Thank god for access to great beer; you know, a few years back I would have had to go far and wide to pick up a bottle of Saison, and even then it was invariably an expensive bottle of Saison Dupont.
But you can now get your Saison fix in Marks and Sparks! How nice is that?
I don’t know who it is at Mark’s that is driving their beer stocking strategy, but whoever it is should have their hand vigorously pumped and their back heartily and repeatedly slapped.
There’s so many beers to try and so many that I haven’t reviewed yet…
The great thing is, nearly all of these beers are brewed by proper reputable brewers for M&S; and because they’re each responsible for a different type, you can probably now get a wider variety of beer types in Mark’s than you can in any of the big supermarkets…
Sorachi Ace Saison is brewed by everyone’s favourite brewing legends: Adnams.
So, Sorachi Ace hops in a Saison? Sound interesting… If memory serves me correct Sorachi Ace were bred especially for the Japanese brewer Sapporo. I’ve not much experience of them so let’s see what they contribute, shall we?
This Saison pours an hazy, yet enticing, cornfield yellow and exhibits a lovely luminosity when help up to the light. There’s not much in the way of head, but that’s the way of the Saison sometimes.
The aroma is that of sweet good earth with an undercurrent of dry and dusty lemon: a bit like the back edge of a slurp of Lemsip, only much, much, nicer.
The mouth-feel is surprisingly luxurious given that this is a Saison, and the taste is spicy-lemony-citrus with a nice touch of alcohol.
The finish is pleasantly dry with a bit of resin and a good firm hoppiness at the swallow; which, if truth be told, meant that my glassful was gone in a flash.
The aftertaste goes on and on; in fact half of the pleasure in this beer is the finish and reverberating aftertaste.
God I wish I’d bought four more bottles of it…
Get some today…it will not fail to delight.
PS: I’m going to do my best to get through and review the complete M&S beer range – a feat which M&S can help with I’m sure…all you folks need to do is stuff a few in a box and send them to me. That’ll get me off to a flying start…