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Leapbeer Reviews – An Evening of Saisons

Recently I shared a trio of Saisons that I’d been eagerly awaiting with my sister. The three for that evenings tasting were, Saison Diego by Green Flash, Wasteland Elderflower Saison by Elysian and Saison Sauvin by 8 Wired Brewing. It was the beginning of the fall, and with the last harvests coming in it felt fitting to honor the ale of the farmhand.

First up was Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Company in California. I was really curious to see how the added spices (see quote below) added and played together in this Saison. The bottle has right on it, ale brewed with Spice. There is no ABV listed on the bottle, but I can find it out thru Untappd. This is a loudy golden coloured beer. It smells a bit sweet, but it also smells like a golden ale yeast. It sounds like a cop out, but this beer has a very beer smell. It’s definitely Saison-esque, although it is lighter than I expected. I would say that it is more reminiscent of an original style of Saison, where it was made to quaff the thirst of the farmhands. It is a very refreshing beer. You get flavours of spice, a bit peppery, but others as well. I really like it. Not much of a head on it, slightly carbonation. Rim of light bubbles. A very easy finishing, easy drinking Saison. Here’s the notes from their website (link below).

Unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, brewed with Seville orange peels, Chinese ginger and grains of paradise. Light, bright, spicy aromas, lively carbonation and earthy flavors co-mingle with musty notes that add funky complexity.

Leapbeer #253 is Saison Diego by Green Flash Brewing

Brewery: Green Flash Brewing of San Diego California
Released: Unknown
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/4.3% ABV
Availability: Limited
Purchased @: Top Shelf Liquor Store
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Leapbeer Review #150 Five by Upright Brewing Company

Having never seen the Upright beers until earlier this year I was very curious about their naming structure. The Top Shelf Liquor store in Courtenay stocks three of them, and this is the first one I got. I picked it because it was the first one to mention Hops on the back.

Here’s what it says on it.
Five is a hoppy beer, starting with a strongly aromatic and spicy nose. On the tongue, deep herbaceous flavors underscore a firm bitterness that lasts through a dry finish. This beer is made with pale and caramel malts, rolled barley, willamette, liberty and perle hops and a unique saison yeast. Pour into your favorite glass, whatever that may be, and  enjoy!”

This isn’t the first saison on the leapbeer journey, and likely not the last. It is a very strange and lovely style of beer that has the ability to be represented in so many ways. The five indeed has a very strong aromatic profile. You get the peppery saison smell right on the nose. It also tastes quite sour, as any good belgian style yeast will yield in a brew. It sips quite nicely and is a relatively lower test beer, making it great for session drinking (5.5% ABV).

My bottle had a considerable amount of sediment in the bottom and for the 2nd glass of it I really gave the last few bits a swirl to get it out. My glass is now completely opaque amber and the sourness has been turned up quite a bit. The balance between the hops the sour yeast and the subdued malts is very nice in this beer.

Leapbeer #150 is Five (5) by Upright Brewing Company of Portland Oregon

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