Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Beachwood Blendery Propagation Series 256
What the brewers say
“Saison brewed with Saccharomyces in stainless steel, then aged in French oak barrels with Brettanomyces and long peppercorns for seven months.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Nice funky Brett aroma with big notes of lemon and lemon-peel esters. Noticeable acidity on the nose. Slight peppery earthiness in the back. The Brett really plays into an almost overripe banana-bready character.”
Flavor: “Slight malt breadiness that provides a smooth body. Big lemon, tangerine characteristics with a noticeable peppery spice that balances the sweetness and tartness. Tartness, funk, and acidity are fantastic and provide a refreshing beer—dry yet smooth. Ripe banana and a bit of earthy Brett funk. Finishes clean.”
Overall: “Really refreshing beer with great acidity and tartness. Spicy notes balance the acidity. Although the banana character is strong and often frowned upon in saison, it works well with this Brett funk. Nice complexity between the estery sweetness and spice character. Peppercorn gives it a mild spicy finish and helps balance the sweetness.”
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