Mini Review – 903 Brewers Farmhouse Saison Ale With Raspberries

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:

Day 021 – Birthday Sasquatch

8Beer Stats

  • Brewery – 903 Brewers in Sherman, TX
  • Beer Name – Birthday Sasquatch
  • Served in an Olde Hickory pint glass
  • Style – Milk Stout
  • ABV – 10.3%
  • IBU – N/A
  • Untappd score –  4.351 (72 ratings)

Beer Notes

Lakewood Brewing’s Temptress and it’s many variants are probably the best stouts to come out of a DFW brewery.  903’s Sasquatch and variants are not far off though.  I’ve previously tried the base Sasquatch and the barrel aged version, which were quite good. This may be the best yet.  The first thing that struck me was the smell.  Opening the growler was like opening a package of chocolate frosting.  It tastes like a chocolate cake was dropped into their stout.  There is a strong fudge flavor with some bitterness.  That bitterness lingers on for a bit too long, but not so much to change my opinion much.  It sounds like they are releasing a barrel aged version of this beer at some point, and I hope I’ll have the chance to try that one as well.

Other Thoughts

Nate Silver’s website Five Thirty Eight posted a chat yesterday where they looked at these first 3 weeks of the Trump presidency in an attempt to figure out which events are actually significant and which are just background noise.  Two things happened today which almost certainly significant.

First, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway almost certainly broke the law by conducting an interview in an official capacity and basically acted as an advertiser for Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.  The Office of Congressional ethics has been asked to review this situation by House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz.  This is the first indication that Mr. Chaffetz isn’t just going to turn a blind eye to the abuse of power by this administration.

Second, Trump’s Muslim ban suffered another loss when the 9th district court of appeals unanimously refused to reinstate it.  Trump responded by respectfully accepting the ruling of the court.

Just kidding: