Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Tap at Mondial 2010. This is kind of a pseudo saison, as they appear to have just used their regular canadian/belgian yeast that you can get from Wyeast. Seems like not a typical dupont, blaugies, or thiriez yeast. Pours a nice light clear golden yellow with a nice lasting pure white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is initially doughy wheat notes with doughy yeast, mineral, and light sulfur from being so fresh, then the typical very spicy flowery and grassy unibroue yeast takes over in a mostly good way - the malt is laid back, light doughy pils and a medium bracing cracker and toast note- also some lemon zest. Flavor is light cracker and good pale malt backbone, with a slightly cleaner less yeasty doughiness, but still lots of spicy phenolics from the yeast, almost gets that lavender and peppery kick from the yeast without using outside spices, lemon pepper, flowery, almost a fruity mineral character like raspberry seed, and a lightly tart and fairly dry finish. This was an enjoyable Belgian blond/saison style. if you like their yeast this one is one of the most straightforward beers they have now to showcase it. I just hope the last homebrew Belgian I made with their yeast tastes this good or better. I kinda liked it overall.