|Highest Rated||French Pils (79 / 100)
||Average score||79 / 100 (Excellent)|
|Lowest Rated||French Pils (79 / 100)
79 / 100
500ml brown bottle purchased from Whole Foods, Los Altos. Called it a Saison, despite the name, since it's a pilsner/saison hybrid, and fermented with French Saison yeast.
Pours a cloudy yellow colour, with a very nice, full and frothy head of whipped-meringue white that leaves superb lace. Body is crisp, light and fluid, with very swift, somewhat coarse carbonation. It looks really good.
Nose is rather pleasant. It's certainly tending towards the saison end of the mix, with some clean, sprightly tartness, but is refreshed by a clean singing green note of clipped grass and crushed vegetation from the hops. As it warms, the yeast gives off some peppery notes as well, which just works well with the blend. Very nice.
Taste is also very good, and appears to make the case for this being more of a blend. There's a crisp bitterness on the front that gets balanced once the yeast kicks in. Here, the yeast characters are very spicy and peppery, with crushed pepper and coriander seed coming through quite strongly. Body is light, which doesn't allow some of the sweeter smoother esters come through.
Very drinkable, clean and refreshing. It's actually a really nicely put-together saison in its own right, and yet you can still see the pilsener influences in the slight kick of hop bitterness and the very light body. It's really well done.