Fruit Stand - Blackberry
Casey Brewing & Blending

Fruit Stand - BlackberryFruit Stand - Blackberry
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #86
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,788
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 6.32%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
150
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Colorado, United States
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beergoot from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was of a light reddish-orange color with a somewhat thin yet lasting head. The aroma combined sweet blackberry with a touch of barnyard funk. A nice blend of blackberry sweetness and tartness wita very pleasant sourness soothed the taste buds. Medium body; sharp and tart.

This taste came from a bottle shared by a neighbor. This was a welcome and very tasty, nicely balanced sour.

May 30, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Franfab for this
750 ml bottle, bottles 5/1/19, poured into a flute

A- A hazy red with purple tint and two finger pink head.

S- Tart, blackberries, funky, oak, apples, some tannins, some cherries.

T- Sour, blackberries, funky, some oak, apples, nice tannins, some lemon, very well balanced.

M- Smooth, dry, light body.

O- A great fruited tart saison/wild ale. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

Nov 03, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dujayhawk for sending this one! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into an El Catador teku glass. Consumed 11/7/16.

A: Purplish and/or reddish brown with a mild haze. A good amount of visible carbonation and a thin off-white head that fades away fairly quickly.

S: Funk – Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces, and I think some Pediococcus - feet, barnyard, mild cheese. Tart acids. Oak tannins seem vinous and dry. Underripe acidic berries and lactic tartness. Very nice.

T: Big tart blackberries up front. Lacto funk - feet and basement. Lactic acid tartness, and dried out with oak tannins. Slight cracker malt sweetness in the middle, then snowed under with more tart and funk. A lingering dry acidic berry after the swallow.

M: A light body, with carbonation sensation on the low side and no alcohol presence to speak of.

O: Really enjoyable. It drinks more like an AWA than a saison - acidic, and more Lacto funk than barnyard or earthy funk. But a nice fruit and oak balance as well. I really need to get some more stuff from these guys.

Aug 16, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a light reddish-purplish color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like sweet and jammy blackberry, with a light soft acidity, grape, oak, and wine.

This is a perfect representation of Blackberry, as there's a nice balance between sweet and sour, but the base beer and all it's attendant funk are there. I get a lot of citrusy lemon brett goodness, too, with some light wine and oakiness as well.

This is light bodied, clean and super refreshing, with a good level of carbonation and a high level of drinkability.

Casey makes just about the best fruited sours in the country at this point. This is wonderful.

Nov 05, 2018
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

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

I thought this was probably the best fruit stand I have had to date. It didn't have the traditional rubber smell that many others have and I felt like the blackberry was very present but subtle at the same time.

Jul 12, 2016
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Leftofthedial from California

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/27/16. Appearance is between red and burnt orange with a moderate head. Big yeast and citrusy tart saison smell. Earthy and acidic. Not much blackberry, but this is just a solid saison. A little creamy on the mouthfeel. Maybe a little more sour than ideal.

Jun 18, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork and caged bottle dated 6/24/2015. Served in a Casey stemmed glass.

Pours a hazy, somewhat opaque reddish-pink body, two finger white head with nice frothy effervescence and lacing. Not quite dark reddish, but not bright red either. Smells of a moderate tart blackberry presence, a bit of lactic acid, must, a bit of blackberry/grape sweetness as well. Flavour is a really nice blackberry fruit flavour, which is also moderately tart with a bit of a bretty lemon/citrus kick. Lactic acid, almost grape-like mustiness. Mild crackery sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated, refreshingly tart finish. An overall very tasty fruited saison, lots of blackberry with the house mineral flavours. Its not a huge blackberry fruit bomb, but it doesn't need to be.

Mar 26, 2016
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frasergrove from California

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice light pink, moderate haze and a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is light and tart, good clean funkiness and a hint of berry. Flavor is almost nonexistent...super dry, light acidity, next to no berry flavor. Strangely (or maybe not so much)...the past two Fruit Stands (this and Merlot) I have had were massive disappointments.

Feb 06, 2016
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - awesome rich blackberry/red color with 1/2" head forming
S - getting a lot of juice box flavor here, I guess that is probably intended. not bad. Get pomegranate and red berry notes.
T - Oh damn this is good, awesome carbonation, tons of blackberry coming through and it mellows out the initial citrus taste.
F - nice and dry, clean finish and would be perfect on a warm summer day.
O - a damn good beer, awesome example of full fruit flavor in a beer.

Nov 16, 2015
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AndyEdgar from Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Way way way too dry. Not sure what they were going for here, but the fruit was basically nonexistent and the sourness along with the over attenuation just made this hard to choke down.

Oct 19, 2015
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $21.99 dated 6/2015. Pink color, the head lasted about twenty seconds. Aroma was odd, sort of like cereal. Flavor was fruity, sort of delicate almost, not really sour to my taste, pretty good. This was a nice enough beer but overpriced. I still have three or four more Casey bottles to drink through but I'm sort of surprised people are driving so far and geeking so hard for these beers.

Oct 03, 2015
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polopaul20 from Maryland

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From August 2015 release. Pours bright purple/pink color with minimal head. Smells like sour, with a hint of berries or fruit. Touch of lemon as well. Perfectly carbonated, well balanced beer. Another success from Casey. Fruit stands seem to keep improving with each release.

