The Saison style got its start on farms of Wallonia, a city in French Belgium. It was brewed in the cooler off season with the intention of keeping Sainsonniers (seasonal workers) busy during the slow times and with the bonus of being a refreshing lunch beer that could be consumed by farm hands during the hot summer work months. At this time alcohol levels hung around 4% to allow for consistent hydration while still being able to work, but modern versions frequently exceed 5% or even 6%.
A hazy gold with a persistent white head, the Gladstone Gin Barrel Aged Brett Saison has a brett forward aroma with mild gin botanicals just beneath. On the tongue, the juniper and citrus flavours of the gin move forward and the brettanomyces takes a back seat along with a mild oakiness. These all work together with the lively carbonation to create a dry, refreshing palette cleanser.
ABV – 7.5%
IBU – 18-23