Blood Orange Saison

Colorado
United States
Upslope Beer Blood Orange Saison
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Blood oranges and Mandarina Bavaria hops seamlessly complement one another in this saison, providing aromatic notes of citrus and bright, juicy flavors. The addition of pink peppercorns amplifies the spicy notes imparted by the saison yeast while balancing the beer’s natural sweetness and dry finish.

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
25
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A large, almost-white, fluffy head of tiny bubbles fades to a finger of head on top of a slightly hazy, light gold liquid. The aroma brings both orange character as well as a complex array of grainy bread crust, light floral, and bubblegum with moderate wet hay saison funkiness. The first taste shows some funky and earthy barnyard notes, some leather, slight mushroom, and a light tartness – all good traits for a saison. The orange comes through nicely in the flavor and complements the farm-like notes, and lasts into the very dry finish. Although light in color, this standard-strength saison is medium in body and has high carbonation with moderate alcohol warmth (just shy of hot). This brew is well made and the orange works perfectly – this would be a nice beer with a big Cobb salad with a citrusy oil and vinegar dressing.