This mixed-culture saison recipe comes courtesy of Bobby Kros, cofounder and head brewer at Kros Strain in La Vista, Nebraska.
Batch 625, he says, is “open-fermented in stainless with our house blend of two different Saccharomyces strains and five different Brettanomyces bruxellensis strains, then aged in an oak foeder. This saison has fruit-forward funk aromas and flavors followed by a dry but soft, finish.”
Here’s what our review panel said about the beer: “Hazy pale yellow with gorgeous, sturdy, meringue-like foam. Complex, enticing aroma with clove-and-chamomile spice, herbal-grassy notes, a touch of horse-blanket funk, and underlying stone fruit. Lively but soft on the palate, with bright stone-fruit flavors and fine, peppery bitterness that dissipates with the sparkle, leaving some cracker, herb-bitterness, and low-level barnyard. Elegant, tasty, and dry. Hits all the right notes.” The beer went on to become one of our Best 20 Beers in 2021.
Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%