Council Béatitude Three Berry Tart Saison

Reviewed by on July 13, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Council Brewing Company

  • Origin: San Diego, CA, US

  • Rated On: July 13, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

San Diego’s Council Brewing produces a number of variants under their ‘Béatitude’ line (a fancy word that means ‘bliss’), which are generally fruited-up tart ‘n wild Saisons.  This one is rather self-explanatory, with at least three different fruits presented for our general amusement.

This 750ml bottle pours a mostly clear, dark magenta amber colour, with one flabby finger of puffy, very loosely foamy, and rather fizzy dirty white head, which leaves very little in the way of lace around the glass as it eventually fades away.

It smells of musty mixed dark berry fruit (duh! – ok, some blackberry, wild raspberry, and plum), funky white Italian cheese, thankfully ephemeral Brett astringencies, understated pale grainy malt, some plain earthy yeastiness, a touch of wet tobacco leaf, and a strange untethered spiciness. The taste is thinly grainy and gritty pale and wheaten malt, muddled funky and straight-up estery yeasty notes, laid-back raspberry, blueberry, and cherry fruit, a twinge of hard water flintiness, and a suggestion of generic citrus-tinged vinegar.  The carbonation is quite active in its roundabout and pervasive frothiness, the body a decent enough medium weight, and pretty much smooth, neither the various beasties, nor the innocuous fruit really appearing to be a cause for harm here. It finishes off-dry, the yeast-tinged black berry fruitiness really the only lingering story of the day.

Overall, this is a fairly enjoyable, complex and fruity version of the style, the mixture of berry inputs doing well to represent, especially given the pleasantly timid Brett and other yeasty characters’ lack of real involvement here. Easy to drink, and worthy of a go, especially if the egregious sticker price doesn’t put you off as much as it does this scribe.

Brady White



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