SAISON - SAISONAL
Freestyle Friday is an Arbor Ales institution that celebrates the endless possibilities of brewing. We were honoured to be invited along for this improvisational brew at the legendary local brewery.
Together we produced a strong farmhouse ale fermented with an authentic Belgian Saison yeast and turned it on it's head with an overdose of the boldest, fruitiest, most potent hops grown. A refreshing crisp, dry and spicy beer with a big citrus and tropical fruit twist.
500 ML BOTTLES ・ 41l CASK ・ 30L KEYKEG ・BOTTLED ON: 25/11/13 ・ BEST BEFORE: 25/11/14 ・ ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1051 ・ FINAL GRAVITY: 1009 ・ IBU: 35
Veering off course from our usual Maris Otter pale malt, this beer was steeped with Lager, Munich, Wheat and Biscuit malts. Lager malt is kilned slightly cooler than pale malts, offering a more delicate flavour to the beer, to let the yeast do the talking. Munich is found in traditional Belgian beers, adding a rich sweetness, and another Belgian favourite, Biscuit malt offers a light toasted hint to the spicy fruits of this Saison.
Wheat is on hand to maintain that white, fluffy head.
An absurd amount of Citra and Galaxy join forces in this brew. The potent resinous qualities of Citra allow a bold tropical fruit punch with a light bittering on the finish. Galaxy throws in flavours of grapefruit, melon and pineapple to lighten the beer and compliment the clove spices of that beautiful Belgian yeast.
Fermented with Belgian Saison yeast.
This beer is bottle conditioned. This means that instead of filtering all the yeast out of the beer and injecting CO2 to make it fizz, we keep the yeast in and let the beer go through a secondary fermentation in the bottle. It's the same process Champagne makers use. It creates it’s own natural carbon dioxide resulting in a light fizz that we think is a more refined texture and mouthfeel. The beer is alive. It is unfiltered, un-fined and unpasteurized.
The process does leave some yeast sediment in the bottom, so pour in one smooth motion if you want to leave it in the bottle.
At Arbor Ales, Bristol.
Store upright in a cool dark place.
We use the finest ingredients possible and avoid any unnecessary chemicals or processing aids. We do not pasteurize, filter or clear our beers with synthesised chemicals. The result is that they don’t always have perfect clarity, but we feel this is a sacrifice worth making for keeping anything unnatural out of our beer.
This beer is vegan friendly.