I love saisons. It’s another style that I definitely got into from writing this blog. Originally, I preferred hefes, but now it’s all about the saison. This was one that I tried at Troegs that was part of the “Scratch Beer” series.
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Trivia: From the Troegs blog, “When developing a recipe for Scratch #33, I really wanted to somehow incorporate our local central PA flavor into this beer, but alas time kinda slipped away from me and I was unable to research and locate the ingredients before brewing time. So I settled for the next best thing. I went into the Troegs cold storage room and rummaged through our random spice collection to see what I could find. I made all sorts of spice “teas” and decided that the combination of sweet orange peel, elderflower, honeybush, (I have no clue what this is exactly, but it smelled great), and coriander was just what I was looking for to compliment the somewhat fruity and peppery Saison du Pont yeast strain. As far as malt and hops were concerned, I wanted to keep them relatively simple to allow the spiciness of the yeast and herbs to be in the forefront but not overwhelming. I decided on a bunch of wheat (1/2 malted and 1/2 raw), a hint of honey malt to lend a bit of sweetness, and Belgian pale ale malt for a little more authenticity. Hops were German Northern Brewer for bittering and US Tettnanger and Czech Saaz for a little added spiciness and earthiness in the flavor and aroma. If anyone has ever brewed with the du Pont yeast, you will know that it can be a little temperamental especially when it comes to attenuation. To avoid this problem and to enhance the great flavors of this strain, fermentation temperatures were increased to a scary level (at least to the folks in the lab).”
Random: This was another brew that I picked up at the brewery. I bought a six and found out that this is one beer that just does not taste right out of the bottle (I was craving a beer in the hotel room and didn’t have a glass). The character drastically changes once it gets poured into a glass.
This brew poured with a three finger, pure white fluffy head. The head took awhile to dissipate and left significant lacing. The body was a golden-yellow color and cloudy. The visible carbonation was limited due to the cloudiness. On the nose, there is some citrus, but a crazy amount of yeast and biscuit. It’s a bit overwhelming. The taste has the same issue, lots and lots of yeast. There is also a hint of spice, which is to be expected. I also got mandarin oranges as well. There was a lot of carbonation on the brew as well. It reminded me a bit of a Belgian. Although it was a lot of yeast to deal with, I would definitely have again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0