Style: Mixed Fermentation Saison brewed with Hibiscus & Lemon
Brewery’s Note: “Saison brewed with Hibiscus and Lemon. An hommage to our brew day at Fantôme.”
The beer pours a raspberry red color, somewhere in the “pink-toned ruby” vicinity, as my lady-love put it. It pours with a thick mousse of tiny, whipped bubbles that are a slightly off-white color. The head fades quickly, leaving a spattered sheeting of slightly frothy bubbles on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is cloudy, and nearly opaque, but with a radiant bright color. On the nose, the beer smells distinctly of HF funk. Think strawberries, jam, lemon, lime, a touch of OJ, and a light farmhouse musk with a hint of hay and grass. There is a light earthiness to the nose that blends salinity, a touch of pool water, and an herbal earthiness that has just a hint of spice to it. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet, then slowly dries out with mellow citric tartness, berry sweetness that smoothes into mild breadiness mixed with mellow herbal bitters. In flavor, it tastes of strawberry jam, tart lime, herbal bread, a touch of hay, barnyard, and some light chalkiness. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied, with a full carbonation that fluffs the tongue and provides a nice touch of effervescent scrubbing. The mouthfeel is crisp, slightly prickly, and smooth. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left dry with a touch of astringency on the very edges, and some nice mellow saliva on the tongue that lightly oozes over the edges. Overall, this is a crushable, delicious, summer in a glass. A beautiful citric acidity helps to pop the funk and ups the drinkability. Delicious, flavorful, and yet complex and worthy of a contemplative and slow drink. Another delicious beer from the Hill’s, but I think that was a foregone conclusion. Drink it when you can.