Dry Hopped Saison – Old Abbey Ales

From Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford comes their “Dry Hopped Saison”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, pepper, citrus and citrus zest.  The flavour is of orange, orange zest, spices, wheat, toffee, mild bitterness and a grassy finish.  the alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 35.  The mixing of the dry hopping with this saison has made for a great tasting beer.  Make sure to pick up a bottle and give it a try.

Commercial Description: Smells like a sunny day in a spring hayfield. Spicy black pepper notes and orange zest are present on the palate with subtle use of noble hops to provide refined bitterness and structure.  Saisons are traditionally brewed in cooler months to provide a refreshing beer to be enjoyed over the summer by seasonal workers “Les saisonniers”. The notoriously open-ended style has changed over time making true definition difficult with both alcohol content and flavor profile evolving.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  If you can’t get hold of a slice of traditional flamische, try this with quiche or pizza and a garden salad. Similarly you can substitute sole meuniere for BC trout or salmon!

Cheese Pairing as per brewery: Salty Goats Cheeses – Soft or Hard –balance the freshness of the Beer. Hard Cheeses like Comte or Appenzeller.

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