Beyond The Pale Brewing Company (Ottawa, Ontario)
Imperial Saison / Farmhouse Ale (8.4%)
Look: Chill-hazed, light apricot orange colour. Small, loose, frothy white head hangs around as a cap.
Smell: Lightly toasted malt and fresh grasses. Tons of yeast esters…banana, clove, apple, pine, wintergreen, lavender. Very complex and appealing.
Taste: Very intense at first. Bitter citrus flavour is front-loaded, then mellows out nicely. Surprisingly light syrupy sweetness, notes of apple and pear, very dry and peppery finish with a hint of mint.
Mouth: Viscose, grainy, medium-bodied. Aftertaste is grainy, yet crisp. Distinct ethanol heat.
Opinion: Deceptively easy-drinking, but also very satisfying. Similar to Hennepin in many ways. Great as a sipper.
Food: Creamy cheeses, light rye bread, mild sausage, strawberries, kettle chips.