Siren’s Saison

Saison Biscayne Bay Brewing Company

2.5

Siren’s Saison, a Belgian-style Saison by Biscayne Bay Brewing Company

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

Appearance

The ale pours a ruddy amber that’s nearly opaque with just a glimmer of auburn light showing through. It’s capped by a finger-thick head of bone white foam that exhibits remarkable retention. Ample effervescence is visible in the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is musty with a scent of crusty wheat bread.

Flavor

Palate begins with a taste of wheat bread and transitions to a fruity bite of apple. A mild bitterness of citrus hops follows and is mellowed quickly by flavors of yeast, baked bread, and pepper.

Mouthfeel

The feel is on the lighter side of medium with active carbonation that feels prickly on the tongue. The finish isn’t as quite dry as preferred.

Overall

Siren’s Saison is an adequate representation of the style but its use of wheat dominates a palate while fruity esters and spices are underplayed. Otherwise, the tasting is fairly balanced with a lively feel.

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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.