ABV: 6.8 IBU: 53
Aspen Brewing Company Saison
What the brewers say
“A traditional Belgian farmhouse saison brewed in celebration of long days and spring sunshine. Pilsner malt, curaçao orange peel, Kent Goldings Hops, and special farmhouse yeast produce this straw-colored hoppy beer.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Notes of pepper and citrus. Malt sweetness and citrus are apparent. Bright fruitiness of raspberry and sour cherry. Pepper and spices are present but not overpowering. Pineapple and biscuits.”
Flavor: “Citrus orange sweetness and a slightly herbal character along with spicy pepper notes. Lots of yeast character. Fruity citrus and apples with light grapefruit. Finishes somewhat bitter with moderate sweetness. Bitterness and sweet orange peel fighting through to the end.”
Overall: “Good balance of fruit sweetness with spices. Stronger bitterness than some examples. Complex fruit character. Good yeast esters and hop bitterness, but the orange peel makes for an odd finish.”
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