Saison Diego

With a name like this I suppose I was expecting a hopped up, high(er) alcohol Saison. In reality, neither is the case and I believe this is a re-branded version of Summer Saison anyway.

A nice, bright orange body with plenty of cloudiness. The head is creamy and quite thick, although the lace is not very good. Thin, creamy film develops.

The mouthfeel is a little prickly, and to me the beer seems a bit on the highly carbonated side.

Not much sweetness here, the beer gives simple, light tartness and a fairly neutral malt backdrop. The citrus character never gets pronounced or strong by any stretch of the imagination, and the oranges and grains of paradise spice are much more prevalent than any ginger that might have been added. Entirely appropriately, a little white pepper in there too, but it’s quite a gentle beer when all things are considered.

A pretty dry, clean finish, and well defined beer that sits firmly in a box between some simple parameters. Nothing too complex here, it does what it says on the can (except it’s in a bottle). The yeasty spice is quite drying and there might be a touch of lemon, but this beer is relatively muted. I like it.

Nice to see a beer revert back to a lower ABV Saison to bring it a little more in line with traditions.

Saison Diego

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09/16/2012
Format:
bottle
ABV: 4.3 %
Appearance: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
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