Canuck Empire Sunrise To Sunset Saison

Reviewed by on May 15, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Canuck Empire Brewing Company Ltd.

  • Origin: Aldergrove, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 15, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Sunrise to Sunset is a Saison that is proclaimed to be ‘Spring in a bottle’, eh? Well, the sunsets around here aren’t very late right now, but they will be soon!

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some disintegrating ice floe lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy pale and wheat malt, fairly phenolic yeast, pink bubblegum, perfumed honey, a very wispy black pepper spiciness, and a hint of paint solvent-heavy alcohol. The taste is grainy and bready pale malt, some lesser spicy wheatiness, a more refined yeasty essence than that of the nose, honeyed crackers, muddled domestic citrus (ok, over-aged lemon, mostly), and tame leafy, weedy, and certainly still estery floral hop bitters.  The bubbles are quite laid-back after their opening aggression, what with the subsequent weak-form frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, that weird mixture of yeast, spice, and booze not making any friends here. It finishes off-dry, the interwoven malt lingering well, alongside the remains of black pepper, yeast, and muted citrus alike.

Overall, not a bad version of the style, once you get past those almost funky Band-Aid notes in the aroma – then, it’s smooth sailing down to Saison town. Easy to drink, a tad spicy, and otherwise simply rendered, for all your after work rehydration and refortification needs, whatever they may be.

Brady White

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