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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 beer kit 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.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Antithesis - Saison du Vin Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style Belgian Original Gravity 1066 Total Time to Make 2 months
4.6 / 5.021 ReviewsRefreshing and complexI like a drink that makes me think and this beer does that wonderfully. I let it condition in the secondary for several weeks because there was no room in my keezer. I think that was key. I doesn't taste like a traditional high gravity beer but at 9.2% it makes for a fun party! I will certainly brew again next summer.August 30, 2015Wow.This beer came out of the primary fermentor after 4 weeks, and it's something special. The smell is boozy, the body is beer, and the aftertaste is all white wine. I've never had a combo like this before, but this is fantastic. It's got the fruit flavors that I've been trying to find in all the other beers that I've brewed.I pitched two packs of yeast with this... for the first packet I followed the directions to rehydrate; the second pack I pitched straight into the fermentor. I never check the gravity on my beers, but this has to have fermented all the way through, and the alcohol content is rockin'.October 14, 2015A++ would brew againNorthernBrewer was running a "buy two kits get one free" sale so I purchased two and this was the one I chose for my "freebie". I figured it was interesting enough to brew but risky enough that I wouldn't have spent the $50+ to brew it without ever having tasted something like this. The sale made this an easy decision and wow what a beer! I brewed this roughly 5 weeks ago and racked it to a keg last week. FG was 1.002 with the 3711 yeast from a 1.5L starter. All-in this beer ended up around 9% ABV. Holy cow can this beer sneak up on you. The low FG combined with the slight juicyness from the hops and Sauvignon Blanc juice make this beer incredibly easy to drink which at 9% can become dangerous! The smell is all Sauvignon Blanc and the carbonation really pulls it forward. The flavor is a very interesting, light, slightly tart drink with obvious Sauvignon Blanc flavors mixing with a spiciness and funk from the yeast. Honestly this isn't my favorite beer I've ever made or tasted, but it is by far the most surprising and unique I've made. I will absolutely be making this beer again. My wife agrees that this beer deserves to be put on regular rotation.July 15, 2016Such a great beer!Second time I've done the Saison du Vin. I only have a few bottles left. This beer is so unique and so good. One of my favorite beers I have brewed or tried from any brewery. Love the high alcohol kick this has also.December 25, 2016Purchased
8 months agoDeliciousI LOVED this recipe! Very well received by the people I share my brews with. Definitely buying it again.January 21, 2017Purchased
1 year agoDarn goodBrewed this to take out to my sister's college graduation because it sounded unique. I have sampled a few so far and they are fantastic. Definitely found a winner with this one. I love beer and like wine... never thought I would love them together. But, this beer is greatDecember 2, 2014AWESOME!Great unique beer kit here. Get a lot of white wine smell but more taste of your traditional Saison. Mine came out quite strong at over 8%. Already a favorite of my wife and friends!November 10, 2013Delicious, unique, and deliciousI made one simple change to the recipe, I split up the LME addition - half at the start of boil, half at 30 minutes. The color turned out perfectly. My roommate was drinking a Boulevard Tank 7 when I opened my first bottle of Antithesis, and the color was almost a a perfect match. Oh, and I used Irish moss.This is the 6th beer I've made. I've been happy with every other brew, but they've never been great. This is the first I've made that has really impressed me, and I my technique has changed much.Fermented 4 weeks in primary, then bottle conditioned 2 weeks.It's also fun to tell people, "I brewed a beer and put sauvignon blanc grape juice in it."July 29, 2014Brewed least night; the yeast is a BEASTI was very excited when this kit arrived the other day. Put the kids to bed early and brewed to the NB recipe except for one detail - added only ~1/3 of the LME at 60 minutes to try and keep the brew as light as possible, and added the remaining extract at 20 minutes. Pay attention, as the directions on the Danstar Saison Belle dry yeast packet call for rehydrating the yeast before pitching. I followed those instructions and rehydrated during the boil. Yeast foamed up after about 10 minutes and was threatening to take over my kitchen at 30 minutes. Pitched into 80-degree wort at midnight. Checked airlock when the kids woke me up at 6 AM, and fermentation appeared strong as the yeast hammered away. About a two-inch krausen and a divine, beery smell coming from the bucket already. Do your research on the yeast, as it is known to want higher fermentation temps than "typical" (US-05, for example) ale yeasts. So, if your fermentation setup is affected by local weather, this may be perfect for your warm-day environment. Right now, ambient temp is ~68 while outside of fermentation bucket reads 75! Inside is likely warmer, but I have no thermo-well to check. I will update after the brew is done and I have a chance to taste the finished product, likely in 6 weeks. I can't wait.Brew on!March 16, 2014outstanding and complex flavorMy friend picked out this kit and we brewed it together. I don't know that I would have been as adventurous as that given that I'm still pretty new to homebrewing but... wow, what amazing results. The sauvignon blanc grape must adds a really nice twist to this saison, giving it a complex flavor. We hit it with a double-dose of the Belle Saison yeast (we didn't have a starter) and we got great results there -- O.G. 1.066, F.G. 1.010.January 19, 2015
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 8 answersI bought this kit with the Wyeast 3711 smack pack. Is a starter necessary?BEST ANSWER: A starter is not necessary, however I made a starter and the results were terrific. I always make starters. Primary 1 week, secondary for 4 months. I also soaked some oak chips in Sauvignon blanc then into the secondary for 5 days before bottling. This one takes a while to come blend the grape and malt.Can I boil with 5 gal of water instead of the 2.5 gal that the instructions state?BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting Northern Brewer. Yes, you can boil the full 5 gallons if you have a kettle large enough to put the full 5 gallons in, but you will also want to have a kettle several gallons larger than the amount you are brewing. We suggest it be at least 5 gallons larger than what you are brewing to prevent possible boil overs. Cheers!
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