Saturday, June 04, 2011

Rustic Saison ~ Samuel Adams

Appearance: soft straw and bread crusts under a fluffy white head. Quite active with a steady stream of bubbles. Solid 360 degree collar of lace. Beautiful.

Nose: soft, yeasty, doughy, and phenolic. Coriander, grains of paradise. Floral along edges and back. White pepper. Dandelions and essence of spring. Red cherries, yellow pears, papaya. Banana skins. White cracker crisps. Lemon and orange peel. Fresh coconut shavings. Rose petals.

Palate: clean and surprisingly dry. Pleasantly thirst inducing. Crackers and cracked grains along the edges. Cherry, apple, and pear skins. Rustic and rough along the edges with a rather quick finish. White pepper and grains of paradise in breath. Lemon and key lime peel atop the tongue; lemon ice. Straw and hay – like chewing on a strand of straw.

Final Thoughts: quite tasty if I do say so myself. Jim and Samuel Adams captured the essence of spring and the harvest, the original inspiration for the saison as we know it now. Hopefully I will be able to enjoy this beer come next spring and the spring after that and after that…


(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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