The Blackberry Farms Winter Saison 2016 was a surprising beer that I had the pleasure to taste right before Thanksgiving. What I found surprising with this beer was how in many ways it coverresembled a Dunkelweizen with a blatant exhibition of light and dark wheat and yeast that developed into a complex dark and dried fruit and, yet, how soft it felt on the palate..

Out of the bottle, a hazy almost opaque dark brown color glowed with hints of ruby and sienna playing a visual fantasy through the abundant effervescence. A medium creamy one-finger head toped off a beautifully laced tulip glass.

Aromas of roasted dark fruit, hints of caramel, toffee and cocoa presented a mesmerizing and somewhat whimsical accent to the espresso and earthy tones exhibited on the nose.

The flavors of dark fruit, plums, dates, and figs laced with surprising hints of cocoa and dark chocolate while molasses and an unsuspected floral note of lilac and lavender played with roasted nuts and exotic spice nuances. A hint of nutmeg finished this intuitive American interpretation of a classic Saison for the palate.

Blackberry Farm brewery in Walland, TN, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains, is a destination brewery situated just a short drive south of Knoxville and southwest from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. With a vast array of specialty brews and some classic, year-round craft offerings, Blackberry Farm produces consistent beer with a shocking representation of this beautiful area of the country while harking back to the old world German and Belgian styles which inspire their creations.

Seasonal – Winter

Style – Saison / Farmhouse Ale

ABV – 6.3%

IBU – 26

Review Written by Shawn Klumpjan
Owner – DeVineGuy Concierge