French 75 | Alesong Brewing & Blending
Alesong Brewing & Blending
Oregon, United States
Style: Belgian Saison
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%
Notes / Commercial Description:
As you may have guessed by the beer name, this beer draws on some inspiration from the classic French 75 cocktail – a refreshing medley of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and champagne. Our version is dry, citrusy and spicy, with a bubbly effervescence that we hope is worthy of the French 75 namesake.
This beer started as a French-style saison – primary fermented in stainless with saccharomyces, then transferred to Old Tom Gin barrels with brettanomyces. It spent nearly 9 months resting in the cellar, picking up citrus, juniper and peppery notes and a subtle brett-induced earthiness. Although it wasn’t the original inspiration for the final beer, we couldn’t help but think of a citrusy, gin-based cocktail – the French 75.
We decided we loved the parallels with this beer and the French 75 cocktail, but to make it a truer representative of its namesake, we thought we’d like to up the gin character slightly and accentuate the lemon side of the citrus notes we were getting. Fresh lemon zest took care of the citrusy aspects and we were lucky enough to have procured the barrels from a local gin producer who generously allowed us to have some spent botanicals for just this purpose. Every gin has its own proprietary botanical recipe, so it was really awesome for us to be able to have the exact botanicals to match the barrels that we’d just aged in for a little secondary bump of the gin character!
Added by smithj4 on 09-07-2017
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French 75 from Alesong Brewing & Blending
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 3 ratings