North Carolina

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!

Jun 21, 2017
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

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

Jun 04, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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.

Jun 01, 2017
Classic Saison from Blackberry Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 354 ratings