Bristol Beer Factory Saison (6.5%)

Over the last year or so there seems to have been a lot of brewers trying their hand at Saisons, some with better results than others.
Bristol Beer Factory’s attempt is pretty good, with a very nice spicy fruit and yeast aroma and an inviting hazy marmalade colour.
For me the flavours share a lot with wheat beers rather than “traditional” Saisons, with a big fried banana backbone, coated in toffee and bitter sweet with burned sugar and cloves.
There’s some lavender and a dash of liquorice too, and then the hops are elderflower and hazel leaf dry, sappy and sharp with lemon and lime juice.
Over all this there’s a very nice yeasty bread dough on clean brushed steel.
However good this is (and Summer Wine’s Saison was terrific too) I had to wonder throughout drinking this if you could really make a Saison in England when the name ought to be specific to French and Belgian (Wallonian?) farmhouse beers.
Then I thought, if you consider just how much Saison DuPont makes then they must have a bloody big farmhouse, so big in fact to be (if you’ll excuse a musical simili) a Major label releasing Indie records.
And so the long and short of it, for me at least, is that I don’t really care what you call this beer, it just tastes really good.


About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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