Nadia Kali

Colorado
United States
Great Divide beer Nadia Kali Saison
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Nadia Kali is an inspired saison with cross-cultural influence. Nadia’s ruby pink glow comes from a generous infusion of hibiscus, while ginger root gives it a subtle spice and hint of woodsy maturity, and lemon peel adds a citrus tartness to keep you on your toes. Full of complexity and intrigue, this unfiltered beauty will show you just how deceiving looks can be...

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ABV: 
6.3%
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This is a fun and well-made fruit beer; I'm just not certain that hibiscus and saison play well together. Having said that, I'd have been happy to drink a full pint of this, particularly on a warm day!

The beer pours an attractive, rust-colored hue with a wispy, bright white head. The aroma reflects the typical Saison fruity complexity (orange, apricot, cherry) but with additional spice notes of clove and white pepper. It's hard to put a finger on the hibiscus with that much background action, and, in fact, the only thing that jumps out is an interesting beet-like note (which I imagine is what's left when the other hibiscus flavors are co-opted by the yeast and any spice additions).

The flavor is sweet and fruity with a moderate peppery spice note to balance, along with a crackery malt background. The citrus flavors are pretty intense, to the point that this almost seems like one of those "fruit juice added" beers. The finish is semi-dry, which is consistent with traditional examples (but could definitely benefit from a drier finish).  

It's an interesting take on a popular style, and it gets enough things right to be a good summer beer.