Farmhouse ales were traditionally brewed throughout the Kingdom of Flanders, which now incorporates parts of France, Belgium and The Netherlands. And while there is some commonality to the style, farmhouse ales probably have the greatest variance of any established beer style.
That is because the beers were made using ingredients specific to the area, or dependent on the produce of the particular farm. Farmhouse ales really were a reflection of the region, particularly the yeast used in the beer.
This beer from La Debauche is quite a delicate farmhouse ale, with the flavours and aromas more subtle than some of the saisons we’ve enjoyed from say our Belgian brewers.
It pours a light straw colour, with a definite cloudiness. The aroma is of grainy malt with a little fruitness and light funk.
The beer is crisp and light, quite grainy in the texture. Even early on, the beer is quite dry, with not a lot of fruit sweetness. Looking for fruit it is more in the form of dried fruits like apricot or pineapple.
The hops add a firm level of bitterness without any real fruity flavours, and the beer finishes with a little spicy, peppery bitter aftertaste. It is really refreshing, and a great thirst quencher, and that is what this style of beer was designed for.