Brewed in the Farmhouse Saison tradition, we brought in authentic Saison yeast for this pale French/Belgian-style beer – a rare appearance at Town Hall. Saison, meaning, “season” in French is a broadly defined pale ale that in modern versions is generally around 7% abv, highly carbonated, fruity, spicy - sometimes from the addition of spices. As a beer style it originated from beers brewed during the cooler and less active months in farmhouses in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, and then stored for drinking by the farm workers during the summer months.
Styrian Goldings hops grace the hop flavor/aroma stage, as well as a healthy dose of Grains of Paradise – an exotic African pepper with adds spiciness as well as citrus and bubble gum aroma. The malt is composed of German floor-malted Pilsner malt, Vienna malt, Malted Rye, wheat malt, and a dash of Acidulated malt to add crispness and dryness. Rye tends to add a crisp, dry, breadiness to beers, and is well-suited to refreshing Saisons. It is not uncommon to find rye or oats in Saison recipes. You may notice a slight haze from this unfiltered beer.
You’ll find this beer to be fruity, spicy, with a dry finish. Another fine beer for the patio!
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of nice bready, biscuity notes into a nice herbal, grassy, slight funky note with a nice spice, slight earth, touch of stone fruits. Taste was a mix of grass, bread, stone fruits into a bit of biscuit, slight vanilla into a bit of spice, yeast, finishing dry.
portableparty (2067) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Town Hall. Pours pale gold with a quick little white soapy head that rests to a thin film and collar. Aroma has bread and yeast with a nice citrus farmhouse scent. Taste is all of the above with a nice pepper rye finish. Palate is thin and drying.
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