Mini Review – 903 Brewers Farmhouse Saison Ale With Raspberries

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Less than a week since I enjoyed another raspberry beer (the excellent True Love from Martin House… more on that soon) I decided to give this one from 903 brewers a try. Besides being brewed with raspberries, this farmhouse saison was also aged in pinot noir barrels.  Given how little I’ve enjoyed beers aged in red wine barrels in the past, you would think I would avoid this.  But I liked the Martin House beer River Horse, which was aged in cabernet barrels, so I thought maybe I was coming around.  I’ve also really enjoyed the last couple beers I’ve had from 903 (Birthday Sasquatch, Wonderland of Milk and Honey) so they’ve been on a roll in my opinion.

When I opened this one up, the raspberry aroma struck me immediately followed by a hint of vinegar.  The beer poured with a pink head that faded away to a thin lace after a minute or so.  The beer itself practially glows a reddish pink color.  On first sip, I honestly wasn’t sure what to think because it caught me by surprise.  I was expecting a pretty strong raspberry flavor, and there is some raspberry there, but there is also a counter punch from the wine barrel. At first these flavors seemed to clash, but they became more enjoyable as I got into my second glass.  Carbonation was light, and there was a very slight tartness to the beer.  The finish was a bit dry and this one isn’t very sweet at all.

So even now I’m not sure what to think.  It was one of the more difficult beers I’ve tried o rate on Untappd.  I’d say, if you want something a bit different, give this one a try.  If you don’t want a beer that maybe spent a little bit too much time in the pinot noir barrels (and is pretty funky), I’d stay away.

The label art is awesome:

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