Back in 2015 we first met Val (who would later establish Brasserie Atrium with his wife Paula) when we went to visit Dany at Brasserie Fantome. Val was planning his brewery – which he then thought he’s open in Paula’s native Brazil – and was seeking some guidance from one of Belgium’s most renowned saison brewers.
So it comes as no surprise that the first beer Val and Paula produced in their new brewery was a saison, which they named The One.
And a really decent saison it is, too. Maybe a little higher in ABV than is traditional, it has a slightly hazy golden body with a pillowy white foam.
Lots of funky saison yeast character in the aroma, with grainy malt and a little fruit and spice. This all follows through in the flavour with a crisp, light grainy malt body supporting the citrus, peppery spice, slightly herbal flavours that fill the mouth.
It feels quite smooth at first, giving way to a dry lingering spicy finish. Pretty much everything you’d ask for in a classic Belgian Saison.