Style: Brett & Mixed Fermentation Saisons

ABV: 7.0

Aroma: 10
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Brasserie St. James 1904

What the brewers say

“This 100 percent Brettanomyces-fermented ale is fermented in white-wine barrels for 4–6 months as the flavors and aromas develop. An earthy nose of dried flowers and straw lures you in to this dry farmhouse beer.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Banana, white pepper, and orange citrus. A nice Brett character comes through with a light citrus lactic tartness. An interesting corn-chip, Cheerios, biscuit note at the back end with hints of oak woodiness.”

Flavor: “Big banana and orange, plus peppery phenols. A nice citrus fruity sweetness plus hints of peach. The funk gives it a nice blend of complexity. Some lemon notes hit and carry through. Almost white wine–like, with light tartness and fruitiness. A touch of tannin character lends to the white-wine comparison. Subtle minerality and alcohol warmth.”

Overall: “Lots of sweetness along with the strength and lower carbonation leaves a bit of a syrupy finish. Banana character is a bit out of style, and the sweetness amplifies it. A bit astringent in the finish with higher alcohol harshness and excessive woody notes.”

What our editors thought



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