Saison de Noel Extract Kit

SKU: U0670
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Deceptively dark and beguilingly complex, this holiday specialty is brewed in the tradition of Belgian farmhouse ales. Unlike most saisons, intended to refresh and sustain farmers doing manaul labor, this one is engineered to complement rich holiday fare and sustain you through long winter nights. A generous malt bill with highlights of butter toffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and bread tangles with the earthy, spicy funk of Wyeast’s French Saison strain and a single addition of bittering hops to strike an evolving balance. The porter-like color tricks your palate into expecting burnt, roasty notes and perhaps even a full body, but the reality that hits your mouth is a lean, attenuated beer with a snappy, estery, slightly tart edge and a warming, peppery finish. No spices here - all the complexity comes from malt, yeast, and your skill as a brewer! Brew now for Christmas, and stash away at least a six-pack of this age-worthy saison to enjoy on into the spring.

Saison de Noel Limited Edition Extract Kit

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I'm likin' Belgians! Review by Steve
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Brewed the Dubble so I thought I would give the Saison a try. Brew day for SOB#21 was 8/7/14 and OG at 1.074 Had a sweet tea taste. Fermented a little high at 74 degrees. Kept in primary for 5 weeks with a FG at 1.004. Tasted before bottling and it was like butterscotch. Now it has a light tan head, a hint of chocolate and fruit, and a noticable alcohol taste at 9% abv. Would do this one again but try to ferment at a little lower temp. (Posted on 11/16/14)
Great holiday brew Review by Kevin H
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Brewed this one on a quick turn-around for my company's Christmas Party this past December (I know, LONG wait to review) and it turned out fantastic. This was my fifth beer and first foray into heavier gravity beers, albeit I didn't have a yeast starter. I simply cut back on the corn sugar and used about half of the recommended amount shipped. Did not seem to effect the flavor at all, in fact this is one of the best tasting beer's I've made so far. In all likelihood I'll be doing this one again for my company's Christmas Party next year and cellaring it for an extended period to really allow it to mature. (Posted on 5/30/14)
Better with age Review by James
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I'm not sure how to modify my initial review of 4 stars, but this beer has really grown on me. I find myself coming back to it time and again. In fact, my father-in-law, who is pretty much exclusively a Bud light drinker, asked if he could take a 6 pack home this past weekend. Definitely the best compliment I have received so far as a new brewer. (Posted on 3/6/14)
Average at Best Review by Chad
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Not a big fan. This was my 19th batch of beer (fourth Saison) and my least favorite kit by far. Well below average taste...wants to be a Saison, but not quite. (Posted on 2/21/14)
Very interesting brew Review by James
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I'm still a novice to homebrewing, but I really enjoyed this brew. I fermented for one month and bottle conditioned for two weeks. This is a very tasty beer! Will brew again! (Posted on 1/27/14)
Great Saison Review by Lee
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Brewed this one, but I was way off on the OG. I ended up with an ABV about 1% less than it should have been. Regardless, this beer is fantastic. I can only imagine it'd be much better if I actually brewed it correctly. Can't wait to brew this again next year! (Posted on 1/18/14)
It's Gooood Review by Tim
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Second attempt at brewing. The kit was easy enough to complete. Other reviewers are correct in that this one gets better with longer secondary fermentation and bottle conditioning. It's definitely a Belgian, but it's not like any other Belgian you've had. Taste is sweet with caramel and the alcohol is noticeable, but not over-the-top. If you like Belgians, you should try this one. (Posted on 12/28/13)
Excellent! Review by Kenneth
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Enjoyed my final bottle of the Saison de Noel tonight 12/25/2013. I brewed it back in Npvember 2012. It aged well and probably would continue to age well into the future. Highly recommend this brew. Took a lot of restraint to keep a bottle (750ml) for over a year but well worth it. (Posted on 12/26/13)
Don't Rush this Brew - Enjoy the process! Review by Ken
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I have used Northern Brewer products for quite some time and have been very pleased with the quality both all-grain and extract. This brew is one you don't want to rush. Fermentation depending on your temperature may take a bit longer than two weeks and it will continue in a secondary. Don't rush it. Enjoy the process. Let it age in the secondary, as well. I keg everything and I give it another 2-3 weeks before use. In all - I like to let this beer ferment, age, and keg cold condition for 8-10 weeks before use. Always very good. (Posted on 10/22/13)
Appears Powerful Review by Mike
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I brewed this 2 weeks ago, and it fermented great. I transferred it to a glass carboy 3 days ago, and it is still fermenting. If this keeps up, I will need to buy another carboy and leave the saison in its carboy until it quits fermenting. I don't want any bottles to explode. I can't wait to finish this one and drink a bottle. (Posted on 9/7/13)

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