Also known as the Farmhouse Ale, a Saison beer is a Belgian pale ale that can vary from a super-light to golden straw-like color, and are usually characterized by their cloudiness. This type of beer is usually brewed during the Autumn months and stored until it can be enjoyed at its peak throughout the summer months.
First produced in Wallonia, a French-speaking region of Southern Belgium, Saison means “season” in French and can be a mind-twister for some to pronounce. But, we’re going to make it short and sweet. There are two ways you can go about it: say-sawn or say-zon.
Usually, this type of beer stands out from the crowd because of its combination of yeast and lighter malts, as well as its ease of drinkability. But even still, Saisons come in all shapes and sizes, or rather colors and flavors.
They can be sweet.
They can be citrusy.
They can be spicy.
They can be tart.
Although their flavor profile can vary from brew to brew, one thing always stays the same: their light body and dry finish. They pair perfectly with seafood, charcuterie if you’re feeling fancy, or better yet, a boat day on the May River and a slice of southern key lime pie.
Some think of Saisons as more of a philosophy rather than style, as brewers were looking for something that could be completely unique in flavor, yet still super easy to drink. Each brew of Saison, untimely represents each brewer’s interpretation of this style, brings new meaning to the category itself.
Whether you’re drinking it from a tulip-shaped glass (do it, we dare you) or from a can, the Saison is always a damn good time.