Beer Type: Saison ABV: 5.6% IBUs: 23 Tried on draught.
Their Description: “This light bodied saison was dry hopped with Fresh rosemary stalks and jasmine tea. The herbs and tea bring a great floral note and spice characteristic to this beer.”
The Reality: The scent coming from this beer is a wonderful blend of Jasmine, rosemary, orange and malt. The initial flavor has a really nice floral honey-type taste, but not sweet. then you notice the nice level of carbonation and a mild background tartness. The finish is dry and this is where you notice a slight hop bitterness. The aftertaste is clean and fleeting. It drinks light, but is still decently complex.
Final Verdict: This is one of those beers where you can’t identify every component while you’re drinking it, but you just know it’s damn good. It’s fruitless to dissect it too much, and it would take away some of the mystery of why your mouth is so happy. I have been pushing tea as a beer ingredient in previous posts, and here is another great example, especially since this is not a “tea-centric” flavored beer. It’s simply used to build another layer of flavor, while keeping things savory, and the rosemary is a great compliment to that. Plus, there’s plenty of other tiny taste pleasers all playing together in this lovely saison. We’ve all heard that “April showers bring May flowers”, so if that’s true than I hope April (from Parks and Recreation) showers everyday!