New Belgium French Oak Saison
FRENCH OAK SAISON
BARREL-AGED SOUR FARMHOUSE ALE
To understand "Belgian-style beer" is to understand Belgium's nuanced regions and historical past. To the north, we have Flanders, a region invaded and occupied by many foreign powers over hundreds of years, known for everything from white beer to oak-aged sour brown ales.
To the south, we have Wallonia, a region known for its rich farmland, industrial coalfields, French culture and farmhouse ales like Biere de Garde and saison. Our French Oak Saison pulls inspiration from both regions by marrying a dry, hop-forward Wallonia-style saison with a golden ale soured in French oak foeders for 15 to 18 months -- a method derived from Flanders. The rye and spelt grains in the saison contribute to a medium-light body while the Huell Melon and Tettnang hops give aromas of honeydew and white pepper.
The result is a rustic, goldenrod yellow saison offering pleasant lemon and white grape aromas and a bright, mouthwatering sourness with a clean, dry finish.
A true blending of inspirations.
Goldenrod yellow, medium sheen, moderated white foam.
A mix of balanced aromas: lemons and phenolic, mild white grape, white pepper, and coriander. Light tropical fruit and floral. Bread dough and stone fruit with a smidge of isoamyl acetate, bretta, grassy and pine.
Sweet with a surprisingly strong sour initially that fades but lingers slightly. Light bitterness.
Smooth but puckering and mouthwatering. Medium-light body, astringent finish.
YEAST Hybrid saison yeast
HOPS Nugget, Tattnang, Huell Melon
MALTS Pale, rye, spelt
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