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Classic Saison | Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Classic SaisonClassic Saison

Brewed by:
Blackberry Farm Brewery
Tennessee, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This medium bodied Saison pours with a voluminous head and releases bright notes of lemon and a crisp spicy hop aroma. Finishes clean and dry.

Added by dbrauneis on 06-19-2013

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic but approachable saison. Fruity somewhat sweet Belgian nose with peppery and herbal notes. Beautiful almost peach color. Flavor follows but finishes much dried than the nose fruity sweet aroma would suggest (how I like such beers). Great mouthfeel and great beer.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An exceptional saison. Fruity, banana, and cloves notes on the front and back, with a drying sweetness. Super complex but not domineering. This is one of the better American saisons out there. Get it if you can!

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Photo of sjccmd
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Peppery and spicy aroma. A touch of bubblegum. Pears, apples, chamomile. Spicy noble-like hops. Apple skins and a hint of tea. Juicy fruits, kumquats.

Pours yellow/gold with a white gushing foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

Juicy fruits upfront followed with peppery phenols. Crackery base malt. Bitter spicy hops. Lots of phenols. Somewhat bitter. Lemon rind, kumquats.

Medium light body with high carbonation. Bitterness is high and lingers somewhat.

Has a lot of authentic Belgian character but seems perhaps a bit too phenolic. Still pretty nice.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Huge white head on a bright orange hazy body. Smells of green apple, sweet dough, strong yeast lends banana. Flavor is much stronger banana. Very bready and doughy. Light lemon backdrop with a bitter, mineral finish. Highly carbonated, to its detriment. Detracts from its delicacy. Medium body. The finish is just a little bit intense. Otherwise it's really nice.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives hazy and honey colored, capped by an inch of foam; decent lacing action

Smell: Stone fruit and spice tones, with hints of apple, honey and banana

Taste; Cracker forward with a hint of honey; through the middle, fruit and spice tones build modestly; balanced and dry through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have had my eye on this line of beers for some time but this is the first time I have tried one; mighty impressed at the subtle flavors and balance

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


The beer has a very nice appearance and is pretty appealing. The beer, at first, pours a very vigorous head that takes a while to dissipate. Consecutive pourings give a vigorous, white, and fluffy head that takes a while to dissipate and still leaves some nice white bubbles on the top. The beer itself is a clear pale gold that is very nice looking to where it’s pretty good and makes me want to drink it.

The smell is absolutely wonderful and one of the better smelling saisons that I’ve come across. The smell is kind of a nice sweet bread yeast note mingling with a nice light orange earthy hop note. The notes are fairly simple but create a very nice smell.

The taste is also pretty good. The taste still has that same yeast note but the bitter orange rind hop note is stronger and is a bit more bitter.

The feel is good and different for the style. Although, it is a bit heavy for a medium bodied beer. The carbonation is fairly light and tingling, which is pretty good.

Overall, a very delicious and good saison. It has a fantastic smell and taste with how simple it is. Go for it.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent enough beer but not as lively in carbon dioxide and taste as I'd like, decent but nothing stellar as I was expecting, dry and earthy and definite saison qualities

