I am a big Saison fan, the more into beer I get the more I appreciate the funky, spicy and complex flavours from this style. I’m also a big fan of Steamworks and Dageraad, so imagine my excitement when this collaboration, East of East Van, was released! A mild spring evening seemed like the perfect time to crack this open! I’m not sure if it’s the additions or the beer itself but this is one of the best Saisons I’ve had in a while; nice creamy body with a hint of citrusy tartness blending into spicy complexity. I can pick out the white pepper addition, it blends in nicely with the yeast, but leaves a lingering spice behind. The other addition is black lime, which I looked up and is basically a dried lime. I’m not confident I know what that tastes like, but there does seem to be a citrus element that is over and above what I’d expect from a Saison. It’s the kind of beer I immediately want more of… Good thing I remembered seeing a bottle or two hanging out at the local shop, I’m gonna get a few more to enjoy later on this summer!
Today’s Beer: had some time to kill in Kelowna and dropped by Kettle River Brewing Co. to try their latest creations. On the left is the Dry-Hopped Saison and the right is the Double IPA. Both are super delicious with bright, citrusy hop profiles. If you’re here make sure to check out their bottles too… They have an amazing barrel program here, I’m going to grab a Barrel-Aged Blonde on my way out!
Today’s Beer: Spinnakers Rye Bretta is a saison with – you guessed it – rye malt and brett yeast, giving this beer what I can only desribe as a complex funkiness. The aroma is spicy and fruity, it’s quite effervesecent and finishes dry with a bite. I wouldn’t recommend this to someone who wasn’t too into farmhouse style beers, but if you are you’ll want to check this out!
Today’s Beer: Persephone has scored another hit with their Multigrain Saison. Brewed with barley, wheat, rye, oats, corn and rice, ABV is 6% and IBUs are 25. Nice depth of flavour here from the malts and saison yeast. Slightly sweet on the finish, I think I can pick out the rye, wheat and corn flavours but maybe I’m overthinking it a bit.
Today’s Beer: I finally made it out to Dageraad last weekend, and the Randonneur Saison was nice enough to have twice. Dageraad always impresses me by how subtle and delicate their beers can be, as compared to the more assertive style of typical west coast beers. Light, effervesecent and dry on the finish this is another great choice for the heat wave we are having in BC right now. Curious what the name means? Translated from French Randonneur means backpacker. It’s also a term for long-distance cycling, which I bet this would be a perfect refresher to finish off with!
Today’s Beer: Parallel 49’s Apricotopus, an apricot sour saison. Overall, this is an interesting and enjoyable beer, but it isn’t distinct in any of the three categories it claims to be. It has a fragrant fruit aroma, tastes mildly tart with some sweetness and a very subtle funk at the end. It’s certainly refreshing but in a blind test you might guess it was a sour, but maybe not detect the apricot or saison.