I’m sitting outside (finally) drinking a petite saison that I kegged just under two weeks ago that has barely matured to the point of being decent and wondering what we should post for WFF. How about a saison. One of my favorite saisons came from Bent River Brewery near my home town in Moline, IL. They didn’t have much on the website and I couldn’t find any public domain images to post so a general post on saison beers will do.
Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ales that were traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there’s been a massive revival; especially in the US. It is a very complex style; many are very fruity in the aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness. Lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.
Like I mentioned Bent River makes a good saison (if you can find them in the grocery check out the Jalapeño Pepper Ale and Uncommon Stout to, damn good) but there are a ton of good saisons. Some of the more commercially available ones are from Ommegang, Bells and Hoegaarden. Or if you can find a saison with Brett, it adds a subtle sour and is probably one of my top three beers right now.