Saturday, July 28, 2012

Saison De Pipaix Homebrew Clone

Saison De Pipaix
Homebrew Clone

Brewed by:
Dave Henderson
Hockessin DE


7.6% ABV

Commercial Description:
SAISON DE PIPAIX 6 %vol. 75cl a traditional Wallonian saison beer, born with the brewery in 1785. Dry, normally hopped, slightly acidic, very spicy (black pepper, ginger, sweet orange peel, curaçao, star anise...)

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 was is a homebrew clone from my friend Dave. I have never had this Belgain Saison before so it will be an interesting experience.

The beer pours a hazy light copper with orange hues and a white head.

The nose is very interesting with sweet light malt aromas and a lot on interesting spicy notes. I’ve never smelled a beer with this spicy a nose before.

Wow, and I mean WOW that was a very unique first sip; this is spicy!

The experience starts out with a hint of malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That only last for a split second and is immediately replaced with a unique spicy tingle as the ale rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. This robust spiciness builds into the back-end and creates a hesitation at the top of the swallow. The finish is incredible with pale malt flavors and the most intense spice of mostly black pepper. The final aftertaste is a lingering black pepper note.

All and all this is a really good beer but I’m afraid it’s a little too spicy for me and the style.

As this ale warms up the spice is becoming more intense and are overpowering the subtle complexities of the Saison style. There also may be an accumulative effect of the spice; each sip seems to be spicier than the last.

What a unique experience. I’m still going for a B on this one but I may encourage Dave to try this again with a little less black pepper. I think he will have an A then.

B | Dave’s clone homebrew of Saison De Pipaix has been a very unique spicy experience. This Saison is full of surprises, from and nice pale malt flavors to the very spicy finish.  

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