Description

Beers in this category are gold to light amber in color. Often bottle-conditioned, with some yeast character and high carbonation. Belgian-style saison may have Brettanomyces or lactic character, and fruity, horsey, goaty and/or leather-like aromas and flavors. Specialty ingredients, including spices, may contribute a unique and signature character. Commonly called “farmhouse ales” and originating as summertime beers in Belgium, these are not just warm-weather treats. U.S. craft brewers brew them year-round and have taken to adding a variety of additional ingredients.

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    4 - 14
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    20 - 38
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    4.4% - 8.4%
Flavor
  • Alcohol
    Mild to Noticeable
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Hop aroma is low to medium. Hop bitterness is medium to medium-high
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Malt flavor is low but provides foundation for the overall balance
  • Yeast Esters
    Fruit (Orange, Lemon)
  • Yeast Phenols
    Pepper
Palate
  • Body
    Soft
  • Carbonation
    High
  • Finish Length
    Short to Medium
  • Attenuation
    83 - 75
Ingredients
  • Hops
    Noble, Styrian, East Kent Goldings
  • Malt
    Pilsner, Munich, Malted Wheat
  • Water
    High sulfate content
  • Yeast
    Ale, Brettanomyces possible
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Brie
  • Entrée
    Seafood (Mussels)
  • Dessert
    Lemon Ginger Sorbet
Appearance
  • Carbonation
    Fast Rising Bubbles
  • Clarity
    Slight Haze
  • Color
    Pale to Light Brown
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