Ask a Belgian beer lover what the quintessential Saison is and they’d most likely say Saison Dupont (original named Saison Vielle Provision). Brasserie Dupont has only been around since 1950, although this farmhouse style of beer has been around for hundreds of years before. A saison-farmhouse-style beer can be almost anything but most people have agreed upon some standards. Color can be light to amber to dark but most saisons are very light in color. The flavor is always estery and phenolic (spicy, not medicinal) and the body always finishes dry and never sweet. The beer is usually highly carbonated and preferred to be bottle conditioned although in America where we emulate the style, this isn’t the case.
In Colorado, Funkwerks has brought home a gold & silver medals from the GABF for their Saison-style ale. Avery also won a gold for their Liopard Oir Farmhouse Saison at the GABF last year. Other Colorado breweries that have GABF medals for Saison: Backcountry, Aspen and Great Divide. There might be others that I’ve missed but the point is a great saison can be made here in Colorado.
The Yak & Yeti – Saison du Yak is smaller and more sessionable than a traditional 6-7.5% saison (usually referred to as a Saison Grisette) and was designed to be refreshing for the summer months and comes in at 5.3% ABV and 21 ibus. All the flavor and aroma hops are Styrian Goldings Bobek, which are grown in Solvenia. (most traditional Belgian hops are grown in Germany, Czech or Solvenia but many are starting to use American-grown hops for their hoppy Belgian Pale Ales)
Unlike most of our Belgian-style taps that we serve responsibly in 10-oz glassware, we are choosing to sell this in full 16-oz pours. Ahh, so refreshing!
On tap this summer at the Brewpub and select locations around the Denver Metro.