Saisons (pronounced “say-zohns”) are refreshingly crisp, often tart beers traditionally brewed in the French-speaking southern part of Belgium known as Wallonia. Originally brewed for summertime consumption, they are now year-round standards at the family table. Le Saisonniere was brewed in the style of a grisette and named in honor of the saisonnieres, seasonal farm workers who toiled in the summer sun and were rewarded with and refreshed by this thirst-quenching beer. These were historically brewed to a lower alcohol content despite the recent industry precedent to create much stronger saisons.
Our grisette is a hazy, bright gold from a complex grist of organic pilsner and wheat malts, plus organic oats, rye, and buckwheat. Subtly hopped with Spalt and Hallertauer hops which contribute balance and a hint of floral character, though the grains are really on display. Tart fruity, spicy grain flavors come from the rye and buckwheat and are bolstered by spice notes and hints of citrus from a special guest yeast strain, that of the famous Brasserie d’Achouffe.
A session beer with Belgian ancestry, this seemingly simple biére de table is surprisingly complex. Served in a traditional tulip glass to emphasize the glowing effervescence and special nature of this delightful little beer.
The CBC Brew Crew
Tulip $5.75 Pitcher $21 Tower $36
OG: 1.044/11*P FG: 1.012/3*P ABV: 4.0%