It’s been ages since I’ve had a Durham beer.
They’re a brewery I used to love, and this Saison brewed with raspberries, ginger and dark malts reminds me why.
It’s a complicated beer, but a beer worth getting confused over.
The dark malts add an earthy chocolate and toast background and over it the raspberries sing and dance.
They’re fresh and bitter sweet and lovely.
There’s a steely sharp yeasty bite, full of bread dough and hay bales, some farmyard meatiness, and hops that add a light swipe of nettles and hedgerow to the mix, while all the time the ginger whispers from the background as it adds a gentle spicy heat.
I need to get Durham back into my life.
Very good indeed.
Source: Cotteridge Wines