“Saison: Also known as ‘farmhouse ale’, is a Belgian style that was originally brewed during the cold months in order to last through summer. The flavor tends to focus on the earthy yeast and heavy spices, although fruit and tartness are common. Saisons are highly carbonated and tend to be dry. Typical alcohol content varies widely from 5-9%. The Beer Tutor”
“Bier de Garde and Saison: Pale Ales brewed in the Flanders area of Northern France and in Belgium during the Autumn and Winter and stored for Summer drinking (de Garde) or for drinking fresh (Saison/Season). Traditionally served to farm labourers in the field as “liquid bread”. Alex Barlow – All Beer Guide”
That’s all very well but there’s no better way to learn than by experience and tasting their wonderfulness. Light, hoppy, MASSIVELY refreshing and bursting with fruit and biscuit flavours, they are absolutely
perfect for the Summer months.
After discussing this on Twitter (where else) it seems pace was gathering in getting our Sais-On collectively in another tasting day. We’ve opted for Saturday 15th of September to try and avoid the Leeds International Beer Festival and Borefts later that month.
No suggested beer lists although I’ll list a few suggestions later for anyone that is totally new to the style, just grab some of your favourites and drink them, preferably with a few friends as beer always tastes better when shared with your buddies. Hopefully a few of the countries top bars will join in as usual and put a few specials on for your enjoyment, if yours isn’t one of them, ask why and tell them to get their fingers out.
As promised here’s a few suggestions to look out for, it’s by no means comprehensive and there are a few listed that may not even still be available, but ideas at least to get you started on your very own Saisonathon.
Nøgne ø Saison & India Saison
Dupont Moinette Biologique
Flying Dog Wildeman IPA, fermented with Saison yeast
Ilkley Siberia Rhubarb Saison
Red Willow “Faithless XIV
Summer Wine Brewery Lime and Coriander Saison
Grassroots/Tired Hands “Wachu Saison
Jandrain IV Saison
The Bruery Saison Rue
8 Wired Saison Sauvin
Dark Star Saison
Bristol Beer Factory Saison
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