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Saison Dupont (Vielle Provision) – Brasserie Dupont (2012)

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BLC Says
Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont (still labeled as Vielle Provision here in the USA) is considered the standard of this refreshing Belgian farmhouse style. Saison (season in French) originally referred to refreshing ales brewed by farmers to be consumed during the summer. These beers started out around 3% abv but modern interpretations hover closer to 5-6% range. Saison Dupont is 6.5% and most current American saisons copy the yeast used by the Dupont brewery because it ferments better at warmer temperatures. Saison Dupont is popular all over the world and we have had the pleasure of tasting it in several countries including Belgium. This review is of a 2012 bottle purchased and enjoyed locally. We had our bottle of Saison Dupont on New Year’s Eve so this was the first beer enjoyed by BLC in the 2013. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 5th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Scythe & Sickle – Brewery Ommegang (2012)

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BLC Says:
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang was brewed in honor of the harvest season, which is where the fall tie in comes into play. However, those expecting either a pumpkin brew or a darker beer should look elsewhere. Though this is autumn seasonal, there are Belgian elements in play (Ommegang is part of the Duvel family of beers). Ommegang adds oats, wheat, barley and rye to the grain bill of this brew bringing a, “mood of fall”. The body is a deep, hazy gold with a very fluffy white head that eventually settles to a white cap, leaving a substantial amount of lacing. Belgian yeast is front and center in the aroma, with heavy notes of spice and fruit. There is a slight hop note as well as a funky, barn like scent that nicely compliments the others. As varied as the aroma is, the flavor is even more so. Right away you taste yeast, a bit of a funky sour presence, fruit (tart apple and a hint of banana), citrus and a smack of sweetness. Despite all these rich flavors, the mouth feel is full but not overly heavy or thick. A medium carbonation is present and breaks up the flavors a bit. The finish is dry yet inviting, as there is a slightly bitter aftertaste that makes way for a hint of sweet fruit that sticks around. keep reading...

Written by A+K

November 27th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Big Beer Series Farmhouse Ale – Smuttynose Brewing Company (2011)

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We had the pleasure of enjoying this beer on the beach. While not the white, odorless room that is ideal for beer tasting, it was certainly perfect for beer drinking.

BLC Says:
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale pours with a generous head and initally has a distinct lactic peach smell. After it sits for a moment, this deepens to a spiced scent with sour, citrus notes. There is a good amount of carbonation and it presents itself a bit more like a lambic than a traditional saison. Upon taking a sip, the slightly thick, almost waxy mouthfeel is initially noticable and paves the way for the tart, fruity taste that follows. These strong, sour flavors are mouthwatering. This homage to a saison finishes on a woodsy note with a clean break, immediately ridding the mouth of all excess moisture. keep reading...

Written by A+K

August 15th, 2012 at 6:31 pm