Sep 28, 2015
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NHbeerguy from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the June release

Look is awesome. Ruby red with a minimal redish head. Head disappears quickly and leaves a small ring around the edge. Smell is some nice fruit, some sour and slight funk. Taste is a little letdown. Some nice fruit and funk but also some slight watery flavor. Feel is the bubbly crisp feel with a dry finish. Overall a really good beer. Blackberries I feel are tough to showcase in a beer.

Sep 04, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750mL bottle into an oversized tulip glass.

Glowing ruby red, like raspberry or plum skin, the body of this beer is beauty personified. Tiny carbonation bubbles endlessly surge upwards to the light and sudsy but still compact and resilient head. Lace is an understatement here, as this is film-like in it's thickness and in how it sits over the body and the sides of the glass. This is about as perfect as a beer can look. 5

Tart lemons and accompanying acidity greet my nose, with blackberry a step behind and in a lighter fashion.Then again, some of that initial tartness does smell of berries, so maybe the fruit is emanating more than I let on. Some yeast notes are perceivable, giving off chalk, flowers and a polite funk. I'm liking this nose. 4.5

Berry flavors are there but restrained right out of the gate, followed by lemon-y tartness. As it warms, a slight smoothie quality---- I'm thinking lacto/yogurt--- develops. 4

Very light feeling and refreshing with a lip-puckering tartness and a dry finish. It's got a touch of vinous quality towards the finish but front and mid-palate there's a soda-like carbonation and lightness. That finish is crazy dry. It does feel a bit thin in body at times. 4

Plenty to like about this beer. Very nice berry flavor although I feel it could use even more. Ditto the body, which could be a tad thicker and with it offer even the slightest of sweetness/vanilla.

Aug 30, 2015
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good stuff, but not as good as Nocturn, though I guess Cut Blackberry would be better compared to that.

So these are just the Saison with fruit added. Second one I've had and I just prefer the Saison more. Fruit Stand just seems to cover up the complexities that Saison has.

Nice blackberry, not too jammy though. It's by no means a clean fruited beer, but just not as complex as the Saison.

Aug 19, 2015
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MLDucky from Texas

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

From the August 2015 release. Blackberries are a difficult fruit to really get the fruit to shine without and over abundance of sweetness, I'm glad this beer was not sweet. The blackberry was subtle but definitely was allowed to shine through. I felt this was more robust in nature and full bodied than the Cherry and didn't have the same amount of funk. Great easy drinker and noob friendly in terms of a sour. Well done Mr. Casey.

Aug 15, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 10/29/2014.

Appearance - Hazy grapefruit pink body. Medium white head and a medium collar.

Smell - Grainy. Oak. Light blackberry aroma, but distinctly blackberry. Some citrus, too.

Taste - Lightly tart. A little citrusy. Blackberry lends a pleasant, but light flavor. Grain and oak in the finish. Tart, grapefruit-like finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Light body. Mild tartness.

Overall - Very nice, but I know how good Casey's saisons should be. This just seems to mask the true quality of the saison with a mild fruit flavor that doesn't really improve on the beer.

May 19, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

one thing about the fruit stand beers, im not sure they all have the same base. i know it would be logical to assume they do, but they all seem so different, aside from just the fruit, this one for example, is much more robust and sturdy than the extremely delicate peach version, more malt character, more weight on the palate. anyway, this might be the least impressive (read original) of the ones i have had in this series. it has a gorgeous purple color and a head stained pink with the fruit juice. the nose is puckery before sweet, and i think the fruit is very authentic, real, like actual blackberries. the thing is though, its really minor, where the grape and the peach were so forward with the fruit, this one it takes a back seat to the souring cultures. in the flavor the fruit is real, very good and ripe and fresh obviously, but its again more in the background. blackberry is one of the harder fruits to get to show up in flavor without it being sweet, and this does a really nice job of finding that balance, and the beer really is pretty dry, but unlike the others he does, when i compare this to the best blackberry wild ales out there, its not at the top of the heap. its not far off either, dont get me wrong, this is amazing, but it lacks that intensity i like in a fruited wild ale.

Jan 24, 2015
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Devman171 from Maryland

4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, pours clear pink with fizzy white head. Aroma is light oak and barrel funk with some sweet berriers. Taste is drya and tart with some sweet berry funk, couldnt tell it was blackberry, awesome beer.

Jan 23, 2015
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Ohsaycanyoubeer from Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Bottle @ Casey. Purple pour. Great aroma of funk, fruit, lemon, and oak. Wonderful body that finishes tart and dry. Really great stuff. I would hope it will age well like the Saison and get a bit more of the lacto sourness I really enjoy.

Dec 25, 2014
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost ruby red color with a small compact pink tinged head that settles leaving small strings of lacing on the sides of glass.


Aroma is fruity cherry, boysenberry, a little black raspberry, leathery Brett funk, and evident barrel characteristics.


Taste follows the nose with the cherry pit, boysenberry, and maybe a hint of blackberry skin. Some drying oak tannins and grassy/earthy brettanomyces phenols help round things out. The beer has complexity but like with most fruit sours it's hard to pick up on all the subtleties.


Mouthfeel is great and if anything it's lighter than the Shiro Plum I just had. This not also feels a bit dryer than the plum. But again, great carbonation for coming from the barrels.


Overall I'm enjoying this a bit more than the Shiro. Body is a bit lighter and the taste a bit less muddled. Reminds me of a cross between a SARA beer and JK beer. Has a nice fruity yeasty component found in SARA beers but also a bit of that JK salinity.

Nov 05, 2014
Fruit Stand - Blackberry from Casey Brewing & Blending
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 150 ratings