Bridge Brewing Lemon Gin Saison

Reviewed by on April 21, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bridge Brewing Company

  • Origin: North Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: April 21, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

This is North Van’s Bridge Brewing’s current (I guess that means Spring?) seasonal, a Saison made with lemon and gin – I resolve to keep my panties unbunched and right where they belong.

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of thick streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of gin notes straight off – juniper, indistinct spice, and bad decisions – bready pale and caramel malt, earthy, and sort of phenolic yeast, white and black pepper mill grist, a stale lemon rind thing, and gentle leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy wheat malt, a further free-range honeyed caramel sweetness, lemon zest, some reduced gin-adjacent botanicals – vegetal juniper and spruce needles, mostly – huddling yeast, bland table-top ground pepper, and more plain leafy, herbal, and grassy green hoppiness. The bubbles are pretty low-key after their initial explosiveness, given their current wan frothy leanings, the body a decent middleweight, and so-so smooth, as the yeast, lemon gin esters, and actual hops all seem to not care a whit about their running roughshod here. It finishes off-dry, lots of varied malt, honey, and zesty fruit hanging around to counter any lingering green astringencies.

Well, they more or less nailed it – if you absolutely had to mix the thing that is Lemon Gin into a Saison, this is what one might imagine it would turn out like. I mean, it’s not exactly a kitchen sink approach, and nor do I have any intention of tossing the rest of this down one, but, yeah, you really have to be into the guest ingredients to consider taking this one out for a second date.

Brady White

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