Saturday, September 1, 2012

Petite Raspberry Saison - Review

Appearance - Hazy, reddish orange, normally dense 2 finger head that clings to the glass till the last drop.  This time it seems to have big bubbles in it, must be a dirty glass.

Aroma - Bready pils aroma, spicy and yeast fruity phenolics, and a light whiff of raspberries

Taste - Slight sweetness offset by the tartness of the fruit, definite raspberry flavor, but it doesn't dominate the beer.  Fruity yeasty flavors, each sip finishes with a hint of raspberry and black pepper, really great profile

Mouthfeel - Relatively highly carbonated 2.5vols (by my standards), prickly on the tongue, medium-light amount of body

Drinkability - This beers is really great! And its going to be re-brewed quite often. The only reason I had enough left for this review is that I forgot I had it around. I took it off gas while I was out of town to carb up an extra keg. When I got home I forgot the raspberry was in another fridge.  I just rediscovered it this weekend in fact, so I'm a happy camper.

Notes/Thoughts - Beer really is great, early on it was a bit sweeter and more raspberry-like, this has evolved into a slightly drier, more peppery beer which is really good as well. The body makes it more like a table beer than a commercial style saison, but I think too many commercial saisons are too big, and too dry. This could be mashed at a slightly decreased temp without too much being taken away from the otherwise great flavors, making it a bit drier.

Brewday - 3/29/12 - Recipe & Notes


Shawn said...

Looks good. I recently brewed a "Super" Saison, and racked about 2 gallons into secondary about a month and a half ago. I racked onto raspberries as well, and pitched the bottle dregs of a Fantome Saison to see if anything funky would happen (although the FG was already pretty low at 1.004). Going to leave it for another couple of months before bottling.

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