Sunday, June 14, 2015

Saison de Rye: Tasting Notes

Appearance: Light golden color, clean with perhaps a very very slight haze -- as to be expected with the style. Nicely carbonated, with a thin white head that lasts the whole drinking experience.

Aroma: Fruity with that classic saison, farmhouse aroma.

Taste: Lightly fruity with that great saison, farmhouse flavor. A very slight, bready sweetness lingers throughout, but quickly gives way to a pleasant and refreshing hop bitterness. The spiciness of the rye also comes through nicely, but doesn't overwhelm. Each sip finishes dry. Medium bodied.

Final Thoughts: I really nailed this one! Very reminiscent of Door County Brewing's Biere de Siegle, which is exactly what I was going for. In fact, I'd go so far as to call this a clone recipe. Overall, the beer is a great balance of lightly fruity aroma and flavor that is refreshingly bitter. Right on style. I'm hard-pressed to think of a single thing I'd change, except that I wish I made more!

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