7.0% ABV | 750ml | Aged Saison on Wine Grapes
Ale and grapes, rising gold and shimmering purple, like the night and day, both sweet things.
Process & tasting notes: This saison was aged in wine barrels for one year, and rested on second-use appassimento grapes and Montmorency sour cherries. It’s inspired by Provence-style, pale, dry rosé wines.
The barrels selected for this blend displayed the characteristics of lime zest and floral notes that develop in our matured saison, but with a heightened barrel character of cellar must and flourishes of oak-vanilla.
To develop the blush colour and lightly tannic structure of a wine, we aged this blend on appassimento Cabernet Franc grapes for two months. We then transferred the beer onto cherries that displayed an exemplary aroma of our Brettanomyces house culture – bright citrus and dried flowers without the spicy phenolics that would flaw a wine.
Although Night and Day, Both Sweet Things is bone dry and inspired by rosé, it has a softness to the mouthfeel and roundness that identifies foremost as a beer. Drinking this beer reminds us of tasting the pale, blush wines of France.
Serving suggestions: For a similar experience, we recommend decanting the beer off the lees in the bottle into a white wine glass. We hope you enjoy with friends, in laughter and stillness.