Black Raven Feral Saison

Black Raven Brewing Company
Redmond, WA, United States of America

Vital Statistics

Release: Limited Rotating
ABV: 6.7%
Bitterness: 30 IBU

From the brewer

The Feral saison is an experimental beer brewed to see what happens when you brew a beer with native WA wine yeast. This beer starts out as a four grain saison in the brewhouse. The wort is then racked into white wine barrels procured from Efeste Winery in Woodinville. At this point, Washington wild wine yeast provided by Efeste is pitched into the barrels. Primary fermentation is completed in a few weeks and the beer continues to age in the barrels for a short while longer. From there it racked to stainless and further matured.

Average Scores

Overall: 71 (logged 9 times)
Draft: 71 (logged 9 times)

Who's been drinking this

Very clean overall. It has this common beer taste I can't put a name on... wet hops, dank yeast, something?
Reading these logs, it seems like this beer is nothing like it used to be. But maybe that's just me. This time it wasn't much like my memory of Pour les Oiseaux - less vinous, less funky, but with a clean, slightly bitter finish. The flavor is basically very good, but there's also a prominent coriander mustiness to the flavor, which I think pulls it down a little. "Wet sock" comes to mind.
Labeled a hybrid beer. Crisp and clean body. Sour tail. Hard to find the cereal body beyond the wine taste making it.
I guess my palate has changed since because I like it a lot more today.
Virtually indistinguishable from the Pour les Oiseaux.
Hard to tell how this is different from the Pour les Oiseaux, at least in broad strokes. Still delicious, vinous and funky. Maybe it's turned down just a bit on the malt side and a little fruitier, but it's really quite similar (and just as good). Neither is very Belgian in spice profile.
Was ok but lacked the Belgian "oomph" I like in Saisons.