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Photo of ajm5108
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an appropriate pale hay color, vigorous head but underwhelming retention. Aroma is what you'd expect from the style - mild pepper spice, hints of lemon citrus & straw - which is fine for what it is. Definitely lots of Belgian yeast on the tongue - almost like a Belgian IPA - with clove spice & bread notes. Some lemon & orange peek their head in briefly, as does a wet hop note, but they are a tad too muted to add much to the overall profile. It has good carbonation but finishes a bit heavy with lingering bread maltiness, which was dissapointing. Overall a good beer but very pedestrian.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first one of these I have had the pleasure of enjoying on tap. This is fantastic stuff, obviously a little less inventive and unique than the summer or the fall versions, which were stunning, but of equal quality and definitely among the gold standards of not wild saison made in the United States. Golden without much haze, over an inch of white lace head, and a lot of visible carbonation. No wild yeast here, but an earthy wet Belgian type, notes of straw and haw, dried flowers, many different bready cereal malts, and a slight white wine tang. Dry for one, very lively on the carbonation too, but it's also real distinct on the grain. Maybe rye with the wheat and barley, but even something lesser known like a spelt would not surprise me here, it's fresh baked and earthy, mellow too. On the one hand, it's rather complex with all that's going on, but on the other hand it's clean and easy drinking, rustic but simple, very old world, classic in many ways with a mild hoppy finish too. Infinitely drinkable and enjoyable, I love these guys!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured out pale yellow, with a cloudy body, and a large head that was over three fingers thick. The aroma was floral, spicy, and yeasty. The taste was delicate, with flavors of lemon, white pepper, grapes, orange peel, and coriander. The body was creamy in feel, and very light on the tongue due to the heavy carbonation. The finish was very dry. This was a very good, authentic tasting Saison.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, golden straw color with an enormous bubbly white head that refuses to go away.

Tons of Belgian yeast on the nose. Very grassy as well, with notes of lemon and bread not far behind. Just a faint hint of cracked pepper on the back end.

The taste follows the nose with plenty of yeast. There's also a good amount of clove and lemon zest, followed by some notes of freshly baked bread. Finishes with a decent amount of peppery spice which lingers long after each sip.

The mouth is medium bodied with tons of carbonation. Crisp, yet very creamy and soft. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall, I'm very impressed with this beer. It's complex, and hits all the notes you expect in a good saison. Very well crafted and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of stortore
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a mostly clear, bright yellow with some agitation, a huge head on a gentle pour, lots of foamy lacing. Smell is Belgian yeast, light malt, straw, some funk, lemon, black pepper, spices, a little white grapes when warm. Terrific aroma. The taste also leads with the Belgian yeast and light malt, a light sweetness, crackers, lemon, some bitterness up front. Has both an earthiness and general spiciness. Smooth, fairly dry, very refreshing, definitely well carbonated.

Really is a great representation of a classic saison, and it's a really good one. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed by all the hype around this beer, but still totally enjoyable. This tastes a bit like a Belgian blonde, with hints of banana, white peppercorn, bready yeasty funk, and a nicely balanced malt presence. Gives itself a bit too much head, and it doesn't rely blow me away, but there's nothing about it I don't like and it's a goodie for fans of the style.

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Photo of babaracas
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with billowing but fast-fading and fizzy white head with a few streaks of lace on the glass. Smell: floral, mildly peppery, a little lemon and honey, big doughy back. Taste: white grape, lemon peel, snappy grain, peppery, peach skin. Medium bodied, big aggressive carbonation, finishes fast and finishes very dry. The carbonation is excessive and rushes prematurely to the finish (which is dry, good), otherwise this is a pretty flavorful saison.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle served at around 50 degrees into a goblet.

Blackberry Farms' Classic Saison is pale straw yellow with just a slight bit of haze. The head is thick and white but doesn't have very good retention. It settles quickly with no lacing.

Aroma is a heavenly blend of Belgian yeast, faint citrus, and floral notes.

Flavor is light on the malts and hops which allows the yeast to shine. Some funky farmhouse character, lemon, pepper, and grass all come through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. It's balanced, drinkable, and very enjoyable.

Overall one of the best American saisons out there. A little more expensive than my go to saison from Funkwerks but also on a higher level.

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Photo of Buck89
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy yellow straw color with a fluffy white head. Good retention. Nose with white bread, lemon, and black pepper. Complex taste full of sourdough bread, lemon pepper, coriander, and lime. Peppery and dry finish. Just awesome.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"This medium bodied Saison pours with a voluminous head and releases bright notes of lemon and a crisp spicy hop aroma. Finishes clean and dry." -From the notes above. And that sums it up almost perfectly.
It' reminded me very much of a classic Belgian white ale.

