With the first signs of spring and warmer weather, we begin to shift our drinking preferences to styles that are suited for the season. Enter the Belgian-style Saison.
The Farmhouse ale, or “Saison,” as it’s commonly known, originated in the French-speaking part of Belgium, in Wallonia. Long before the beer was brewed by commercial brewers it was brewed out of necessity by individual farmers or “saisonniers”, seasonal workers who tended to these farms in Belgium.
The name Saison translates to “season” in French and is traditionally brewed in the cooler months of the year, often around Christmastime, and held for consumption during the warmer summer season. While the style originated in Belgium and is still brewed by a handful of breweries in the country, the style has also been enthusiastically adopted by American craft brewers.
We are proud to carry some of the benchmark Saison’s from Belgium in addition to some of the best award-winning representations of the style from here in the U.S.
Saison Dupont Vieille Provision Farmhouse Saison
Coppery blond, the finest aromas and a strong bitterness transform this beer into a thirst-quencher with no equal, just the way it was created. The selection of yeasts is the perfect base for these typical aromas and taste. A re-fermentation in the bottle, which will continue for a long time in your cellar, result in this complex and particular aromatic beer.
- 6.50% ABV
- IBU 28
- Hops: Goldings varieties
- Malt: Pilsen barley malt
Fort Collins, Colorado
With a recipe born from backyard test batches, the Funkwerks Saison is a GABF gold-medal winning beer in the Classic Saison category. Heavily reliant on flavors and aromas generated by Funkwerks house yeast, this beer exemplifies the care taken in every aspect of the brewing process. Delight in the Saison’s beautiful orange hue, bright effervescence, and notes of passion fruit, tangerine, and spices.
- 6.8% ABV
Le Rœulx, Belgium
Brasserie St.Feuillien (“Foo-Yen”) had its start in the 7th century, when an Irish monk named Foylan—a name which later morphed into the more French “Feuillien”—was killed in the village of Le Roeulx. A chapel was built in his honor, which, over time, became the Abbey St. Feuillien du Roeulx. The abbey featured a brewery to support itself, but was destroyed in the French Revolution. In 1873 the Friart family resumed brewing operations and to this day a portion of the proceeds is donated to charitable causes around the world, making St. Feuillien one of Belgium’s oldest and most authentic Abbey Ales.
Saison is what the Belgians call a beer of the terroir, a traditional farmhouse ale with all the rich savor of the fertile land of southern Belgium. Saison, a warm golden blonde ale, is a top fermented classic. Thanks to secondary fermentation in the bottle, this Saison has an unmistakable flavor full of nuances and a slight tang. St. Feuillien Saison is the only Belgian Saison available in a can.
- 6.5% ABV
Hennepin Belgian-Style Farmhouse Saison
Cooperstown, New York
Inspired by the traditional rustic brews of Belgium, this iconic American farmhouse saison is charmingly complex yet eminently drinkable. Artfully spiced and gracefully balanced, its champagne-like effervescence delivers a crisp, dry finish, delighting discerning drinkers everywhere.
Hennepin pours a slightly hazy pale straw with a fluffy white head. Aromas of spicy yeast and honey lead to flavors of ginger, toasted grain, and peppery spice. Sparkling carbonation, a pleasant lingering spice, and a crisp dry finish round out our beloved farmhouse ale.
- Hops: Styrian Goldings, Spalter Select
- Spices: Ginger, grains of paradise, orange peel, coriander
Forêt Organic Saison
- ABV 7.5%, IBU 32, SRM 6
- Hops: Hallertau varieties
- Malt: Pilsen barley malt