Council Béatitude Blueberry Tart Saison
Brewed by: Council Brewing Co.
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Belgian
- Variation: Saison / Farmhouse, Tart
- Limited: Yes
- ABV: 3.8%
- IBU: <5
Notes: A member of Council Brewing Co’s “Béatitude Tart Saison” series.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Beatitude is the French word for bliss which is what we float away on whenever we enjoy this specially brewed beer. Although this Tart Saison is brewed in the historical Wallonian tradition of other low gravity, tart farmhouse ales, the magic happens when our house blend of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Saison yeast throw an out-of-this-world party in our fermenters. Aged on blueberries and bottled with precision and care – this yields a beer with a lacto forward nose, an intensely tart fruit flavor, a doughy complexity from our no-boil process, and takes the word “refreshing” to a whole new level.
Yeast: Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, and Lactobacillus
More Béatitude Blueberry Tart Saison Images
Artwork: Follows the Béatitude Tart Saison label template, with dark blue background.
Color: Bright violet to magenta.
Aroma: Musty and earthy, mildly sweet.
Arrived in: 750 ML Bottle
Served in: International Glass
Council Brewing Co. opened for business in 2014, and San Diego has gone absolutely nuts for them. Besides their small batch ultra-exclusive limited releases, the Béatitude series is the only beer Council bottles on a regular basis, and they sell fast.
We have seen pictures of fluorescent colored wild ales before, but never experienced one up close and personal until now. Béatitude Blueberry Tart Saison poured a beautiful bright, glowing violet or magenta color, with a quickly evaporating pastel pink head.
Béatitude Blueberry Tart Saison’s aroma was damp and musty with a mild sweetness, and not as much fruit or Belgian yeast funk came through as we expected. We could tell it was a fruit-aged beer from its hint of sweetness, but it was mostly earthy, probably from the blueberry skins.
This ale was so effervescent you could hear it snap, crackle, and pop in the tall glass. After most of the bubbles escaped, Béatitude went almost flat, which created a pillowy mouthfeel to the point you almost forgot you were drinking a beer. Either that, or its refreshing tart fruit flavor started to take over.
We can’t really say Béatitude was all blueberry flavor per-se, but the fruit definitely lent an overall “berry” profile. The fruit came through more like raspberries, which are tart like this ale. The berry fruit was up front, then tartness washed over for the finish.
Council’s Mango Tart Saison was almost too puckery, but this blueberry edition was more our speed — maybe a 6 on a scale of 10. Blueberries are mild, but we thought it could have used more intense berry-ness, and farmhouse funkiness. The beer was closer to a Berliner Weisse in that regard.
Béatitude Blueberry was an ideal choice for our never ending dog days of San Diego summer. Good thing for the low ABV, because Béatitude’s soft mouthfeel and refreshing tartness didn’t make us want to drink it any slower…
Final Score: 3.5/5
Council Brewing Co. Béatitude Blueberry Tart Saison was worth checking out for its glowing fluorescent body alone. Soft, amply tart, and crushable, this ale did in fact take “refreshing to a whole new level.” We look forward to drinking more in the series.