Here's the label for the new Saison we've been working on. It seems to have hit the Twitterverse this afternoon and everyone's a' buzz.
For those of you unfamiliar with the style check out the wiki page
for further info.
We've brewed our Saison De La Ceinture Flechee with a heavy dose of nose thumbing towards the winter season, striking a balance between drinkability and full flavour that you won't find in other beers of similar alcohol contents.
The yeast was sourced from two different farmhouse breweries (one Belgian, one French - yes! It is possible for the wine snobs to make good beer). So far it has shown aromas and flavours of apple, peach and cloves.
We've also chosen a mixed bag of malt barley and malted wheat for a full fruity flavour. The beer will be bottled unfiltered so expect the yeast to drop to the bottom of the bottle and leave a skiff behind as well as some cloudiness from the protein in the wheat.
This beer is similar to the farmhouse beers that were at one time very popular in Belgium and France - certainly long before the skunky european lagers that are prevalent throughout the region these days.
A note to those who have asked: No this beer will not be served at the local celebration of French/Metis culture. Their sponsor this year is a brewery with their head offices in Golden, Colorado - I'm making no judgement call here at all since the arts and festivals of Manitoba need as many supporters as they can possibly muster. We wish them both a long and fruitful relationship.
I will pose this question though: If you canoed/portaged your way clear across Canada, would you accept a glass of lite beer, or would you appreciate a full flavoured, locally brewed ale that reminds you of home?
Labels: Business of Beer, Saison De La Ceinture Flechee, The Beers