Saturday, February 18, 2012

Foret Saison

Type: Saison/Farmhouse
Origin: Tourpes, Belgium
Price: $10.99/750 mL
ABV: 7.5%
NSP: 5.12 (unscaled)
website...? Couldn't seem to find an official site.

I was pretty surprised when I looked through the browse pull-down menus on the right side of the page and didn't find this one. I figured one of the other drunken hooligans on this blog would've gotten to it by now.

My saison experience is relatively limited, to be quite honest. I've tried a couple here and there, and reviewed the Boulevard Tank 7, and decided I needed to dig into the style a bit more (note to self- good decision). By most accounts, Foret is an archetypical example (though the bottle refers to Saison Dupont as the originator...though I wouldn't expect they'd give credit to any other brewery as such given that Foret's made at Dupont too), so it seemed a good place to start.

It's got a nice fluffy head that collapsed on the sides, leaving what looked like a marshmallow floating on top. The nose is really interesting- half wit (in yeast terms, not wheat), half pilsner- fruit and spice from the yeast, and some skunk from the hops. And the flavor pretty much follows the same beat, barley sweetness and citrus and funk. It's crisp and refreshing and really delicious.

I'd be curious to do a head-to-head with this and Saison Dupont, just to see the difference (other than $3, 1% ABV, and organicality). Brendan didn't mention any notable hop character, which Foret definitely has. But everything else sounds pretty much identical. Perhaps a saison tasting is on tap, gents/drunken hooligans?

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