Tis the Saison
Tis the Saison
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Saison (French meaning "season") brews are some of the most sought-after styles of summer beers. Brewed for the consumption of farm workers in Belgium, they were light enough to enjoy plenty of without being owned (up to 5 liters a day), but had plenty of good flavors that made it easy to enjoy. Since the farm days of 3%ABV, today's Saison's are normally between 6-9%ABV but the flavors and structure of the beer haven't changed all that much. Their light, refreshing fruit tones and brilliant acidity make for perfect hot weather sippers and, when paired with almost any dish, bring out flavors and complextion beyond words: the bright fruit tones and unique spice notes make Saisons perfect for hot dishes especially but as light as they seem, Saisons can also over-power a delicate meal. The signature cloudy pour with lively head releases anything from barnyard funk and lemon zest to peach and ginger. The drink is delightfully warm with earthy tones and spice while the finish is usually semi-dry and sometimes mildly sweet of tropical frutis.
If you've yet in indulge in one, stop what you are doing (if you're at work tell your boss I said it was okay to leave work), go get a few, and enjoy! Here are a few to look for when you come into Argonaut:
Colette, Great Divide Brewing Co
Hennepin, Brewery Ommegang
Fantome Saison, Brasserie Fantome
Saison Brett, Boulevard Brewing
Saison Dupont, Brasserie Dupont
Saison Voisin, Geants
Tank 7, Boulevard Brewing
Posted by Mark Fetter on July 18th, 2011 | Permalink
Get Ready to Rumble
Monday, July 4th, 2011
All I need to say about this brew is "yum."
But that would be a boring blog entry.
Released from the brewery a few weeks ago, Rumble is back and ready to conquer any other wood-aged IPAs on the market, and I couldn't be happier. This is hands down one of the most balanced brews combining both taste, and an easy drink. Don't get me wrong, I love big beers just as much as I love session beers but this one has it all. Usually with session beers you are forfeiting some flavor to make it more approachable and something you can actually have a a few without waking up the next day with sharpie all over your face. With big brews you know what you're getting into: bold flavors, big mouth feel, and high alcohol, Rumble is the perfect combination of the two categories. A light nose with notes of vanilla, smoke, and tropical fruits without the boozy alcohol presence is a refreshing twist from most IPAs in the 7%ABV range. The drink is amazingly balanced with tones of candied sugars, citrus, and oak tones not powerful, yet placed easily in the brew for you to enjoy. The beer sees both American and French oak to impart a dry fruit finish that lingers well onto the next sip, this is an extremely flavored brew for how easy it is to drink but at the same time it isn't gutless. At 7.1%ABV, and with a solid flavor profile, this is a perfect beer for heavily seasoned meats, soft cheeses, and grilled fish.
So the next time you are in the mood for a brew with flavor and structure without being a wimp or a bully, get a 6pack of Rumble and enjoy!
Posted by Mark Fetter on July 4th, 2011 | Permalink