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Sour Saisons

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Zach136, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Zach136

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    I had a glass of Allagash Interlude on NYE and thought the Farmhouse and Brett yeast strains were an AWESOME combo. What are some other Sour Saisons you guys would recommend?
     
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    Southampton Peconic but it might be even harder to acquire than the one Brett just pictured. (Unless it gets made again.)
     
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    HF Arthur
     
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    as a Fantome fanboy i have to know what this is
     
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    Both this and Anna I found to be awesome and sour
     
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    Not sure if you are specifically only looking for sour saisons (as opposed to saisons using brett and/or wild yeast), but here is a list of relatively easy to get brett/wild yeast saisons that are pretty good:
    Victory Helios (for $3-4 a bomber, this is great)
    Anything Jolly Pumpkin
    Fantome Saison
    Goose Island Sofie (though I didn't particularly like the most recent vintage, maybe it needs time)
    Boulevard Saison Brett (which we should get in GA upon its release this year)
    Grassroots Wachu Saison

    That should be a good start for you.
     
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  8. xenjoiii

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    Batch 4 Arthur is not nearly as tart as batch 3.
     
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    I know Tired Hands in PA has made a few of them. Ooey Gooey being one of them. I wish they would bring that one back.
     
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    Fantome Extra Sour.

    My friend StarRaptor shopped this pic for me when I was ISO.
     
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    I just reviewed Iron Hills, Oak Aged Saison De Sorachi. I would call this a "sour" saison. Lots of wild yeast in there to make it fun.

    Cheers!
     
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    Jester King Das Wundekind and Das Uberkind are both great Sour Saisons!
     
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    Heinz Malt Vinegar.
     
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    Not sure on the exact batch numbers, but I agree that the current batch of Arthur is really dialed back on the sourness. The last couple batches before that were quite tart though, particularly the "blue label" Arthur.
     
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    I just had HF Vera Mae and really loved the tartness in that one.
     
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    Bruery saison rue
     
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    I'm going to have to completely, and respectfully, disagree with this.
     
  18. tigernipples

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    Why is that?
     
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    Ive had a super funky CCB Guava Grove that was phenomenal.

    Every time I walk into the Parrothead in Shelby, OH they just pour me a Sofie because that shit is amazing.
     
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  20. cfrances33

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    Just because I really got zero tartness out of it. There is a nice earthiness thanks to the Brett, but that's about it for me. Just giving the OP a contrary opinion.
     
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    I have to go with cfrances on this one....personally didn't find Saison Rue sour at all.
     
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    +1 Boulevard Saison-Brett...although sour isn't my first thought on this one.
     
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    Dry & funky is not sour.
     
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    Below is the description in the Notes section for the BA review of Allagash Interlude:

    “Two yeast strains were used to create this unique 9.5% ABV Belgian style ale. The first, a Belgian farmhouse yeast, establishes the flavor foundations of a classic Belgian-style ale. The second, a house strain of Brettanomyces yeast, brings it to the next level contributing an intriguing myriad of flavors including pear, apricot, graham cracker, and bread crust. Finally, a portion of the Interlude is aged in French Merlot and Sirah oak barrels, which impart a distinctive vinous plum character and a drying, almost tannic finish.”

    I personally have not had Interlude but I find the above description interesting. Firstly, the word “sour” is not used at all. Maybe the “tannic finish” can be perceived as “sour”?

    I was also fascinated by the flavors attributed to the Allagash house Brett strain: “an intriguing myriad of flavors including pear, apricot, graham cracker, and bread crust.” I have homebrewed using Brett (along with a ‘regular’ Belgian ale yeast strain). My homebrewed beers are extremely funky (in a barnyard sense). It appears that the Allagash Brett strain is not a funky strain.

    I will have to try Allagash Interlude someday; that beer ‘reads’ as an intriguing beer!

    Cheers!
     
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    So many wants in this thread!
    Also convinced me to try Sofie again.
     
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    Anchorage brewing Tides and its takers and Love Buzz.
     
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    The Anchorage Love Buzz saison is fanastic. Even some of his non-saisons are very saison'y (bottled with brett and aged in wine barrels).

    Also if you have a Quebecois trader, Le Trou du Diable makes some very interesting saisons.
     
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    Grassroots Sankt Hans deserves a better score than it currently has, and is an excellent tart Saison.
     
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    CCB Guava Grove is fantastic.
     
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    Agreed. Solid brew, but I wouldn't call it sour.
     
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    Do it, you'll wonder why you don't drink it more often. Also, 1 year old Sofie > current vintage Sofie
     
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    I've made that statement for the last three years. Sofie with a year on it is a beautiful thing, same thing Matilda does after a year or so, just gets better.
     
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    if that is tart then some of their 'saisons' are full blown sours.
     
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    I opened a HF Anna on Sunday (in bottle probably 6 months) that had a slight tartness. Nowhere near Flora, or even Vera Mae (this year's), but it was damn nice.
     
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    Logsdon Soezon Bretta (sp?) was nice. It made me want to try more of their beers.
     
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    I opened an Anna NYE and thought the same.
    Actually, every HF saison has gotten significantly better (to me) with 3-6 months on it.They seem to take on a bit more tartness and the rest of the flavors really come together.
    Not a huge fan of anything other than Arthur fresh.

    Curious how the latest batch of Arthur is in a few months since it is significantly less tart from the get go.
     
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    Hoping the same Jeff! Haven't had Anna in a while and I'll have to soon. Wish I had more Vera, probably their best standard lineup beer if you ask me!
     
  38. cfrances33

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    Bitter Monk is another fantastic one that could pass for a saison with some age.
    Dulcis Succubus really surprised me the first time I had it. Tart and delicious.
     
  39. xenjoiii

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    Batch 4 coincided with the release of BoT. Batch 3 was on the shelf from late summer up until mid-novemberish. I know that batch 4 spent some time in 500L French Oak Puncheons. I heard (not sure on this) that it was also dry hopped.
     
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    Two that stand out in my mind are Logsdon's Peche 'n Brett and McKenzie's Saison Vautour Du Bois (which I think was shared by Immobilisme when I tried it).
     
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