Bière de Coupage
Reviewed by Jez on 04.01.21 from a can
65 / 100
330ml can purchased as part of the 2020 Carwyn Cellars Canvent Calendar. It's a young saison matured on blueberry & basil.

Pours a pleasant melon-orange tinged pink, quite like a rose in many ways, with a fine ring of very pale pink that leaves some insubstantial streaky lace. Body is light, with fine carbonation. It actually looks quite sophisticated and refined.

Nose is pleasant. It has a general organic but acidic wild note to it, bringing in crisp barrel ferment notes and vinous acidity, along with a pleasant herbal character. Definitely there's basil to it—but it comes along with husky, hairy mint and an undertone of clipped, loamy grass.

Taste is also quite bright and clean, but there's a strange fruit sweetness that rises in the centre of the palate. It seems oddly disconnected from the acidity—almost becoming a note like vanilla or soft-serve ice-cream. The finish has pleasant notes of aromatic herbs. I'm not convinced the blueberry note, which I think does connect too strongly with the more unwelcome sweetness, is that good an addition.

I'd be very interested to see this same beer without the blueberry. I think the basil is an excellent and interesting addition to what's otherwise a very pleasant wild ale. The blueberry though, despite the addition of acidity, gives too much fruit, and I think is to the detriment to the beer overall. It's still a very interesting brew, with certainly a good deal of potential.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | drinkability: 3.5