Dunham Saison Du Pinacle

Reviewed by on April 5, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasserie Dunham

  • Origin: Dunham, QC, CA

  • Rated On: April 5, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

I know, Saisons are typically a summer quaffing staple, but the snow-capped mountain label imagery leads me to opt for the translation of ‘Peak Saison’, which works very well with the current Spring skiing season, I would imagine.  Oh, and this is hopped with Citra, Simcoe, Topaz and Sylva, FYI.

This 750ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and softly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some randomly splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of somewhat funky white cheese, doughy pale malt, a further earthy and edgy yeastiness, white pepper and a few of its indistinct spice shelf friends, muddled tropical fruit, and zesty leafy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready, doughy, and crackery pale malt, a gently acerbic dirty gym socks funkiness, some lemongrass-led citrus character, mixed table-top spice (if your table was in India, that is), waning earthy yeast, and more leafy, floral, and lightly herbal hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly active in its probing and teasing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, the yeast, hops, and spice alike not exactly looking where they are going here. It finishes trending dry, as the lingering melange of flavours just seem to have that sense of innate direction, y’know?

Wow, a pretty heady and enjoyable version of the style, and a veritable kitchen sink (in more than one way) of robust tastiness. Fruity, yeasty, funky, adequately malty, spicy, and yeah, hoppy – all held together by a gentle balancing force. Very worthy of checking out if you are even remotely a fan of this sort of thing, I can say with confidence.

Brady White

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