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.
|Total Time to Make||6 weeks|
|Beer Style||Trappist/Belgian Ale|
|Beer Recipe Kit Instructions||Click here for recipe kit instructions|
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.
It a nice and smooth tasting beer for how high the alcohol is.
I needed to give my brew day a jolt, and I wanted to see what's in a kit, and I'm partial to saison. As the instructions advised, it's in the 4th week of fermentation and I hope to bottle this weekend. (Three weeks is the longest I've let a batch go before this.) NB didn't have the recommended yeast, so I used American Farmhouse. Also the grain bill was a half pound short, but I made it up with pilsen and NB gave me a gift card, so it's all good. The beet and corn sugar additives surprised me, but I used them both and I suppose that's where the prolonged fermentation comes from. I did want to see how the kit worked with my Grainfather, and it was great, the 75 minute mash was new to me and the mash out was something I'd kind of skipped for a while, but the GF was made for it, so I've added both to my routine. Can't give it 5 stars because I haven't drank it yet. Anyway, it'll be Christmas before it's good to drink, so cheers! I look forward to a good brew!