Beer Type: Saison ABV: 5.2% IBUs: 23 Tried on draught.
Their Description: “We dosed a saison with 40lbs of fresh blackberries. The berries add a nice refreshing tartness to compliment the spice flavor from the saison. Perfect for the spring time.”
The Reality: This beer is unfiltered and has the scent of fresh berries. The flavor of blackberries is very subtle and mild, but there is a fairly strong bitterness I didn’t expect, almost like citrus pith more than berries. I’m not sure the bitterness is from the hops, but it is almost an IPA level, which really surprised me. This beer drinks light and does have some background spice notes, as mentioned. The finish is crisp and the slightly bitter-tart aftertaste vanishes quickly.
Final Verdict: This beer surprised me on several levels. First off, the blackberries are more prominent in the smell than the taste, as I was expecting a bit more flavor from them. Secondly, this beer is much more bitter than I anticipated, and I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why. Also, I tried 5 different beers from this brewery on the same day, and this was my least favorite. The thing I liked about Banger Brewing is that their beers were so well-balanced with great layers of flavor, but I didn’t find that as much with this offering. It’s not a bad beer, it just didn’t stand out like the others. The blackberries in this beer acted very similarly to Boos in Super Mario World,…you know they’re there, but they don’t want you to know they’re there.