VIB Black Betty Blackberry Saison

black-betty-bottle-mock-smWhen I heard this beer was making the rounds for summer, I knew I had to get some. Call it a weakness, but I find that when it comes to beer, there are two things brewers don’t do nearly enough. Blackberries and sour cherries! So on the odd occasion when a beer comes along that combines malted barley goodness with my favorite fruit, I gotta jump on it!

And the combination is quite a good idea. Saison is a variety of beer that is not only associated with summer drinking and quite refreshing, it is also quite popular with craft brewers these days. So it was wildly appropriate that Vancouver Island Brewery chose to combine a seasonal summer berry with a seasonally appropriate saison to create this seasonal beer. You ever hear a word so many times that it lost all meaning?

However, I found the end result a little light for my taste. In addition to the yeast being not very noticeable, the fruit flavor was quite mild as well. What I was hoping for was a tart, berry explosion followed by a spicy yeast finish. Instead, I got a mild but refreshing beer that while pleasing, was kind of underwhelming.

Appearance: Light amber, clear, light foam retention and good carbonation
Nose: Light tartness, discernible fruit, mild yeasts
Taste: Immediate hints of blackberry, light tart kick, saison-style yeast
Aftertaste: Lingering yeast and berry flavor, very light
Overall: 7.75/10

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