Beer Notes: End of Saison

Beyond The Pale Brewing Company (Ottawa, Ontario)

Imperial Saison / Farmhouse Ale (8.4%)

End of Saison

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.

Beer Notes: Nu Saison

Beyond the Pale Brewing Company (Ottawa, Ontario)

Saison / Farmhouse Ale (4.8%)

Nu Saison

Look: Hazy Lemon yellow, large white head leaves a yarn thick collar and soapy film.

Smell: Earthy, grany pilsner malts, light plum-like fruit note. Light floral and honey tones.

Taste: Again, definitely grainy. Lots of citrus, more bitter than most saisons, Mix of citrus peel, peppery dryness and cereal sweetness in the finish/aftertaste.

Mouth: Medium body and carbonation. Earthy with a light syrupy feeling.

Opinion: Tame for a BTP beer flavour-wise, but absolutely nails the core style. Refreshing, summery addition to their regular lineup. I’d like to see them play with this one a bit.

Food: Creamy, earthy and blue cheeses. Light sausage (summer, hunter salami), spinach salad, cherry tomatoes.

The Witty Traveller: Packing Light

This hefeweizen from Railway City Brewing Company in St. Thomas, Ontario has a very cloudy, saffron-toned appearance and yields a relatively small, frothy head that is retained as a thin film and stringy collar without really leaving any lace behind. The Witty Traveller has soft wheat and honey aromas that bring a warm muffin to mind, along with notes of banana, cloves and black peppercorn.

The Witty Traveller
Kick Back and Enjoy the Ride

Sharp grape, apple and citrus esters punctuate the taste of The Witty Traveller’s mild wheat base. This ale is light-bodied with a moderate carbonation that creates a smooth and creamy texture that glosses over and earthy, grainy texture. There’s a slight sourness to be found in the finish before a rather dry and surprisingly peppery aftertaste takes over.

Opa’s Gose: Salt of the Sea

This German wheat ale brewed with sea salt and coriander from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is a slightly hazy golden yellow with a fair-sized frothy white cap that gets retained as a rocky film and collar. Opa’s Gose has a tart, earthy and even cheesy sort of smell to it that brings to mind wet farmland, with strong notes of wheat, honey and coriander.

Opa's Gose
This Beer Makes Me Crave Dry Sausage

The taste of Opa’s Gose is moderately sour and balanced by the peppery dryness of coriander. Light red berry and wheat flavours are accompanied by mild orange and lemon tones. The bitterness of the sea salt really bites on the tongue and the finish becomes quite dry before giving way to honey and wheat flavours in the aftertaste. There is a healthy amount of visible carbonation throughout the glass, creating airiness in this medium-bodied and slightly syrupy ale.

Cameron’s Rye Pale Ale: Mashing in the Rye

This American IPA from Cameron’s Brewing Company in Oakville, Ontario pours a hazy, rusty amber colour with a frothy tan head that leaves large streaks of lace and settles as a medium-sized collar and cap. Cameron’s Rye Pale Ale (RPA) has a Thick and grainy rye smell with a sharp, lemony citrus tone and accents of toffee, rain soaked flowers, berries, pepper and alcohol.

Cameron's Rye Pale Ale
This GTA Favourite Now has Wide Distribution

There is plenty of rye character to be found in the earthy and grainy taste of Cameron’s RPA. Grapefruit juice and lemon rind flavours contribute to a moderate bitterness that is countered by just enough sweetness from a hearty malt bill. Mild hints of yeast, biscuit and chocolate are also found. This ale is medium-bodied with low carbonation and a thin oiliness. The finish has a bitter bite to it with a strong, warming alcohol note and lingering rye flavour in the aftertaste.