Saison de Noel All Grain Beer Recipe Kit
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 French Saison strain and a single addition of bittering hops to strike an evolving balance.
Unlike most saisons, intended to refresh and sustain farmers doing manual labor, this one is engineered to complement rich holiday fare and sustain you through long winter nights. 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.
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|Total Time to Make||6 weeks|
|Beer Style||Trappist/Belgian Ale|
|Beer Recipe Kit Instructions||Click here for recipe kit instructions|
Tired of the same old over spiced typical holiday ale? This beer is for you. Packed with flavor this is my winter seasonal go-to!
This is my third time in 10 years or so brewing the Saison de Noel. I brew a big "holiday" beer every year, bottle it in Belgian corked bottles, and give it away to family and friends at Christmas. While it's early to report on this year's batch, I can say in the past it's been a wonderful winter warmer. I actually have one bottle left from 10 years ago that I plan to open along with one from this year- I've been fortunate enough to be able to sample them as they age. Defiantly it's a beer that improves through the years, though even when it's young its a fine, complex beer. It's a beer that's going to benefit from aging, so brew it in the spring and enjoy it that winter, though if you don't come across it until early fall, you've still got enough times to impress your friends come December!
Great value with fresh grain and fast shipping. Fermentation is highly active - racking off in a week for an additional 4 weeks secondary followed by 3 weeks keg conditioning. Looking forward to the first drink on Christmas Eve.
Turned out excellent. Primary for two weeks, secondary for 4 then into a keg. I’ll do this one again!
This is the second time I brewed this. I think there may have been a slight mixup in the grain bill this go round. The wort was extremely dark, more like a stout. Also it smelled more like a stout or porter mash than a Belgian. Burnt-ish. I'm just going with it. I'll see what happens.