For the next instalment of my ‘Experiencing Beer‘ series – tonight I tried the Saison style of beer for the first time. Saison was the name given to beers brewed in farmhouses from the French speaking region of Belgium. They were light and low in alcohol and perfect for the farmers to drink during a hard days harvesting.
Modern Saisons are generally over 5% abv and this Saison Dupont from The Dupont Brewery is 6.5%. It’s got a load of carbonation and is refreshingly light with that recognisable ‘yellow’ Belgique style background flavour.
It reminds me of a filtered and refined Duvel with it’s Pilsner malts. The mouthfeel is soft with a lingering fruity, spicy bitterness and I’m hooked.
I wouldn’t recommend you jump straight into a Saison, I’ve heard people describe it as ‘skunky’ and ‘typical farmyard’ and I now understand why the beer snobs say you should build up your palate. For once I agree with them 😉
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