Les Grisettes

Saison Green Bench Brewing Co.

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Les Grisettes, a Belgian-style Saison by Green Bench Brewing Co.

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Les Grisettes is a Belgian-style Saison brewed by Green Bench Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The Saison pours a clear gold and is topped by a finger-width cap of white foam that holds briefly. A steady stream of bubbles rises continuously in the glass.

Aroma

The aromatics are funky with a hint of lemon zest.

Flavor

Palate blends a bed of malts that are pure barnyard hay with flavors of tart citrus, pepper, and a dose of yeasty Brettanomyces.

Mouthfeel

The feel is crisp and effervescent with a light body and ample carbonation.

Overall

The taste profile could use greater intensity while its use of Brett is subdued. On the other hand, appropriate for a farmhouse ale, Les Grisettes makes for a nice session beer; one that’s refreshing and oh so easy to crush.

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About the Saison

Also known as a Farmhouse Ale, the Belgian Saison originated as a rustic ale provided for farmhands in French-speaking Wallonia. The modern Saison by Dupont was produced in the 1920s. Its mouthfeel is dry and ranges from light to medium with high carbonation. Typically golden in color, the style can also appear amber or brown. Its palate is either bittered or soured with citrus fruit flavors, earthy or spicy hops, and possibly spiced. Darker versions may be a little sweeter. Regardless of the variation, the Saison yeast character is an absolute must.