Scratch Beer 139 - 2014 (Belgian Style Saison) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #139 represents our interpretation of the classic Belgian-style ale – the Saison. This once near-extinct ale was brewed in farmhouses during the winter months, then stored until the summer when it was served to the farmers, or seasonal workers (“saison” is French for “season”). Keeping with a French theme, we use a strain of French Saison yeast to enhance the mouthfeel, which lends a rich, silky texture and dry, champagne-like finish. The result is a mouthwatering, generously carbonated Saison with a tangy citrus character, sweet malt backbone, and contrasting peppery spiciness. À la vôtre!

Added by orangesol on 04-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over about 3 minutes to leave a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell of the brew is sweet and delicious. It has a quite strong aroma of candied sugar and banana as well as some lighter tangerine and light fruit aromas of peach and apricot. Along with these sweet aromas are some nice light spice aromas of clove and black pepper as well as a bit of grass and some hay. Overall the aroma is very inviting.

Taste – The taste begins as would be anticipated from the smell, with a sweet flavor of candied sugar and some lighter fruit flavors of orange and apricot. Some very light pepper flavors are present from the start with these later being joined by some flavors of a very light clove and coriander spice. During the increase in spice, some yeasty and a rather strong banana flavor develop on the tongue. Toward the end, a light grassy and hay-like flavor develop, leaving a nice sweet but very easy going and enjoyable saison flavor to sit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation that is a bit on the higher side. The higher carbonation suits the sweet candied sugar and lighter yeasty and grassy flavors quite well making this a rather good mouthfeel overall.

Overall – This was a quite tasty Belgian season. I would certainly like to see this become a regular option by Troeg’s. Quite delicious.

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Scratch Beer 139 - 2014 (Belgian Style Saison) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 39 ratings