Tempest Saison Du Pomme Fresh Gooseberry

Formerly brewed at Tempest Brewing Co
Style: Saison
Tweedbank, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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.

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Mortlach (2532) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 3, 2015
On tap @Mad for Beer (Rome). Pours golden, a bit unclear, with a big and persistent white head. Aroma of yeasts, esters, grapes, peach, apple juice, very interesting. Flavour is complex and rich, balanced, fruity sweetness, crisp and tasty, light sourness in the end. Medium to high body, medium carbonation. A personal and original version of Christmas saison. There’s something that reminds me the Avec les Bons Voeux.

Cokemonkey11 (1123) - - NOV 29, 2015
330ml brown bottle, cork and cask. Pours medium golden amber with a thick white head subsiding average. Scent is medium sour and light pale malt. Nice medium body. Taste is medium cola and light toffees. Finish is clean and nice. Excellent.

themightyjag (635) - - 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.

teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - 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

Stuu666 (15248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2014
Keg at holyrood 9a. Pours cloudy orange, aroma and taste are fruity, bitter, yeasty.

mR_fr0g (14028) - 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.

Leighton (22821) - 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.

madmitch76 (26435) - , 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.

minutemat (6252) - 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.

Christos (5909) - 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.

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