Farmhouse’s Saison 7July 1, 2006
This bottle-conditioned saison is golden in color, with a slight haze and a peachy, faintly bubblegummy and spicy aroma. The body shows its strength in a moderately rich and coating mouthfeel, and carries a round fruitiness that speaks again to peaches, but gives way to an assertive, faintly citrusy hoppiness, ending in a more sharply bitter and slightly warming finish. A little more finesse would make me appreciate this more, but in the meantime, I’ll enjoy it with a croque monsieur.
- Stephen Beaumont
Big, bold freshly mown hay. Grassy with fresh-yeast character. Complex phenolics and a touch of acidic fruitiness. Low thresholds of hop character. Tingle of alcohol, yet not overwhelming. A real mouthful of liquid food with agricultural and biological complexity. Perhaps for some a love affair, but different enough that it may not be kind to everyone’s sense of beer balance. Approach with caution and if fortunate, celebrate with delight.
- Charlie Papazian
A pale hazy gold color with fairly low carbonation, the beer barely raises a head. The nose is interesting—orangey, floral, gamy, and peppery all at once. The palate seems sweet at first, with a burst of malt and citrus in the center, finally balanced by restrained hops. The finish is slightly sweet. An enjoyable beer, but I have to wonder if the bottle re-fermentation fully finished; saisons are usually bone-dry and highly carbonated. Still, it would be nice with spicy shrimp pad Thai.
- Garrett Oliver
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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