I'd add is that there was a lot of sediment settling in the second glass poured from the bottle, so rolling the bottle between your palms on it's side before opening is probably a good idea.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale, seethru golden body with well carbonated two-finger head that died slow and left fluffy lace patches. Bits of barnyard funk pick up in the nose along with a hint sourness and touches of yeast, sweet malts and spices. A sweeter than usual saison as yeast gives off bubblegum-like sweetness and this allows the medium-bodied beer to smoothly pass; the sweetness seems to derive not only from yeast but also seems to come from possible candi sugar and/or caramel malts and these aspects drive other flavors into background. Possible tropical fruit like sweetness with a mild, bitter and crispy hop presence and minimal funk keep beer from being too sweet and beer finishes easy and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from cork and cage bottle into tulip glass. It opens like a champagne bottle, fairly exploding, and pours a hazy golden straw color with an enormous, foamy, snow-white head that looks like gelato, and extensive lacing. To pour a full glass, I had to pour it several times and wait for the head to dissipate. It smells of yeast, lemon peel, and spicy hops. The taste features lots of lemon, Belgian yeast, and really nice, balanced spices. It is tart, crisp, and finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness. This ale is fairly light in body, and really well-carbonated. With a moderate ABV of 6%, it is easy to drink. Overall, this is a well-crafted and delightful Saison, ideal for sipping outdoors a lovely Spring day.

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Photo of denver10
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a long lasting fizzy white head, thanks the continual bubbles/effervescence going on in the beer. Aroma is wonderfully yeasty, offering some clove, pepper, lemon, and a touch of gum, with some graininess from the malt, and some spicy noble hops. Flavor follows suit. A touch sweeter than I expected if I were to be super critical. A thinner, very active mouthfeel that finishes nice and desirably dry. Overall, fantastic stuff here. My intro to Blackberry Farm and it is a definite good one. A really good one. Everything I love about this style is here, looking forward to trying more from these guys.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden straw color with large, dense well sustained head. Not very aromatic but a definite citrus note. Very lively and effervescent. Notes of lemon and a well balanced sweetness/bitterness.

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Photo of Nanothaniel
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice golden color, awesome head, funky yeast discoloration from bottle conditioning, awesome!
Smell: Restrained funkiness, the perfect mix of approachable and confusing
Taste: Restrained funk, perfect introduction to craft beer in my opinion
Feel: Nicely effervescent with decent body. I hate giving flattering reviews but this beer really scored on all fronts.
Overall: This beer was complex but inviting, if I wanted to introduce someone into the world of craft beer who had previously only been exposed to adjunct lager this might be my first pick. This brew brings complex flavor that's still accessible to the novice drinker.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: Hazy golden with a frothy off-white head that lingered. Lots of billowy lacing.

S: Lemons, barnyard funk, honey, bready malts and pepper.

T: Follows nose with a Belgian yeast overtone. Spices and funk with a peppery finish. So damn drinkable. My wife kept asking for a refill, so it must be good.

M: Medium with creamy, frothy medium carbonation.

O: Truly a "classic" saison. Find it. Savor it. Winner!

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Photo of Budinetz
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft at the Frothy Monkey in Nashville.

Nice golden color with a plethora of white, pillowy foam that lingers for quite a while. Has some nice bready malts and a nice yeast characteristic. Smells a little funky but nothing like a Saison DuPont. Way more mild and more approachable for someone who has never had a true saison before. I would highly recommend this gateway beer!


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Photo of Todd
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Rustic, Spicy, Bready, Yeasty

Pours a hazed straw pale color with a massive, creamy head. Carbonation is over-the-top, but in a good way. Soft herbal aromatics with yeast and dough. Crisp, super creamy and lively on the palate. Herbal sweetness, smacks of lemon and honey suggestions with bready, spicy and peppery notes. Hint of banana skins with a bone-dry finish that lingers a bit, this beer is earthy, slightly tannic and full of yeast complexities that urge you to take another sip. Drinks rustic and authentic. I really dig this Classic Saison.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #109 (February 2016).

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Classic Saison from Blackberry Farm Brewery
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