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Tempest Saison Du Pomme Fresh Gooseberry

Brewed by Tempest Brew Co
Style: Saison
Tweedbank, Scotland
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Keg and bottled, special
Introducing our new beer Saison du Pomme. This guy has been on the radar for a while, but as usual trying to squeeze more juice out of our brewery is never easy and faced with a busy summer of production the brewplan got delayed a little. It was the fantastic July weather and the juicy Scottish fruit which we were enjoying that became the inspiration for this summer harvest Borders ale.
The chosen yeast strain from Belgium’s legendary Brasserie Dupont, was cultured in house and then fermented at elevated temperatures in the traditional style for our recently brewed Farmhouse ale. The aromatic yeast was then harvested and introduced into a high gravity saison, partially fermented with fresh gooseberries from Kelso’s Rutherford farm and apple juice from our friends at Thistly Cross Cider shed. Champagne yeast was then introduced to finish the fermentation under pressure over a period of two weeks, where the fermenting carbon dioxide was captured and packaged up into 500ml bottle and keg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
themightyjag (292) - - NOV 27, 2015
330ml bottle from Tempest stall at Waverley station. Small bubbly white head, decent lacing. Hazy golden amber body. Nose is apple, hedgerows, yeast, banana. Flavour is apple, gooseberry, straw, more apple on the finish. Aftertaste is dry and slightly tart, hints of sourness. Light carbonation, crisp clean mouthfeel. Great saison, stupidly easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (4721) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Backlog rating. 50cl bottle at the Chriso’s May tasting, London. It pours a clean golden color with a small white head. Aroma is crispy and yeasty, lightly citric and salty, with notes of gooseberries, funk, citrus peel, pepper. Taste is yeasty and tangy/citric, with more notes of spicy yeasts, citrus peel, gooseberries, seaweed, esters, green apples. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, definitely tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2014
Keg at holyrood 9a. Pours cloudy orange, aroma and taste are fruity, bitter, yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (6513) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle shared at Chrisso’s May 2014 tasting 25/05/2014. Thanks to Leighton for this one. Golden yellow / straw coloured pour with a lasting white head. Aroma is spicy lemon zest, earthy straw. Flavour is orange peel, straw, earthy, slight stale. Palate is quite sweet, highish carbonation. Too Sweet for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (15326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso’s May 2014 tasting - London. Pours clear yellow with a white cream head. Nice aroma, slightly wheaty, with melon and passionfruit accents. Light-medium sweet flavor with white grape, mellow lemony tang, straw, wheat. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with sugary wheat, further white grape, some salty notes. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (19648) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2014
25th May 2014
Tasting at the ever gracious ChrisO’s. Lightly hazy gold beer, bubbly white head. Light palate, airy and dry with fine carbonation. Light floral bitterness. Little gooseberry tang. Touch of generic fruits. Dry seltzer. Dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (2911) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
500ml bottle @ Chriso May 14 tasting. Pours hazy gold, spicy sweet fruity aroma, nice and creamy saison texture, Belgian yeast, complex fruity taste with gooseberries & apple core without deserting a solid saison character. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (3712) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2014
Bottle 500 ml, thanks to Lonick for this one! Poured into a tulip, ABV 8% Pours a golden yellow beer, slight hazy, with a tall white head, thick and with good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass. Aroma is very yeasty, peachy. Taste has floral notes, malts, light yeast, dry white wine, I don’t get the gooseberries but that’s because I never had any, I do get some apple juice. Quite complex taste actually. Medium thin body, high carbonation. Overall very good, real thirst-quencher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2014
bottle from ‘trade’ with cgarvieuk shared with Eric. So the mountain came to Mohamed-thin offwhite-hazy gold. A-lt malt, yeast, berry. T-lt malt-bready, yeasty, berry/apple, grassy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle... Pours hazy and golden with a small, fizzy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is of spicy, fruity farmhouse yeast esters and phenols - pear, apricot and clove - with a hint of apple and a smidge of breadiness. Medium to full-bodied and lightly creamy with pillow-soft carbonation. The flavor is a spicy, fruity blend of Belgian phenols and esters - moderately sweet spiced-apples, light clove, mild acidity and a trace of bitterness. Finishes crisp, lightly bitter and spicy. Reminiscent of a ramped-up Saison Dupont. Big KUDOS to cgarvieuk via jcwattsrugger for the opportunity to try this unexported Scottish-brewed saison!

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