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Herevana – McLeods’s -Smugglers Bay Hoppy Saison

Smugglers Bay Hoppy Saison – Bottle 1632 of 2000. All the beers are special treats, some a special specials, I look forward to each and every one of them

McLeod’s Brewery McLeod’s Smugglers Bay Hoppy Saison Waipu, Northland, 🇳🇿  New Zealand. This is a Saison / Farmhouse / Grisette beer with an ABV of 5.58% This is 2.3 standard drinks in NZ

I am looking forward to this.

I lovely familiar Saison aroma, quite lemony.

Lovely orange golden beer with a significant head, I poured it enthusiastically and was rewarded It’s sitting there full and stubborn.

The aroma in the glass is that same glorious sweet lemon.

The taste is a fantasia of things, sweet, sugary, yeasty, lemon, hoppy, fruity. It is at both times quite complicated and complex, and also quite simple and elegant.

Smooth too, very very smooth.

The problem wth drinking very linkable beer is that they don’t last long, this is quite compelling. I think of all the things I’m most enamoured of that hoppy note, it’s just a nope, they’re not the trick in this, they’re a sparkle in a crown of jewels.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 on the arbitrary number scale. How is not possible to really like this beer, if you’re a fan of the style, this should tick all the boxes and impress you.

Music: Richard Ashcroft – Alone with Everybody

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

A blend of a traditional Saison strain along with several fruit forward Brettanomyces strains. Late hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Citra, this beer is amazingly fruity. Bright pineapple and tropical fruits in aroma and flavours. Incredibly dry with soft sugary sweetness. Fruity when fresh, and will develop more funky earthy flavors over time.

Brewers Notes

Saison / Farmhouse / Grisette

The “Saison”, or “Farmhouse Ale”, is a pale golden to amber colored, refreshing, highly-attenuated, moderately-bitter, moderate-strength Belgian ale with a very dry finish. Typically highly carbonated, and using non-barley cereal grains and optional spices for complexity, as complements the expressive yeast character that is fruity, spicy, and not overly phenolic. Less common variations include both lower-alcohol (often known as Grisette) and higher-alcohol products (Imperial Saison). Like a more highly-attenuated, hoppy, and bitter Belgian Blonde Ale with a stronger yeast character. Imperial Saison are similar to a Belgian Tripel, but often with more of a grainy, rustic quality and sometimes with a spicier yeast character. Stronger Saisons also often will have more malt flavor, richness, and body simply due to their higher gravity. The “Grisette”, also known as the Belgian-style “Session Saison” or “Table Saison” is also included in this style.


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