Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Ecliptic Brewing/Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Sagitarrius B2N
What the brewers say
“Saggitarius B2N is a saison brewed with hibiscus, grapefruit, and lemon juice and dry-hopped with Amarillo hops.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “All the prototypical saison flavors, but heightened—strong citrus, floral, and peppery character plus a touch of grapefruit pith/peel and a bit of pink Szechuan peppercorn. The grapefruit and lemon are hard to pick up as they can easily be confused with the saison ester character.”
Flavor: “Similar to the aroma, all the expected saison flavors are present but slightly enhanced—black pepper, lemon, a bit of banana. A nice citrus-rind character. The peppery character is well situated to counterbalance all the other esters. Body is dry, but I wouldn’t complain if it were drier. ”
Overall: “The grapefruit and lemon notes with a touch of pith/marmalade bitterness were quite pleasant, and then this floral note popped in every once in a while to say, ‘Hi.’ It’s like a saison that got the Instagram filter treatment—a traditional beer with the contrast cranked up and a nice patina filter added to make it feel sexier. Could drink this all summer long.”
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