Hot Take Beer Review: Blackberry Farm Brewery - New World Cuvee Dry Hop
Beer Name: New World Cuvee - Dry Hop
Brewery: Blackberry Farm Brewery
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Other Recommended Reviewed Beers: [TBD]
Inspired by classic Old World farmhouse ales, balanced by the bright character and nuances of New World hops, this golden dry-hopped saison features Wakatu, Equinox, and Comet hops.
Review Date: 1/2/17
Poured From: Bottle
Rating: 8/10 - “try-able”
Unfortunately my phone (camera) had died by this point in the night, hence the lack of picture, but luckily the fine people at Seven Monks Taproom in Traverse City Michigan had a pencil I could jot down notes with.
I have just recently been hearing things coming out of Blackberry Farm in Walland Tennessee. For those of you that are new to this name, Blackberry Farm is actually an all-inclusive resort in the hills and hollows (pronounced “hollers” for you yanks out there) of the foothills of the Smokey Mountains in Eastern Tennessee. Included in this all-inclusive resort is actually a world class brewery specializing in Saisons and Belgian style beers. So I was excited to see some beer had escaped the clutches of the resort and find itself at my table in a beer pub in Northern Michigan.
Hearing the words ‘Saison’ and ‘Farmhouse’ I’m sure brings into mind images of bold and tart beers loaded with yeasty banana flavors, at least it does for me. This beer has changed that perception.
The most gentle and subtle, yet wonderfully complicated Saison is coming out of this bottle. A fantastic hazy and vibrant golden color, with a great tart and fruity nose. Once you take some sips, the classic saison flavors you keep expecting, make themselves just present then fade. With a dry finish and a slight pepper lingering flavor.
The overall body of the beer are more of a stone fruit flavor profile as opposed to a tropical one. Plums and apricots and the main fruit flavors, all the while being held up by that Saison backbone of dry herbaceous flavor. A subtle yet full flavor profile beer. I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to try it, and this will lead me to try all other beers from Blackberry I can get my hands on, as I recommend you do the same, especially if you are into dry saisons. There were times when I thought that the beer was a little too dry and light, but I see what they were trying to do with it.
Try it! I know I can’t wait for my next bottle, honestly I looked up the price of a stay at the resort just to drink all their beer, it turns out that they don’t fuck around when it comes to staying at a “luxury” resort… one can dream though… some day...
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