From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Bayard Farmhouse Saison”. Check out the tasting panel I was part of for this beer at Whats Brewing magazine. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head with some retention. The aroma consists of citrus, orange, pepper and a citrus find in the finish. The flavour is of lots of citrus and tons of orange rind, pepper, herbal notes, crackery malts and a grassy and mild bitter finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 25. I enjoyed this beer but I found the citrus rind a little strong for my liking as it took on a bit of an odd bitterness.
Commercial Description: He’s back and better than ever! – Hero of many a legend, Bayard the horse perpetually outwits any attempt to control him & fearlessly blazes his own path. He symbolizes the free spirit not to be tamed. Wild by nature, this Saison is the happenstance of unique yeasts & bottle-conditioning, & is just the thing for celebrating the things we cannot control.
Food pairing as per brewery: Asian & Middle-Eastern cuisine, spicy, funky & creamy cheeses
From Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Patio Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of peppery notes, lemon and yeast. The flavour is of pepper, spice, yeast, citrus, citrus rind with low bitterness levels. This beer is not super dry but it is also not overly sweet. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 25. Personally this is exactly what I am looking for in a good saison. you can pick up a growler fill right now at the brew pub.
Commercial Description: Citrus and pepper from the farmhouse ale yeast used in this beer dominate the palate. Unlike the traditional ultra dry beers typical of the saison style, this beer is brewed with a healthy quantity of flaked oats to give it a fuller body. This allows a lower alcohol content that makes this a perfect beer for sessions on the patio.
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Dear James S.M.A.S.H. Saison” a Single Malt and Single Hop beer. The beer pours an cloudy orange gold colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, sweetness, yeast and grassy hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, apricot, citrus, candied sugar, yeast and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 26. Trading Post has a knack of making tasty beers and this one is no different.
Commercial Description: Dear James refers to a letter written to HBC Chief Trader James Murray Yale, urging him not to marry a woman for whom he had been enamoured with during his first years at the fort. Ignoring the outrageous pleas, James married the woman he loved and fathered two daughters with her. Known as the quintessential artisanal brew, this farmhouse style Saison, has notes of apricots, citrus and spice. Brewed using Bohemian pilsner malt and Mosaic hops, this complex and refreshing beer shimmers a golden straw colour and is perfect for farmers.
From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Old Barn Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of yeast, bubblegum, spices and sweetness. The flavour is of yeast, pepper, rye spice, grainy malts, citrus rind, bubblegum and banana. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30 – 35. This is an interesting take on a saison and I quite enjoyed it.
Commercial Description: A very aromatic flavourful, golden brew, with spicy, peppery and fruity notes. The classic Strisselspelt and New Zealand Pacific Jade hops make for a very engaging hop profile for this beer. This is our take on the classic, refreshing and unassuming, yet delicious Belgian beer. Surprisingly light, but packs a punch of flavour to enjoy. Variety of malts, including Munich, Cara Vienna, Rye and Pilsner malts. Hops include Warrior, Strisselspalt and Pacific Jade. Peppercorns and orange peel are also added.
Food pairing as per the brewery: This farmhouse brew, goes well with farmhouse foods. Think French provincial cuisine, strong cheese and flavoursome salads.
From Steamworks Brewing in Collaboration with Dageraad Brewing both located in Burnaby comes their “East of East Van” Saison. The beer was brewed at Steamworks Brewing and bottled with Dageraad Brewings hand bottler. It was then transferred to Dageraad Brewing to be bottle conditioned at Dageraad. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pepper, lime and Belgian yeast. The flavour is of pepper, lime, citrus peel, Belgian yeast and some malts in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 25. This was a really enjoyable collaboration with lots of complexity.
Commercial Description: Steamworks has been busy collaborating with their fellow Burnaby based brewers at Dageraad Brewing. Aptly named the “East of East Van Bottle Conditioned Saison”, these two river city brewers have crafted a beer worth crossing Boundary Ave for. This exotic saison features black lime and white pepper, which gives it a spicy aroma, crisp flavor and dry finish. Steamworks brewmaster Julia Hanlon expands upon the release: “We wanted to celebrate our brewery’s Burnaby roots with our friends at Dageraad. The addition of black limes make for a really unique release and it’s our first Bottle Conditioned beer at Steamworks, who better to team up with, than Dageraad, who are experts at the art of bottle conditioning!”.