Paul G@ UnBarred Brewery & Taproom Brighton
5 months ago
Golden pale hue with a slight haze and very much visible carbonation and fair head retention. Light and bright on the nose with a surprisingly citrusy and tropical aroma including smells of grapefruit, passionfruit, lime, pineapple and orange blossom. Very low sourness on this Saison, I'd say basically none, instead it swings more toward an IPA. Light and thin mouthfeel with medium body and a medium length oily finish. A sour tang does develop but remains slight and serves the citrus forward presentation of this brew. Pink grapefruit is the most prominent for me in fact its comparable to fresh grapefruit juice. The oiliness from the Riwaka hops make this very silky and leaves layers of hops on the tongue. Light and refreshing yet with some heft with the medium body and 5.7% ABV. All the saisons I've had previously have had much more pronounced sourness and I've heard that is more of an English thing. I don't know, I've yet to have an actual Belgian Saison so I can't judge exactly how the OG style 'should' be, I just know I like them. It's both fruity and hoppy with good balance and the farmhouse wheaty, yeasty, malty ending accompanying the bergamot-like oil is pleasing.