I know I’m no longer doing the Year of Beer. But, I am still drinking beer on occasion, I’m still reviewing it (not here.) I’ve decided that occasionally reviews will appear here. Though They won’t be part of the original 52. I’ve been a fan of saisons ever since I tried Brasserie Dupont’s Saison Dupont last summer. One of my favorite breweries, North Coast, has a good example: Le Merle. I don’t see them on the shelves often. When I do I always make a point of picking it up and giving it a try.
From the can:
Spring is here! What better way to celebrate than with a fine Belgian inspired Saison. This handcrafted beer was created with our good friends at Lost Abbey. Being a San Diego native, we are connected, we celebrate this friendship with our collaboration. Saison has been brewed for centuries, often for the Spring and Summer months. Brewed with Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts, Nelson Sauvin hops and locally raised lemongrass. Our Saison is a malty, spicy, refreshing, and carries a beautiful aroma of citrus and fruit esters.
From my notes:
Slightly cloudy straw yellow, short lived large bubbled, foamy head. Mostly yeast and malts on the tongue with hints of citrus, a soft sour finish.
As much as I’d like to recommend this beer; I found it only adequate. There are much better, and even cheaper, Saisons out there… This was really not worth the $15 I spent on the six pack. Look for Dupont’s or Le Merle if you are in the mood for a good Saison. And why wouldn’t you be it’s the perfect beer for a hot summer day!