61 / 100
From a squealer purchased from the brewery by Sam, who shared it with me. Brewed with peppercorns and rye.
Pours a dusky golden hue with a minimal, thin head of white that sits in a tiny ring around the edge of the glass. Body is fairly light and mild, with some fine carbonation running through it. Head retention is minimal, as is the lacing. Looks pretty standard, but not bad.
Nose is slightly gritty and grainy, with a bit of earthy funk and a suggestion of dried apricots. On the back is something a little floral as well. Not much hint of the pepper. There's some interest there, but overall it's not something that has really gripped me by the balls from first try.
Taste is a little better. Here there's a slightly clean acidity towards the back, giving a lightness and bite that counterbalances some of the earthiness. Some very faint zestiness runs through the centre of the palate as well—which is another good balance because the body feels a little dank and grainy. Overall, it's not bad.
Feel is mild, but with a bit of weight through the centre.
Overall, it's a pretty drinkable brew. As the first beer I've had from a new brewery, it's a little underwhelming, but it's a solid enough Saison.