Archive for the category “Saison”

Mad Meg – Jester King Brewing

9.6% ABV
Purchased at Taylor’s Market ($12.99/25.4 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.

His Notes:

This “farmhouse provision ale” from Austin, Texas-based Jester King pours a murky tangerine with a billowy ivory head and an understated nose of banana, bubblegum, guava, and Belgian funk.  Its first swallow is a crisp mouthful, combining the snap of rustic spices with the fruity effervescence of champagne, along with enough dusky farmhouse bite to keep your interest on the long alcohol finish.  Mad Meg is an unusual and not entirely successful brew, with an atypically hefty ABV for a “traditional” saison, but it manages to be simultaneously aggressive and approachable.

  3.5 Toasts

Her Notes:

  3.5 Toasts

Biere du Soleil – Brasserie d’Achouffe

6.3% ABV
Purchased at Pangaea ($7.50/10 oz. pour) and served in tulip glasses.

His Notes:

This “summer seasonal” from the venerated Belgian Brasserie d’Achouffe pours a hazy cantaloupe orange with a minimal bone-white head and a nose of citrus zest, hay, and fermented grapes.  There is more citrus bitterness on the palette, but the edges are rounded out by softer fruit flavors like melon, peach, kumquat, and orange, with a welcome background of farmhouse funk.  Biere Soleil isn’t a particularly challenging brew, but it’s certainly tasty, refreshing, and fairly complex for the style.  It’s a very pleasant warm weather saison, with very little of the icky mouth-coating sensation I often associate with citrus-forward summer beers.


  4 Toasts

Her Notes:

  4.5 Toasts

Autumn Farmhouse Pale 2011 (Almanac Beer)

7 % ABV, 29 IBUs
Purchased at Taylor’s Market ($16.99/25.4 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.

His Notes:

Brewed with pesticide-free plums from the Central Valley, Almanac’s Autumn Farmhouse Pale pours pale honey gold with a fluffy white head.  The utterly appetizing nose blends Belgian yeast and barnyard funk with orchard fruits, including plums that smell like they’re bursting out of their skin.  There is a little more spiciness than expected on the tongue, but it’s backed up beautifully by bittersweet plum and citrus rind flavors.  Although there are fewer of the farmhouse/saison qualities than the nose would suggest, this beer is fruity and refreshing from first sip to last, and the addition of unrefined wheat lends it a distinctly summer-y feel.

  4 Toasts

Her Notes:

4.5 Toasts


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