Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Saison is up and running!

Hey, what's that? Oh, it's the Saison I just put on tap, no big deal. Except for the fact that I'm damn impressed with myself (for sitting around and doing a whole lotta nothing!). But for reals, here goes: Fruits, like strawberries and fuji apples on the nose (maybe a bit of mango, never enough mango), tempered by a whiff of funk. You know, the funky kind of funk. Transition to a completely different taste, with wheat-bready flavors (despite the lack of wheat) and a bit more of that old-fashioned funk, almost blue cheese without the lactose part. Next throw in the slightest hint of oak. Take all that and finish with a tongue-drying bitterness; spicy, without being piney, earthy might be a better word. And here I thought the over-hopping had, it just shows itself on the latter end.

Oh, yeah, that bottle in the picture above. That's the same Saison that's in the glass, with a few exceptions: I fermented that one with more oak cubes and alongside locally grown cherries, with a Brett addition to finish it off. Only seven of those twelve-ounce bottles for that version, gotta use those sparingly!

On a side note, tried this little baby the other day. Shaddock IPA is Widmer's X-114 IPA brewed with grapefruit peels. Sounds awesome, right? Honestly, I'd rather have X-114, but this will do in a pinch. Very nice, tropical fruits on the nose and tongue, decently bitter, not insanely alcoholic (thank you, Widmer). Try it if you haven't, I think it's been out for a while now.


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