Saisons are also known as Farmhouse beers. Most of them are found in the Wallonia region of Belgium, located in the Southwestern part of the country. The Wallonia region is known for farming. In the early to mid 20th century, farmers would hire Saisoners (farm hands) for the summer months to work the land. During the winters, the farm owners would brew beer on the farms called Saison for the summer workers who were each entitled to 5 liters of beer per day. The Saisons, whether modest or strong in alcohol are known for being tart, a little funky, light on the palate, dry, fruity, spicy, complex and very quaffable.
Brett Saison pays tribute to the Farmhouse Style’s rich history. As the name implies, this family of beers was born on a farm, and was brewed for centuries before the advent of modern microbiology. As such, there can be little debate that until Louis Pasteur wandered into Carlsberg with his swan necked flasks, all Saisons were likely riddled with Brettanomyces and a bouquet of other microflora. With Brett Saison we seek to pay homage to this tradition using modern scientific technique. We begin by brewing a very traditional, dry Saison of moderate strength with one solitary Farmhouse yeast strain. Next, we dry hop with the international brood of Sorachi Ace from Japan, Motueka from New Zealand and Hallertau Blanc from Germany. Finally, we bottle condition with two unique strains of Brettanomyces isolated near the municipality of Beersel in the province of Flemish Brabant, Belgium. The result is dry, effervescent, fruity, funky and complex. In short, a modern tribute to a classic.
Pours a luminous straw gold with a snowy-white summit. Lively aromas of guava, kumquat, pineapple and baked peaches give way to complex flavors of tangerine, pie cherry, banana and dill. Brett Saison finishes with a dry, effervescent and balanced bitter snap.
Saisons are very diverse with food as they are acidic, bitter, and fruity. Salmon cakes, crab cakes, rib eye, shrimp salad, avocado and tomato salad. Grilled white fish with lemon. Thai Red Snapper with spicy tamarind sauce. Fried- fish, clams, and calamari. Sausages work wonderfully - North African merguez, chorizo, seafood, Toulouse, bratwurst, venison, boudin noir. Thai food and Vietnamese food pair wonderfully with Saison.