Review: COOP Raspberry Saison

COOP has opened up its brewery for tours on Saturdays (1-5 pm), and is unveiling a patio area with tables, horseshoes, and cornhole. Of course there is beer available. The full strength stuff is available for free, small sample pours, and they usually have something interesting and unique to try. Last time I went there was a Coconut Rye Wine that was outstanding. Also available are several 3.2% offerings for drinks or to take home, wrapped up in a crowler before your very eyes. I love the crowler, though the seals don’t seem to be perfect. I drank mine about 30 hours after purchase and it was a tad flat, though still carbonated. Drink ‘em quick, or bring your own growler!

Company: COOP Ale Works

Location: Brewed In Oklahoma City, OK

ABV: 3.2% ABW, 4.0% ABV

Style/Description: Fruited Saison

Price: $9 per crowler

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy beautiful pink ruby color. Light head and a light lace.

Nose: Tart raspberry and fruit, tropical and a light sour funk in the aroma.

Taste: The sweet raspberry flavor dominates, with moderate tartness. I get mostly the fruity berry flavors from the raspberry, and less of the puckering tartness of the fruit. Very light body and mild carbonation. Very refreshing and quaffable, tart and interesting without hitting you over the head with sourness.

Finish: Crisp finish, some fruity perfume esters linger on the palate.

Overall: Though COOP has rarely delved into the farmhouse styles in the past, I had high hopes for this one. I enjoy raspberry fruited beers, and this one did not disappoint. Along with Prairie Vous, this is one of the better of the 3.2 offerings I’ve had of late in the state. Definitely worth a trip to the brewery to pick up a crowler or two.

Rating: 4/5


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