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Drygate & North Brewing Co. Raspberry Saison

Rating: 3.15

A second beer from Drygate in quick succession that makes this one not only my tenth beer from the brewery but also my first collaboration from them as well. The beer is one that was only just released in the last week or so, having been brewed in collaboration with North Brewing Co. of Leeds, England and it’s one that I managed to try last weekend, a mere couple of days after its initial release. As I’ve probably mentioned numerous times before when reviewing beers here, I’m not usually the biggest fan of saison offerings but the fact that this one was a raspberry saison and quite a low alcohol beer seemed to get me interested when I spotted it on the Drygate tap list on my recent visit, it also being a new beer from the brewery didn’t hurt either though given Drygate don’t have quite as prolific an output as the likes of Brewdog seem to. Anyway, here’s what I thought of the beer when I tried it recently.

Drygate & North Brewing Co. Raspberry Saison

Appearance (3/5): A slightly off-amber colour with the odd raspberry tinge coming through as well as faint orange, this one was topped with a thin head that was foamy and white whilst just about managing to cover the surface of the beer too but it was definitely on the small side of things.
Aroma (5/10): Not as pronounced as I’d expect from a fruity saison, in fact it was quite weak but there was some citrus and raspberry notes coming through in the early going; they could definitely have been stronger though. They were accompanied by some pale malts and orange notes as well as a few summer berries, mainly the raspberries you would expect but also some strawberries too. In truth the beer was too light on the nose which gave it a weak and disappointing feel.
Taste (7/10): The taste started off a touch stronger than the nose and it was quite sweet too with some raspberries coming through alongside the various other berries from the nose and sitting on top of a citrus base that made the beer seem quite tangy too. I got some fresh, grassy hops and a touch of bread along with the pale malts from the nose and a touch of yeast towards the end of the beer. It still wasn’t the most pronounced taste going but it was certainly a step up from the nose at least.
Palate (4/5): Fresh and quite fruity with a nice, tangy base from the citrus and a pleasant sweetness coming through from the fruits as well. The raspberries added a hint of sourness and overall the beer was quite smooth, sitting on top of a medium body and coming through with a faint bit of spice and some dryness at the end.

Overall (11/20): This one was definitely a slow starter and the nose in particular was a real source of disappointment but thankfully things started to pick up a little come the taste thanks to the combination of sweet fruits, citrus tang and sourness from the berries that seemed to balance out nicely. It was definitely a fresh offering and it proved easy enough to drink, probably due to the low alcohol content but it was far from being a strong enough beer and didn’t seem like a saison at times. An interesting beer but not the best and probably not one that I’d have again either I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Drygate, Glasgow, Scotland
Brewery: Drygate Brewery
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Abv: 3.8%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Drygate Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.00

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  1. May 28, 2017 at 20:43

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