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Surette Provision Saison

Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
34 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This is not your typical farmhouse ale; a distinct Brettanomyces citrusy aroma and prevalent sourness sets this saison apart from typical examples. With extended oak aging among numerous microflorae, the wild character is evident upon the first whiff. Aromas of orange zest and restrained leather and hay from Brettanomyces are evident with a background of herbal hops featuring peach and pear esters. Appears golden in color with a large creamy white foam stand with Belgian lace, but with a hazy appearance that doesn’t detract; beers fermented with wild microflorae are best aged without filtering. The flavor, once again, shines with citrusy orange Brettanomyces and an assertive sourness with the malt, hops, and peppery phenolics taking a backseat to the Brett and tartness. Finishing dry and tart with a solid carbonic bite, this saison is quite refreshing -- making it perfect for a hot summer day.