Antithesis - Saison du Vin All Grain Kit

SKU: UB10013

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.

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New World Sauvignon Blanc Saison

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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.

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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style Belgian
Beer Style Hybrid Beers, Trappist/Belgian Ale
Color Light
Original Gravity 1066
Total Time to Make 2 months

Customer Reviews

One of the best I have had Review by Rod
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. (Posted on 8/31/14)
Different: dry, winey Review by piercho
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. (Posted on 5/15/14)
A Very Fruity and Spritzy Saison Review by Paul
This beer has done nothing but gotten better since my rating a few months ago.

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
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. (Posted on 2/26/14)
Interesting -- Essentially a Carbonated White Wine Review by Paul
I brewed 5 gallons on Sunday, December 1st. Bottled it on Sunday, January 26th. Been aging in my basement since then. Popped a few bottles in the fridge on Friday, and to test for carbonation and popped the top off my first beer this evening, Sunday, February 9th.

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
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. (Posted on 1/21/14)
Unique, in a good way. Review by Armagh
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. (Posted on 9/9/13)
Still in primary Review by Dan
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.... (Posted on 8/30/13)
Perfect just perfect Review by shea
best saison I have ever had! (Posted on 6/19/13)

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