Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there's been a massive revival; especially in the US. This is a very complex style; many are very fruity in the aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness. Lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness. Either way, we decided to take another stab at one of the most traditional and "old world" beer styles, the Saison (much to the encouragement of our brewer Ryan Hale, I assume...he likes Belgian beers a lot). The Saison finds it's roots in the brewing practices of Northern France and Belgium. It is a very funky beer style, because it can range in flavors to many different degrees depending on where and who is brewing it. No two Saisons seem to taste, smell, or look exactly the same, yet they can still be classified as the same beer. "Saison" is French for season, because these ales were traditionally brewed in the autumn or winter for consumption during the late summer harvest for farm workers who were entitled to up to five litres throughout the workday during harvest season. As the Saison style originated before the advent of refrigeration, Belgian brewers had to brew in autumn or winter to prevent the ale from spoiling during the storage period. After brewing, the ale was stored until the late summer harvest. Because of the lack of potable water, Saisons would give the farm hands the hydration they needed without the threat of illness. Historically, Saisons did not share identifiable characteristics to pin them down as a style, but rather were a group of refreshing summer ales. Each farm brewer would make his own distinctive version, frequently adding ingredients that would be readily available growing on or around their farm.
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