Black Betty Blackberry Saison – Vancouver Island Brewery (BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: C

Black Betty Blackberry Saison – Vancouver Island Brewery, 6.3% ABV – 650ml., (BC, Canada)

on the front-right side label:

“When Black Betty (bam-a-lam), Hand picked island blackberries (bam-a-lam), Spicy Saison yeast (bam-a-lam)…Fresh local blackberries and fresh local beer go together like Hot Rods and Rock & Roll. We brewed this Blackberry Saison and the damn thing went wild. Dry, crisp, and complex, this beer will make you sing!”

  • Style: (Blackberry) Flavoured Saison
  • Taste: Crisp thin wheat light blackberry burpy
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours golden with a slightly reddish hue, a nice sizable lasting head, some lacing, a decent layer of foamy retention, tight clusters of fast activity.

Nose: Sour fruity blackberries/fieldberries with minor sour acidic funk (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp, cream-fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) wheat malts, lager sweetness, minor blackberry

Finish: coriander dry, yeasty, CO2 bloatedness, fruity metallic thin-bodied half-rough finish.

Summary: Not bad; it doesn’t scream saison nor blackberry, just somewhere in the middle. It lacks carry, body, and the finish ain’t so smooth.