Arriving in the glass a hazy yellow-gold colour with a lovely lasting head, it looks right. Trouble is, because someone (probably me) has moved my nylon hop bags I was forced to sanitize and use a substitute bag which once had a child’s jigsaw puzzle in it…which made for a quite a shit hop bag – so there’s the occasional little floaty hop bit.
Look, lets just say that it was a rustic farmhouse Saison. Problem solved.
The nose is all minerals and spicy citrus hops (Styrian Keg Hops, yum) and the yeast contributes a nice little spicy feel; there’s a slight bracing sea-weedy note too and just a little smidge of berry fruits. I’m happy enough with all of that.
The mouth-feel is solid and satisfying with a decent carbonation. The spiciness leads out with pines, lemon-citrus and an almost Greek taverna-in-the-trees-on the beach sort of theme about it…it’s a happy theme and one that I’m very pleased with.
The citrus and yeast notes are quite long-lasting in the after-taste, too – which I like a lot. It’s been very enjoyable on weekend lunchtimes with cheese sandwiches, olives and salady bits.
I will make a keg-full again, soon. Hopefully the weather will last long enough to enjoy it…