Saturday, May 26, 2012

Homebrew Dave’s Imperial Rye Saison

Dave’s Imperial Rye Saison

Brewed by:
DGH Brewery
Hockessin, Delaware, USA

Saison/Farmhouse Ale

8.8% ABV

Style Description:
Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there's been a massive revival; especially in the US.
This is a very complex style; many are very fruity in the aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness. Lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.
Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 5.0-8.0%

This is another home brew from my friend Dave. So far I have been impressed with all of Dave’s beers. This one in particular really sounds interesting. I can’t wait to see what it tastes like.

The beer pours a hazy light copper with golden hues and an off white head.

The nose is fantastic with pale malt aromas along with earthy notes of citrus and that unique Belgian yeasty esters.

Wow, what a great first sip; great malt flavors and wonderful notes of citrus and spice all riding on that classic Saison yeastiness.

This great experience starts out with a touch of pale malt sweetness up front followed by a cleansing mouthfeel as this ale washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back end is very easy drinking with and almost effortless swallow. The finish is amazing with all the expected Belgian flavors and a touch of Rye that truly sets it apart. That is followed by that classic Saison farmhouse funk; that earthy/yeasty uniqueness that comes from the Saison yeast. And the complex finish still has more with interesting notes of spice and citrus; again esters from that great yeast.

This is impressive!

As refreshing as this is there is also an interesting warming. I assume that is from the 8.8% alcohol.

It is starting to warm and open up a little. Man, this is good. As it warms it’s becoming smoother and richer. The sweetness of the alcohol is finally making its presence known at this temperature.

We have only warmed to 60 degrees. I can’t what to see what happens when it really warms up.

The Rye flavors are also becoming more predominated as it warms.

I have let this warm to 69 degrees.

The ale is just exquisite at this temperature. Smooth with sweet malt flavors and warming sweet alcohol.  Good to last delicious warm drop.

A+ | Dave’s Imperial Rye Saison is a fantastic Saison with exquisite pale malt flavors with a touch of Rye that leads into an delightful mouthfeel followed by the most exquisite finish with all the classic subtle Belgian complexities, notes of citrus, spice and that unique Saison earthiness. This phenomenal ale is a real masterpiece.

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