Blackberry Farm Barrel Series 18 Month Brett Saison

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this brewery on some random podcasts, so I wanted to give them a shot. This was hanging out on the shelf of Cranbury Buy Rite, despite the brewery’s website saying they don’t distribute to New Jersey.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In keeping with the sense of place at Blackberry Farm, our brewery and processes are rooted in centuries old traditions. We are respectful of the time honored methods of making beer, while constantly pushing the boundaries to employ modern techniques to enhance the complexity of our releases. We create beers for a moment. Whether it is celebrating a special occasion, pairing with fine food, recreating, or just enjoying the day. The right beer is the perfect complement to marks life’s moments both big and small. Our bottled beers utilize a natural re-fermentation in the bottle, which produces a soft and pleasant carbonation. Every bottle that leaves our brewery has been conditioned in our temperature controlled cellar to ensure that you get the highest quality with each pour. Our can line is designed to feel youthful and bold. These beers are about recreating, connecting and enjoying an active lifestyle. Each can features label artwork from Southern artists who have a relationship with Blackberry Farm. The labels have their own unique personality, much like the beer.”

Random: I just spent way too much time on the brewery’s website. They have a votive candle for $98!

The beer poured without any head on top of a bright yellow body. The body was murky, but still had some visible carbonation to it. The nose started with a lot of Brett and funk, but went into red wine and a touch of vanilla. The taste was fruity up front. I picked up apricot and peach and it transitioned into funk. The oak came through next with some red wine and vanilla. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with red wine and oak. I picked up the bottle for $10.99, which came to $.87 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would pick it up again, despite the price.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0