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Antithesis - Saison du Vin All Grain Kit

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This mightily fruity hop-forward saison is like nothing you've had before - a paradoxical hybrid that will surprise you, and maybe make you rethink the line between beer and wine.

Sauvignon Blanc grape juice brings explosive flavors and aromas — green grass, tropical berries, Kaffir lime, and refreshing crisp acidity. This powerful grape is both balanced and enhanced by New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops and the wine-like character of French saison yeast.
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A pairing of opposites. The juxtaposition of contrasting ideas. The coming together of beer and wine. Thesis, antithesis, and synthesis yield this mightily fruity hop-forward saison that is like nothing you've had before.

Sauvignon Blanc grape juice brings explosive flavors and aromas — green grass, tropical berries, Kaffir lime, and refreshing crisp acidity. This powerful grape is both balanced and enhanced by New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops and the wine-like character of French saison yeast. This is pure, wild, dynamic energy in a beer-wine hybrid - a fine balance achieved via contrasting flavors working together to create an Antithetical Synergy.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Antithesis - Saison du Vin All Grain Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional Style Belgian
Original Gravity 1066
Total Time to Make 2 months
Reviews
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Amazing
I usually make my own recipes or tweak others from forums, but I got a gift card to NB and this kit peaked my interest. From Coors Light fans, to Hop Heads, it was loved by everyone that had it. I fermented at 151 and ended up closer to 1.074. I used wlp566 and it brought it down to 1.006. Even with being so dry, and so strong, it didn't taste like either. The hops gave enough bitterness and the yeast gave enough flavors to make it taste really smooth. Ordering another AG kit today.
October 8, 2015
Excellent saison and wine hybrid
This was a hit for family over the holidays. I made it for the wine drinkers. Both beer and wine drinkers loved it. Nice saison and sauvignon blanc characteristics.
January 18, 2017
Purchased
8 months ago
Perfect just perfect
best saison I have ever had!
June 19, 2013
One of the best I have had
Everyone loves this one, it has gone quickly. Has a bit of a tart taste to it, but clearly one of the crowd favorites. It has been demanded as a repeat performance.
August 31, 2014
Different: dry, winey
Knocks a plate of panko shrimp out of the ballpark. Fast fermentation that ended suddenly. I gave it over 4 weeks in secondary and the bottled results are super clear with no filtration. Big head and lacing. Wine flavor dominates complimented by a balanced amount of bitterness from the unusual hops. Good refrigerated or at cellar temps. Not really a beer I'd reach for as a quaff-er but a great compliment to the many seafood dishes I prepare. Will definitely brew again, AFTER I reduce my white wine collection now gathering dust.
May 15, 2014
Unique, in a good way.
The blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Nelson Sauvin hops is fascinating. Drinks smooth when young, and promises to mature into something unlike any saison I've brewed or tasted.
September 9, 2013
Still in primary
This was an easy brew....the fermentation is ridiculous due to the wine juice. This may be the best Saison I have brewed or tasted....I am looking forward to the day I can pop a top on one of these....
August 30, 2013
Unique saison
Used the Danstar Belle Saison dry yeast, which produced a lot of hydrogen sulfide during fermentation. Instructions on yeast pack actually call for 2 packs per 5 gallons of wort, so perhaps using only 1 pack caused the buggers to be a little stressed. Nonetheless, fermentation finished in about 4 to 5 days and sulphur smell eventually disappeared. I added some medium toast oak beans to the secondary and allowed it to sit for 2 weeks. After kegging and force carbonating, the the finished product is excellent. Reminds me of Sofie by Goose Island. If I brew this again, I may consider buying 2 packs of the Danstar yeast, or maybe add some yeast nutrient to avoid the foul smells during fermentation.
February 26, 2014
Kegged and ready
Very interesting beer, both during and after the brewing process is complete. I cannot wait to taste the beer once it has fully matured, early tastes 3 days after kegging are promising.
January 21, 2014
Is it a beer or a wine?
Who cares - it's loved by all. After 2 months bottle conditioning at 63F it's a little citrusy, has a nice, sparkly nose and very little aftertaste. The first impression is surprise, followed by wow, this will be great on a hot afternoon! If, as some say, it gets better with some more conditioning, it should be a knockout by summer.
March 21, 2017
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