Beer Profile: Blackberry Farm’s Black Saison

Profiled by Ken Carman

pgaprofilewinter-saisonNose: Saison spiciness and hint of phenolics. Some orange, moderate pepper, Taste: roasted wheat. Some slight debittered dark malt sense.

This really is a “dark Saison,” and a damn good one.

Head was deep tan, even somewhat brown: reminded me of a malt shake. Foam, and lots of it with big bubbles too. Long lasting. Light side of medium body with light, but obvious carbonation. Slightest spicy bitter.

Silky on the palate, with a firm sense of bitter towards the back of the mouth. Very fresh tasting.

Pepper is really in taste rather than nose, as per 2015 guidelines. A very worthy quaff.

4.2

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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kYes, to the left is a drawing of Ken Carman, done by bored demons. They did a HELL of a job, eh?