Perennial Artisan Ales/The Commons Brewery Meriwether
What the brewers say
“Meriwether, brewed with our friends at The Commons, is our take on a classic saison. We decided to use our respective saison yeast strains in a 50/50 blend for fermentation. This beer is then dry-hopped with Hallertau.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Peppery phenols and lemongrass, orange peel, and a bit of bready malt. Just a touch of banana. High fruity esters of lemon, lemongrass, and pear along with a slight green-grape skin.”
Flavor: “Balance of orange and tangerine citrus esters and peppery phenols, and a bit of sage. Balanced sweetness up front gives way to low acidity and just a bit of bitterness. Great clean malt flavor and orange, lemon, and pear from the hops. Slight spiciness is really nice as it rounds out. Light-medium body with nice carbonation. Very dry and effervescent. ”
Overall: “The balance of yeast-driven esters and phenols make this a very drinkable classic French-style saison. Very refreshing, dry, and clean beer that drinks easily but really comes through with Smarties candy-like sweet and tart fruity characteristics of lemon and pear.”
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