01 May

Leaf Hop Saison Beer Review

Leaf Hop Saison_Amsterdam Brewery

Leaf Hop Saison is a recent addition to the Amsterdam lineup

Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing 
Style: Saison
ABV: 6%        IBU: N/A

Not your typical saison, this new addition to the Adventure Brew lineup is a great brew with which to welcome the Spring.

Nicely balanced between funky farmhouse flavours and resinous hops, Leaf Hop Saison is brewed with Opal leaf hops and then dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin.

A limited run, this beer is worth checking out while you can! I know I will be enjoying it a bunch more over the next few weeks thanks to the Brewhouse’s close proximity to Mike’s work.

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17 Dec

Oast House Saison | 24 Days of Beer #17

Day 17 - Farmhouse Ale Saison - Niagara Oast House

A lovely cloudy yellow, Oast House Saison makes me think of summer despite the cold


Brewery: Niagara Oast House Brewers
Style: Saison
ABV: 7%      IBU: N/A

This saison pours a cloudy golden yellow with a medium white head of foam. The head dissipates to a thin covering and a thicker ring of bubbles around the edge that leaves some light lacing down the glass as you drink. Strong pineapple and tangerine notes dominate the aroma and are supported by a light malt backbone with hints of funky yeast.

The flavour of this Oast House Saison begins with soft pineapple before growing into a strong citrus hop body with some tart sourness. A bit if light spice and some lemon notes compliment the juicy citrus and just a touch of grassiness rounds out the flavour quite well.

Effervescent and almost aggressively bubbly, this saison has a very different mouthfeel than many others, almost closer to a similarly citrusy IPA than most of the other saisons I have had recently. Despite the high ABV, Oast House Saison does not taste at all boozy thanks to the strong competing flavours. A novel saison, I quite liked this one and will be keeping my eyes open for other offerings from this brewery.

4 out of 5 cats

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15 Dec

Farmageddon | 24 Days of Beer: Day 15

Day 15 - Farmaggedon - Bellwoods

A pale, hazy gold, Farmaggedon saison reminds me of a frosty winter morning


Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Saison
ABV: 7.2%      IBU: 41

Farmageddon pours a hazy golden straw yellow with medium head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin foam covering a small ring of bubbles. Leaving decent lacing down the glass as you drink, this saison features intense citrusy mango, peach, and pineapple notes with a strong touch of lemon. The brett character is noticeable but subtle and there is a touch of funky yeast notes.

Dominated by a strong sour citrus opening, this vibrant and effervescent brew has good subtle bread notes with a touch of hay and spice. A medium body and strong carbonation round it out and it is smooth and somewhat creamy despite a mild astringency. An odd, almost cider-like beer, it too me awhile to decide if I liked this one but it certainly grew on me the more I had.

4 out of 5 cats

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