O’hare’s Beer Club December 2012 Box
From 8 Wired Brewing out of Blenheim, New Zealand comes the “Saison Sauvin”. The beer pours a hazy pale golden colour with a white head. The aroma of this brew is of quite malty with some citrus and other tropical fruits, a very mild hops all mixed with a very Belgian style yeast. The taste of the beer consists of tart fruit flavours up front with a yeasty, peppery flavour followed by some earthy bitter hops (fairly strong). The flavour then gives way to some sweetness. This is not what I was expecting at all when I read Saison on the label at all. At first I was not sure what to think but as I drank the beer it grew on me. The beer has an alcohol content of 7% and an IBU of 50.
Commercial Description: Saisons have been around for ages. Traditionally brewed by Belgian and French farmers to provide refreshment during harvest. I’m guessing that flavour wasn’t a main concern back then; the priority was to provide a beverage that was safe to drink, because water usually wasn’t. Never the less, over time they developed a beverage chrarissed by beer geeks of the modern world. The alcohol content was low, so the workers could consume enough to keep hydrated and still perform their job: To load the barn with enough barley for next years brewing season. I bet these hardworking, humble farmers never imagined, that centuries later, their style of brewing would inspire brewers from all over the world. As all our beers, this is a very modern, you might say new world, interpretation of this style. Based on the tradition we have used a French Saison yeast, which provides a plethora of funky, earthy, very “Belgian” flavours. From there we have upped the ante a fair bit by doubling the amount of malt, and thereby the alcohol, and loaded the kettle with punchy Nelson Sauvin hops. Unlike the original, this is not a beer meant to be drunk by the gallon. Moderation is the key for full enjoyment of all great beers.
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Seared scallops with butternut squash risotto.