Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Well here we go, a Franklin's farm exclusive...Saison. OK, so I know we're not a farm brewery, but the spirit of this beer definitely is. Saison, which is French for season, is a rustic Belgian Farmhouse ale. Traditionally brewed by Wallonian(Southern Belgian)farmers during the fall and winter so that they could be consumed during the warmer weather. They are in short Belgian Pale Ales that are highly hopped (for Belgian standards),sometimes spiced and always very refreshing as they were consumed by farmhands who's access to potable water at the time was limited.
Our version is a pretty straight forward entry, made with 100% Pilsner malt, Saaz hops and a yeast from a classic Saison brewery in Belgium. Its moderately higher carbonation really helps the esters and hops come forward to your nose. On the first sip it attacks you with a pleasant bitterness,citrus, a touch of tartness and a subtle sweetness in the finish.