Shipwreck Saison

Saison Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company


Shipwreck Saison, a Belgian-style Saison by Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company

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Shipwreck Saison is a Belgian-style Saison brewed by Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip glass from a bottle.


The Saison pours a somewhat clear orange gold and is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense, puffy white foam that shows good retention. Its effervescence is apparent as streams of fine bubbles rise in the glass. A coat of residue clings to the sides and eventually leaves behind a lovely lattice.


The ale was aged in Chardonnay barrels and that’s immediately apparent from the aroma. A strong vinous scent dominates the nose.


A taste of bready malt leads the palate and is promptly flushed with a strong taste of Chardonnay that lingers through the finish. Hints of pepper and a bit of yeasty funk are detected on the backend.


Its feel is soft and smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish is dry, somewhat crisp, and its strong alcohol imparts a light warming sensation.


There are suggestions of yeast and spice typical of a Saison, but otherwise, the vinous character of the Chardonnay overpowers the rest of the brew. But depending on how much you enjoy wine, that could be a good thing. Otherwise, its appearance is lovely, and its ABV—high for the style—is managed well. If you enjoy wine and beer, the Shipwreck Saison could be your pairing.

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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.