Undefeated Saison is a Belgian-style Saison brewed by Funky Buddha Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip glass from a bottle.
Pours a crystal-clear copper and topped by a thick off-white cap of foam that shows modest retention. A soapy collar is left behind following the reduction but no lace or residue.
The aroma is light with a scent that’s predominantly vinous with just a bit of barnyard hay and wet grass.
Its palate begins with a flavor of cracker malt and grape that transitions to a spicy taste of pepper and coriander, backed by floral hops. Finishes dryly with a sweet taste of grape and a warming sensation of alcohol. There’s an earthy and mineral flavor to the background. And occasionally an odd taste of peanut butter.
The dry, fizzy feel is appropriate for a saison with its medium body and ample carbonation.
The use of champagne yeast and grape musts give the saison a sweet, vinous quality not found in other representations of the style. Their usage makes sense when considering the overall concept, but the result is a palate that’s just a bit too sweet.
While still enjoyable, if you’ve been craving a saison, this one may not meet your expectations. Instead, save this bottle for your wine-loving friends.
The brewery recommends the following food pairings with this saison: oysters, spaghetti carbonara, triple cream cheese, grilled shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, quiche, fruit tarts, shortbread, and of course, victory.
This saison was crafted to honor the legendary Miami Dolphins team who completed the first and only Undefeated Season back in 1972. Its use of champagne yeast is no coincidence.
Through the years that follow, the former players celebrate every season with a champagne toast after every NFL team has a lost a game.
Even its ABV has been pegged at 7.2%, a nod to those 1972 Dolphins. And since the ABV is high for the style, it’s considered “super-strength”, another nod to the Fins Super Bowl winning season.
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