Council Brewing Co. Béatitude Three Berry Tart Saison – Saison at 4.5% ABV | <2 IBU

Council Brewing Co. Béatitude Three Berry Tart Saison Saison at 4.5% ABV | <2 IBU (C$19.99 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 750 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 1-Jul-2016, reviewed 26-Nov-2016)

Appearance: clear ruby red with a short, short-lived fizzy light pink head, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: doughy yeast, tart berry, horseblankety funk, lemon, light oak. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high tart. (8/10) Medium-light body, lively carbonation, crisp lightly tart and funky finish. (4/5)

Better than the Raspberry version (the addition of blueberry and blackberry seems to make the aromas both more robust, and more complex) but just slightly inferior to the Mosaic. Again, though, I find myself disagreeing vehemently with their yeast choice. Perhaps it’s exacerbated by their no-boil methodology, but for me the bread dough character overshadows nearly everything else. Actually, in my opinion this thing shines in the finish, precisely because the pleasant tart and funk linger after the bread dough character dissipates. It really does have a lovely tart and funky flavour, and I’d love to see it done with a more neutral yeast, for example a French champagne/saison yeast. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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