Here is another beer that I drank earlier this summer during a short respite from the craziness of my day job. A Saison on a warm summer day, what more could you want?
Beers and front porch lounging with G. Love means peaches, hominy grits, molasses and lemon peel, all funked up with pale and biscuit malts in a saison for sipping. In three-part harmony enters a healthy dose of Brettanomyces to bring tropical, citrus flavors and bold, sweet nose. This foot-stomping beer pours a glowing orange under a fluffy, white head and grooves all the way to its dry finish. G. Love and New Belgium together, making sweet beer and music.
If that’s not an appetizing beer picture I don’t know what is. Mmmm beer.
I wasn’t surprised, and neither should you be, to see that the beer poured a cloudy peach color. Some light penetration is present, that shows a slightly brighter orange color in the liquid. This also makes it easier to see the bubbles streaking up the side of the glass. Head is blink and you’ll miss it fast.
The nose starts out with a basket full of stone fruits (peach, tart cherry, and apricot), plus a touch of pineapple. A green apple and vinegar-like funk is present near the middle. Touches of straw/hay notes were there, but not nearly as noticeable as some Saisons.
Stone fruits come back in the taste. Peach juice and Bing cherries were the first two things I picked up, with a smidge of funkiness that gives your mouth a little pucker. It finishes with some subtle spiciness and a sweet zing of lemon and pineapple. This was a very refreshing Saison and perfect for the day it was drank on.
As far as Saisons go this one wasn’t that dry, with mouthfeel being light-to-medium. It dries up rather quickly and leaves some clingers behind.
There are too many beers and not enough time. As much as I enjoyed this beer I couldn’t help but feel that something was lost in the 10 months in sat in my beer cellar. The molasses and lemon flavors were very light, but on the other hand I think the Brettanomyces was able to take hold and bring out some interesting flavors that might not have been noticeable in a fresh bottle. I could see this being popular with non-beer drinkers…and then they would get tanked on its 9.4% ABV.
Overall: 8 out of 10
As a SAISON: 7 out of 10
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