As you may or not remember I brewed this one up with the half-pack of Belle Saison yeast left from the BrewUK stove topper kit and a few other bits and pieces (https://yeastismybitch.com/2015/04/30/a-great-introduction-to-all-grain-brewing-brewuk-craftybrews-stove-topper-kit/)
And by holy crikey I’m glad that I did…
Appearing in the glass more gorgeously luminous and hazy-yellow than it has any business to, this is one lovely-looking beer. I think the wheat more than contributed to it’s sheer good looks.
The carbonation is absolutely spot-on and the head is all frilly and white, just like a tart’s knickers.
The aroma is that gorgeous clean yeast phenol that Belle Saison seems to be good at, and on the back there’s some graininess too…
A HUGE body, with complexity and magnificent citrus notes wrestle in the hay with a fairly playful but forthright bitterness…5.8% ABV means that there’s no shortage of wallop, either.
The finish is sherberty and dry…which is odd and different, but hugely tasty.
Literally – and pardon my french, here – this is one fuck of a beer. I’m very, very pleased with how this turned out. When I open the last bottle (there are only five left, remember) I shall weep fat, hot, bitter tears.
I will make this beer again, and again and again.
Floreat Belle Saison! A triumphant yeast performance…