With Saison 28, the malts and hops play well together to create flavours of candied fruit.
Pacific Gem boasts NZ tropical fruit notes but in this beer, it’s all about candied papaya and juicy blackberries intermingling. With Sorachi Ace, you’ve got flavours of lemon-curd developing into coconut. And somewhere in-between, you get candied orange coming through.
We think these well-matched, fruit-bowl flavours lend themselves to the refreshing quality of a Saison, a beer that we like to sip all through Summer. And, although this beer is big on all accounts, it wouldn’t be a Saison by any means, without the Belgian yeast quality.
Belle Saison yeast imparts a bold, full-on Farmhouse flavour that rises up to the challenge of the magnitude of hops we’ve chucked into this brew. The hops here aren’t timid; you get them on the nose, in tasting the beer and the lingering bitterness. It’s that bitterness that made us decide to call this beer an Imperial Farmhouse IPA. Even as hoppy, bitter and just the right amount of boozy this beer may be, it’s undeniably a saison with spice and peppery flavours coming from the yeast in the finish.
So there you have the lowdown behind Saison 28. Happy 300th brew to us and happy drinking to you; there’s most definitely a “Cheers” in that.
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