Saison – ‘season’ in French was a style brewed in the French speaking part of Belgium in the 1700’s. It was brewed over winter in preparation for the summer harvest, when it was rationed out to seasonal workers. Saison, then, was around 3.5% alcohol and was brewed out of necessity, as potable water was scarce in rural areas. Each farmer used their own local ingredients and the beers would vary greatly, as did the funkiness and tartness, as wild yeasts and bacteria played a role. Many of the farmhouses became breweries and additional spices and ingredients were added, as well as extra alcohol.
“Summer in a glass”. Notes of black pepper and ripe pineapple balanced with a super dry, refreshing finish making this the perfect accompaniment to a NZ summer.
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