I reckon I’d hate to be a beer judge trying to adjudicate on saisons. It is the beer style with the broadest range of interpretations, from traditional earthy and thirst-quenching to the higher ABV specialty creations. And everything in between.
Partizan brewer Andy has taken a step backwards with some of his saisons which are much lower in alcohol. Falling firmly into the newly-created style of ‘session ales’, the ABV varies a little from batch to batch; but is that not truly the mark of artisanal brewing?
The version we have here comes in at 3.8%, and is a ripper of a little beer. Save it for a warm afternoon and then delight in the light, subtle but succinct character of this beer.
A big lemon citrus aroma and flavour with more than enough farmhouse funk to keep things interesting. Verging on tart the citrus is the hero, but there is some gentle spicing which adds a pleasant prickle on the tongue. The beer is very dry and light, but full of flavour.