Saison de Noel Extract Kit

SKU: U0670

Deceptively dark and beguilingly complex, this holiday specialty is brewed in the tradition of Belgian farmhouse ales. 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.

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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.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style Belgian
Beer Style Trappist/Belgian Ale
Color Dark
Original Gravity 1070
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

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)
very good, tuff to describe Review by bill
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This is a very interesting beer. brewed it in nov and tried it at christmas, probably too early, and I did not care for it. Now, Feb., it is very good. Smooth. But, I really don't know how to describe it. All the flavors mentioned, high alcohol, nice head. Will brew it again, but will be very patient with it. Nice job NB, once again (Posted on 2/18/13)
Amazing brew Review by Samo
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Brewed this one during the summer and used the Wyeast 3726 Farmhouse Reserve at about 85 degrees for most of the fermentation. I must admit I was a little timid of hitting those kinds of fermentation temps and had to get a 2nd and 3rd opinion. I had good luck at this temperature, so I'm not sure if I'd try to push the temperatures further.

This was my 2nd Northern Brewer kit. No clue how many kits I've brewed before that.

It's very difficult to describe this beer in words. I have consumed many fine Belgian ales and can't think of any that are similar to Saison de Noel. There's a lot going on, which makes it difficult to being to describe the flavor. As the style says, it's a dark saison. The flavor is very yeast forward and wild. Probably not a beer for the timid and might not be the one to break your friends into homebrews.

IMHO, the Wyeast Farmhouse Reserve really makes this beer wonderful. If the yeast is available next summer, I will definitely get this kit again. Not sure I'd buy it if I couldn't get that strain again. (Posted on 2/13/13)
Excellent Saison. Everyone enjoyed it. Review by Jason
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This beer was only my second batch ever made. I prepared it for Christmas to share with family and friends. It was a hit with everyone. I don't normally drink Belgians, but this one hit the spot. The only thing I can say about it is to let it bottle condition about 4 weeks (vice the two weeks the instructions recommend) before drinking. The beer was much smoother after a month. I'd brew it again for sure. (Posted on 1/25/13)
Crazy Saison! Review by AJ
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I think the NB description is right on. Definitely different but really good. Has some chocolate, toffee, caramel going on mixed with the spice from the yeast. It's so different you have to try it for yourself. I'm really glad I made this beer and can't wait to make it again next winter. (Posted on 1/21/13)
Delicious! Review by spkguitar
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This was my first 5 gallon brew, and it will definitely not be the last time I brew this kit. Drop dead easy to brew, amazing aroma and taste.

I ended up sampling at 5 weeks (I couldn't hold off) and it's so amazing already that I can't imagine how it will taste once it comes of age.

Definitely worth it and recommended. (Posted on 12/17/12)
Great winter beer! Review by Adam
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This is the best beer I have brewed to date. I like saisons and was interested in a dark winter saison. It was good at 6 weeks but having one tonight it has really gotten even better! It does have a little sour hit up front but moves on to a fresh bread and finishes with a bit of caramel and clean. You catch a bit of alcohol towards the end which then is confirmed by the nice stomach glow you get a little later. Awesome beer! Have had nothing but compliments from everyone that tried it. (primary 4 weeks 2 weeks in the bottle) (Posted on 1/22/12)
Excellent Beer! Review by Mazmanbrew
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This is my second year of brewing. I was not sure about this beer when I bought the kit, because I thought with all the malt and sugars that goes into it, it will be too sweet for my taste. To my surprise, there is very little hint of sweet or maltiness in this beer. The flavor is very complex. The best I can do is a little sour, bread and dry white wine flavors all mixed together. I was below the suggested fermentation temps for both stages. It is kind of interesting that this is a Christmas beer and needs to be brewed at >70 F. Never the less, it turned out great and everyone who has tried it so far really likes. Give it a 1-2 extra weeks in the bottle before trying. I am keeping a few for the Spring, I hope!

Should definitely brew this one! (Posted on 1/10/12)
Great beer! Review by Robert
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man this is one nice beer! best one we've brewed so far, out of about 10(9 from NB). great flavor and carbonation, not quite as much as the picture shows with organic cane sugar. did this as xmas gifts and waxed the tops of bottles. everyone loves it and wants more! (Posted on 1/6/12)
Subtly Complex Review by David
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First, I'll just say this is a delicious beer, and I hope to compel you to have a go at this--it is extremely worth it.
This is a very difficult beer to describe. It doesn't easily fit into any category. When my wife and I opened our first bottle on Christmas, it reminded both of us as a mix between German and Belgian styles. It has the slight spiciness that reminds me of German beers, yet has a more light, refreshing toasty/bready character with a hint of sourness one could expect from Belgian ales. There is a slight sweetness somewhere in there that disappears before the end, lending to a very dry, crisp finish. Somehow this all works together. All the flavor characters are quite subtle, yet do not run together to make a muddledness; each flavor is still separate, yet not overpowering in any one direction.

Brewing notes. I used a big starter, just cause I like to have full attenuation. Brewing temperature for the first few days was between 73 and 75 degrees--I was hoping to get some sour flavors from a higher fermentation temperature, but I couldn't justify having the house any warmer than this. I would love to taste what a higher fermenting temp would do for this beer. Near the end of the fermentation, I brought the temp back up to 75 degrees to insure full attenuation. I don't have my notes in front of me, but the abv ending up being around 7.5%--a bit higher than I anticipated.

This has everything one could wish for in a session beer, yet the abv is a bit high for sessioning for me.

Like the other reviewer, I'd love to sit on a couple of bottles, but I highly doubt I'll be able to--it's just too tasty. (Posted on 1/1/12)
A winter warmer you'll wish you got in your stocking Review by BayernBrewer
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A very delicious beer to warm your taste buds and belly. If I were St. Nick, I'd want this instead of milk and cookies ... bold, smooth, sweet, and satisfying.

Being unfamiliar with Belgians and Farm House styles, I took a chance. This was my 22nd batch of homebrew, and I wanted to branch out beyond pale ales/lagers. Directions followed to a tee: 2 wks primary, 2 wks secondary, 2 wks bottle. I understand you can cellar this beer, but I'm affraid it will be gone before then ...

To my unsophisticated Belgian palate, this first tasted like Coke, then had a warming taste of whole grain bread fresh from the oven, followed by a hint of caramel. Unlike anything I've ever tasted, yet I couldn't get enough!

Do yourself a favor and explore this beer! (Posted on 12/29/11)