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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.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Saison de Noel Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style Belgian Original Gravity 1070 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.8 / 5.039 ReviewsThis was awesome!This was a great tasting beer, but requires patients. From start to finish about 2 months till I opened the fist bottle. Although I over-carbonated it (don't use any kind of fizz drops), it tasted great as I let it set out. Very high in ABV and could feel it after about a pint. A very flavorful full body beer.February 7, 2018Purchased
7 months agobest beer I've brewedThis is the best beer I've brewed and one of the best I've ever had. I added a pound of brun leger to boost the abv and used the French Saison, one of my favorite yeasts. I went 2 weeks primary, 4 weeks secondary, and just tasted it after a month in the bottle. I got 9.8% ABV and I couldn't be happier, this will be my Christmas brew for years to come.November 23, 2017Purchased
9 months agoHighly recommendBrewed it 2 or 3 times so far. Always comes out great. This time I added some extra corn sugar for a little extra abv put in Belgian bottles. Hmmmmmmm. Wish I didn't give as many awayJune 24, 2017Purchased
1 year agoGreat winter aleNice flavor profile that fits the winter season perfectly.February 22, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoDelightful beerI brewed this in June and kegged for Thanksgiving. The taste is of brown sugar and fermented fruit. I wish I had brewed 2 of them in June. This kit ages very well and is very simple to brew. ExcellentDecember 4, 2016ALWAYS A GREAT BREW!!!ALWAYS A GREAT BREW!!!October 18, 2016saison de NoelI don't know, just brewed it todayAugust 23, 2016Great beer for the holidays!I brewed this before Christmas and it only had 1 week in the primary, 1 week in the secondary and 2 weeks of bottle conditioning. Even though I rushed it the beer turned out tasty, spicy and warm. The beer doesn't have as much clarity as I would like, but I'm sure that's due to the shortened fermentation time. Overall it's an excellent beer, perfect for the holidays or on a cold night. I'm going to brew this one again!February 3, 2016Very niceOG 1.065, pitched one pack of rehydrated Bell Saison, fermented at 72-74F, 3 weeks in primary and 4 weeks in secondary. Finished close to 1.000. They've been in the bottle a couple of months now.Pours a dark amber red with rocky tan head and tons of persistent lace. Aroma is spicy stone fruit, hints of cinnamon, and pilsner malt and mild earthy funk. Taste is clove spice with raisin balanced by mild molasses malt sweetness, and clean mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium creamy body and crisp dryness with some ethanol warming. Overall very interesting with a lot of complex favors. A great winter/holiday beer that I'll brew again next year.January 3, 2016Great and unique gifts!I brewed 5 gallons of Saison de Noel in late September. Took about 5 weeks to get into bottles. I tried it at about 7 weeks and it was BOOZY.. But we opened a few bottles for a dinner and it was AMAZING! The chef who cooked dinner ended up trading me a bottle for a bottle of his Homemade Chianti. Of course, I have my friends placing orders for beer now.. But I can live with that. Complex taste with just enough kick for the holiday Highly recommend, but be patient and leave enough time in the bottles to mellow out (or it left a tannin almost caberet burn in the back of the throat. But now, it is smooth and tasty..December 14, 2015
- Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 17 answersI am getting ready to bottle this one (3 weeks primary/2 weeks secondary) and was curious whether any extra table sugar should be added to the priming solution (1-2 oz) to achieve adequate carbonation or whether the standard corn sugar package should sufficient? I saw the extra sugar recommendation for the Number 8 extract kit.
Thanks in advance.BEST ANSWER: I have brewed this particular kit every year for the past 5 years, and it has come out beautifully each time. I have only ever added priming sugar per the included instructions (2/3 cup) and carbonation level was spot on. This is a great brew, especially if you have the patience to let it age in the bottles for 6-8 weeks. The longer it sits, the better it gets.Does this kit require a yeast starter? I saw it has a high O.G. but there is no recommendation to do a yeast starter in the instructions.BEST ANSWER: I have made this brew once a year for the last 5 years, with liquid and dry yeast, and have never used a starter and it has always come out great! A couple of times it took ~6-8 weeks to fully ferment, but it always got to where I wanted it. I would recommend setting some aside once you bottle it and aging for 6 months or so, if you can. I've never been able to let any sit beyond a couple months, it's just too good, but it gets better the longer it ages.What is the expected FG?BEST ANSWER: brewed one in July, came out at 8%, very nice, not hot, scored huge in several contests, in the 35 point range, brewed again at the end of Oct. and added some brown sugar, for the taste and it was about 8.92%, went to a mini best of show at the AHA contest in Feb/March.....doing another this year full grain but had very good beer with the NB kit. Would brew again.Does the Saison de Noel Extract Kit come with dry yeast?BEST ANSWER: There are two yeast options for that kit. The Danstar Belle Saison is the dry yeast. Be sure to select that one in the yeast drop down when purchasing the kit.
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