100 Barrel Series session 47: Saison Various (Harpoon Brewing Company)

Style: 4 Blended Saison

6.1% ABV

34 IBU’s

Color: 14 EBC

Brewed In: July 2013

From: Boston, MA

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Brewer’s Note: “In the spirit of collaboration, Ryan balanced East Kent Goldings hops with coriander and white peppercorns while Jamie stayed true to the farmhouse tradition of brewing without spices. Rich’s citrusy hops profile complemented Ethan’s American hops and a Trappist yeast strain. The combined result is Saison Various: a refreshing blend of saisons, brewing sensibilities, and unique ingredients.”

DSCN4475 The beer’s label is elegant and complex, displaying a lot of information, but never giving us the bottled on date, which is too bad.  I like the crisp layout of the label and the elegance that it permeates, but oveall I don’t see this as an amazing label.  My eyes would pass over it on the shelves, though they may pick up on the elegance.  This label is not worthy of the shelf, but is worthy of scrapbooking for its informative elegance.

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The beer pours an oranging, golden color.  The beer pours with a nice medium sized head of soapy bubbles that fizzles down to a scrim.  In body, the beer is clean and clear of particles, though slightly hazy.  On the nose the beer smells freshly peppery with a terrific grainy malt and a touch of coriander and peppercorns.  Crisp yet funky yeast characters come through nicely, giving the beer a rich, almost caramelly texture to the nose.  On the tongue, the beer tastes sweetly funky, with a nice dry finish and a light, funky acidity.  Hoppy bitters also work well to balance the beer.  In flavor, the beer tastes of crisp grass and hay, with a touch of caramel that moves into light, grassy funk.  The finish brings thick notes of pineapple and light citric lemon that gives a small pop of tartness to the mouth.  The finish lasts in the mouth for quite a while, layering complexity upon the pineapple, and eventually drawing back to the grassy hops, cardamom, and pepper spices which linger in the mouth.  In the mouth, the beer feels crisp and sharp on the tongue with a slightly fierce carbonation, a prickly yet syrupy mouthfeel, and medium plus weighted body.  The mouth is left with a light acidity, and some nice saliva around it.  Overall, this is a superbly complex saison with great qualities being brought out by blending.  This beer would pair wonderfully with any number of foods, and though its carbonation is a little fierce, it works nicely with the beer.  This is one hell of a blended saison that really pleases the taste buds.

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4.28/5

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