Blackberry Farm Brewery Barrel Series Brett Saison (2017) – Saison at 7.5% ABV

Blackberry Farm Brewery Brett Saison Saison at 7.5% ABV (C$14.99 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 375 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 27-May-2019, reviewed 24-Jun-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with one fat finger of loose fluffy white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: vinous white grape, stone fruit, field berries, dry hay. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, mild funk, light bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, lively carbonation, off-dry crisp mildly tart and funky warming finish. (4/5)

Despite the extended time in the bottle, I found the Brett to be quite restrained here, both in terms of the body (the head doesn’t blow up like Brett often does) and the funk, which is present but quite mild. I’ll voice my perennial complaint about the ABV being too high for a truly traditional Saison: yes, I could easily drink five litres of this in the run of a farm day, but my ploughed furrows might not be very straight! All in all, though, pleasant and lively, and quite refreshing. (16/20)

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