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Herevana – Craftwork – Siege of Liège

Craftwork – Siege of Liège. I joined a small club that Craftwork launched, the CW Societe, which limited to 96 membership offered at least 20 beers in two deliveries (I think it was 21). I shared some of the less common, smaller batch ones, and kept some aside just for me. I don’t think there is any secret that a Saison style beer is something I would edge towards.

Craftwork make the Siege of Liège in Oamaru, Otago, 🇳🇿  New Zealand, and it is in the style that is Saison / Farmhouse – Flavored with an ABV of 7.0%

That really nice musty aroma from a Saison, that cider-like note. a little lively on opening , this pours a lovely orange colour.

This is at both times quite a soft to the taste beer with a little bolder and more aggressive dryness and roughness around the mid palate, slightly woody/oaky.

I’m not quite getting the nuances and layers that the notes on this might have made me go off on a flight of fantasy about, I think I miss most the Pear syrup addition.

But then, because you drink this in smaller portions, you imagine that you’re getting more things each glass, this really rounds out well, although I have to be honest I prefer it more colder than room temperature, perhaps I have a lot to learn

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a strong 8 on the arbitrary number scale. 8 is “really good” on the made up scale I use. I really like beers in this style, and this particular batch is again an example of just how good this beer can be, and that it’s not attempted that often, just how lucky that we can get properly made Saison/Farmhosue beers locally.

Music: Jack White – Fear of the Dawn. The first listen had MrsPhil frowning, a sure sign that this isn’t something she enjoyed, but I’m going again, because you know it might just be something that grows on you.

It didn’t.

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.

Mixed fermentation barrel-aged Saison, with Sirop de Liège. Pear and wine on the nose, brett,funk and oak, with a dry finish. 

Brewers Notes

Saison / Farmhouse – Flavored

The Flavored Saison, or Flavored Farmhouse Ale, is a refreshing, highly-attenuated, moderately-bitter, moderate-strength Belgian ale with a very dry finish with a clear flavoring element. 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. It features an harmonious marriage of the additive and beer, but still recognizable as a beer. The additive character should be evident but in balance with the beer. (For example: fruits, spices, herbs, vegetables, coffee, honey, chocolate, maple sirup, chilies, nuts, vanilla, liquor – BUT not including Smoked malt, barrel-aging or a Sour element resulting from the brewing process).


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