Just like you, but different
Craftwork Saison Zest. Craftwork, quietly making a bit of name for themselves. Also it’s Sunday and that means I have a vinyl record to play.
with a big rocky head
This is a 500ml of a beer, 18 IBU, 205 ish calories a serve, it does have a 7% ABV, and that makes it 3 standard drinks. Also another cap for the cap jar, which I will write about at some point.
Saison Zest is the farmhouse ale made in the French speaking, Wallonian province of Belgium. Traditionally it was a refresher for tired and thirsty farm labourers. Saison Zest is a modern interpretation, a stronger full flavoured brew. Orange of hue with a big rocky head, aged for two months in the bottle.
We’ve chosen a simple grain bill that showcases Gladfield’s superb malts and added Orange Zest.
Paired with floral and citrusy hops, our saison yeast imparts massive character and a dry finish.
We believe Zest will refresh and sustain the farm worker or office shirker. Enjoy in moderation, it’s stronger than it seems!
Unfiltered and unpasteurised in the traditional manner, for full flavour.
So, What could possibly go wrong?
Zesty and fresh, an aroma that you could only associate with Saison beer. Sweet almost cider-like.
Bright orange pour, dazzling orange really, an a bright white head of a nice density.
That has a really rich and full malt middle, which is a stand out thing. It doesn’t appear to be well bookended though.
I really did let it sit a while in the glass to warm out, and that seems to have done a bit of a trick in balancing the body out somewhat, ending in a beer that it quite refreshing really.
For a really small batch brewer though this is pretty decent, and it leads me to want to try the other beers they have, which will happen over the next few weeks I’m sure.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. This needs a bit of lift in the bookends to the sweetness for me. Left to warm it becomes better but it still lacks punch and then also looses those things that make a saison what it is.
The double dip review
I have this on Vinyl and I can’t find an online link to the music, but the link above will give you the track list if you’re of a mind.
Fruity esters dominate the aroma. Clarity is good with a large foamy head on top. The addition of several spices and herbs create a complex fruity or citrusy flavor. Light to medium bodied with very high carbonation. Alcohol level is medium to high.