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Spring Saison

June, 2016

Spring Saison

Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

This Saison is brewed with flavors and spices frequently associated with Belgian witbiers such as orange peel, coriander and grains of paradise. This example pours a nearly crystal clear and straw yellow color with a persistent, frothy, bright white head indicative of the higher carbonation that's commonly seen in this style. The aroma is lightly phenolic and spicy. Citrus and lightly sweet pilsner malt aromas mix with black pepper, somewhat earthy and musty hops and herbal, Earl Grey tea-like notes. Following the lead of the aroma, a complex flavor profile emerges from the first sip with a peppery spiciness, somewhat bitter citrus reminiscent of orange zest and a minty, herbal finish. There is a slight malty sweetness in the background that comes out more as the beer warms, but spices and yeast-derived phenols dominate this beer. Although a very light-bodied and dry beer, the elevated carbonation level increases the perceived mouthfeel and leads to a tingly finish with a bit of carbonic bite. A nice, bright, refreshing beer to enjoy as the days grow longer.