Saison’s To Be Cheerful, One, Two, Three

There’s a lot of collaboration going on in brewing and on the whole it makes for some interesting new ideas and lots of tasty beer.
But one collaboration that I was keen to try was the beer brewed by Home Brewing Hero BrewChap and my old mates at Revolutions Brewing.
The initial brewing was done in BrewChap’s secret lair somewhere in Yorkshire, and I believe that a commercial version of the beer will be brewed back at the Revolutions Ranch.
For now, here’s a three way Saison that made me smile from ear to ear.

Damn Fine Saison (4.5%)
A Saison using some darker malts and maybe even a touch of rye, this is very easy drinking.
Pouring a conker red, the aroma is toffee and lightly spicy bread dough, and taking a swig you are immediately met by a mouthful of cinder toffee, some honey and bran biscuits, and then a meaty pumpernickel works its way into the mix while the yeast keeps the beer feeling round and earthy with woody spices and the hops give you a sharp slap of fresh herbal leaves, a hint of aniseed and lots of pithy hedgerow foliage.
Good stuff.


Damn Fine Sour Cherry Saison (4.5%)
Take an already well made Saison and add sour cherries, if you do it just right, this is what you get.
This beer has all the delightful stuff going on that I’ve spelled out in the Saison, the rich malts and the earthy yeast underbelly, the woodiness and the sharp leafy hops.
But there’s a lovely Black Forest aroma and a hit of tangy meaty fruit from the cherries, making the beer feel bigger and fuller and very satisfying indeed, especially when you feel the pinch of sourness right in the finish.


Damn Fine Cherry Saison (4.5%)
And as for the non sour Cherry Saison, take everything from above but add a really big deep fleshy fruit body.
The cherry is enormous, fun, chewy, sexy, warm and deep, and it really pulls out extra body from the malts, making the beer feel thick and round and very satisfying indeed.
It makes the toffee of the malts feel sticky and it rounds out the edges of the hops, taking out the sharpness and making the finish mouth filling and rich.



Source: BrewChap

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Black Flag Brewery Pale Mosaic Simcoe (5.5%)

Want a slightly cloudy beer with the hops singing love songs of lychee and peach, mango and lemongrass?
Then look no further as Black Flag, who continue to impress, give you just that.
The beer smells of wood yards and citrus orchards and the beer sits a pale gold in my glass.
There’s a very good soft and subtle malt, creamy and smooth from the wheat, you find a little dab of caramel, some runny honey and a vanilla ice cream cone richness, it’s just enough to make the beer round and mouth filling, but it’s those hops and their fruit and pencil shavings, steely herbal leaves, woody tobacco and zesty zing that make this beer so good.

Source: EeBria

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Magic Rock Brewing Co. Half Cut (8%)

What a marvellous thing this is.
A thing of marvellosity in fact.
It’s my new word for Magic Rock.
They embody marvellosity, from their beautiful presentation to their extraordinarily good beer, they simply drip style and class with a good dose of cool tongue in cheek humour.
Half Cut is a Double IPA in a pint can and so Half Cut is what I’ll probably be by the end of it, and and I simply can’t wait as it pours a bright gold with a foaming head of fun.
Everything here is marvellously balanced, balanced with marvellosity, from the malt bill that includes naked oats, adding a smooth creamy underbelly to the experience of soft caramel shortcake and salted honey pop corn, to the tongue twizzling smack of pin sharp hops – T90 HBC438 and Denali, and CryHops in the form of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Amarillo – that hit you with super fresh penny fruit sweets, sherbet lemons, orange marmalade, rolling tobacco, a little bit of resinous goo and a slap of fresh herbal leaves, while the yeast brings a lovely kiss of lightly spiced apricot to the party.
All this goodness is pushed gently forward by the boozy backbone that’s never burning, but instead sexily warm and inviting, leading you to lip puckering Half Cut oblivion.
Magic Rock have Marvellosity.

Source: Cotteridge Wines

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Lost & Grounded Brewers Ltd. Running With Sceptres (5.2%)

A few weeks ago I said that I was getting rather bored with writing about Lagers as they are all so very similar.
Sceptres is a Lagered beer that appears to have been attacked by Citra as there’s a great big hit of fizzy lemon and lime in both the aroma and the flavour.
Initially it nearly knocks everything else out, but slowly the malting comes into its own, building a solid backbone of caramel wafers, honey and brioche while a little light spice works its way up from the yeast through the creamy finish.
All in all, rather pleasant.

Source: Hippo Beers

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The Night Milk Stout Turned Evil

It had been a hot summer’s day and the evening was turning muggy and close.
The food was eaten, the kids were in bed and I’d had a couple of beers while catching up on emails and Twitter feeds.
And as the night drew in and darkness descended I decided that it was Stout time.
I love a Stout to end the evening and I’d got a couple of Milk Stouts in my fridge ready to go.
I brought them in and opened the first one expecting a rich creamy treat, but the beer had other ideas.

Campervan Brewery Mutiny On The Bounty (4.2%)

I’m afraid that whether or not this has got roasted coconut added to it, it’s so flat that the lactose makes Mutiny On The Bounty feel thin and weedy and unpleasantly oily.
Sure there’s a bit of chocolate and a splash of coffee, and there might even be some prunes and a dab of honey, but all of the stuff that ought to make this beer good and drinkable pale into insignificance against the way that this beer feels through being as flat as dish water.
Maybe it’s just this bottle.
Oh, and as for the coconut, it’s nowhere to be found.

Source: Hippo Beers

Galway Bay Brewery Buried At Sea (4.5%)

This is wrong in a completely different way.
Galway Bay’s Milk Stout is far too gassy, making the beer too fizzy, too full of air.
The fizz is alright in and of itself, but there’s just not enough body, the beer is simply not stout enough, and so everything becomes airy and insignificant.
Supposedly brewed with chocolate, the malt body may as well be what is giving that particular flavour as there’s nothing to suggest this extra addition to the recipe.
You also find some biscuits and a touch of honey, and there’s even a hint of green herbal shrubbery from the hops, but everything is far too thin and then made sickly sweet by the oily buttery lactose that pops up in the finish.

Source: EeBria

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