Yes the arrival of summer means that it’s the season for one of my favorite beer styles: Belgian Saison (aka Farmhouse Ale).
Saisons are complex: fruity/tart, spicy, a tad bitter, and with just enough malt backbone to support everything else going on. A good adjective for Saison is effervescent as it elegantly proceeds down through the taste buds. A high level of carbonation adds to the effervescent feel.
Today we’re releasing Saison DuRok: a beer that we’re quite excited about! We used the zest from a bag of organic Valencia oranges along with 5.5 ounces of ground Indian coriander as the spices for this brew, which has fermented quickly and fully to a hearty 7.1 % ABV!
Brewers: we use Wyeast’s French Saison yeast for Saison DuRok. I’m a huge fan of that yeast strain and strongly recommend it.
Here’s a little background on the style from bjcp.org:
A seasonal summer style produced in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. Originally brewed at the end of the cool season to last through the warmer months before refrigeration was common. It had to be sturdy enough to last for months but not too strong to be quenching and refreshing in the summer. It is now brewed year-round in tiny, artisanal breweries whose buildings reflect their origins as farmhouses.
Stop on by the Parched Eagle soon to have Saison DuRok on tap!