Posted by The Beerded Lady on:
As Spring approaches, the time has come for a beer that can be contemplated in the warm afternoon sun. The Saison—a style created to refresh farm laborers in French-speaking areas of Belgium—is well-suited to the task. The aromas of freshly mown grass arise from your glass as if the Belgian countryside itself had somehow been captured and bottled up.
Saisons are typically a cloudy golden color with bright, citrus, slightly hoppy favors well-balanced with a moderate ABV (5-8%). Some (especially those made in America) will be spiced with additional citrus, coriander, or pepper in an attempt to imitate the bouquet that naturally emerges from a Belgian farmhouse ale. The Saison is becoming an increasingly popular style, with excellent offerings available from Fantôme and Kleinbrasserie de Glazen Toren, though the benchmark of the style remains the series offered by the unsurpassed Brasserie Dupont, such as this organic "Foret".
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