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.
|Beer Kit Yield||5 Gallons|
|Recipe and Instructions||Click Here!|
|Beer Style||Hybrid Beers, Trappist/Belgian Ale|
|Total Time to Make||2 months|
- A Very Fruity and Spritzy Saison Review by Paul
The Nelson Sauvin hops have really added a nice flavor. And the Sauvignon Blanc has really kicked in and added some really complex, fruity flavors. And it has gotten more carbonated with time as well.
I wouldn't call this a "lawnmower" beer, but this would definitely be refreshing on a hot, sweltering Midwest summer evening.
I will definitely brew this beer again, but not on December 1st. This can be brewed in February/March, which brings the bottling to the April/May timeframe, and with aging, perfect for the June/July/August summer month evenings. I'm from Chicago, and anyone from Chicago knows it gets sweltering hot in July/August. This beer will really satisfy you during those hot summer months.
Keep in mind, this beer is also around 5-8% alcohol, but you don't taste it.
This beer is definitely brew-worthy again! (Posted on 4/13/14)
- Unique saison Review by George
- Interesting -- Essentially a Carbonated White Wine Review by Paul
Initial thoughts: tastes like a white wine. Smells like a white wine. Mouthfeel: carbonated white wine.
I'm liking it so far. My wife even liked it, and she is not a beer snob like me. Can't wait to see how this tastes as it continues to age and develop.
Other notes: very light color. Almost like a Bud Light or Miller lite in color and clarity. Could use a bit more carbonation. I'm not getting a big head like in the photo above next to the recipe. I'm not saying it's flat, I'm simply saying I'm not getting a head like the picture. I'm currently just getting a nice trickle of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.
(Posted on 2/10/14)
- Kegged and ready Review by bradley
- Unique, in a good way. Review by Armagh
- Still in primary Review by Dan
- Perfect just perfect Review by shea
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