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%.
The Gladstone Brett Saison is a hazy straw colour with a bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Mild funkiness from the Brettanomyces along with tart fruit and a hint of sharp sourness and leather are apparent on the nose. The first sip rushes across the tongue with a champagne level of carbonation accompanied by sour stone fruit, dry oak, and a hint of horse blanket and cherry. The lively carbonation makes your cheeks tingle and leaves your mouth refreshed and cleansed after swallowing.
ABV – 7.5%
IBU – 18-23