Glutenberg Belge De Saison

Reviewed by on April 28, 2017 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasseurs Sans Gluten

  • Origin: Montréal, QC, CA

  • Rated On: April 28, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

This is the 2017 version of this brewery’s gluten-free Belgian-style Saison.  Made with their twin malt attack of millet and buckwheat, as well as honey, lemon, and peppercorns.

This 500ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and rather creamy bone-white head, which leaves some decent loosely webbed lace around the glass as it slowly disappears.

It smells of rather pungent perfumed florals, musty pepper, earthy honey, lemon Halls lozenges, some indistinct malt sweetness, and a bit of leafy, weedy, and musky green hop bitterness.  The taste is semi-sweet alterna-malt, various shades of ground pepper, sort of exotic-seeming lemon, dried and crusty honey, and more weak leafy, earthy, and gently sauced-up floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is almost overwrought in its aggressive frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, as that estery perfume character kind of steps on more than a few toes here.  It finishes trending dry, like the real boy Saison that it aspires to be.

Overall, this is a valiant enough attempt to mimic the style, but the whole is supposed to be more than just the sum of the parts, and that is clearly evident in this situation.  Not a bad brew, but kind of disjointed-seeming, even if you concentrate (i.e. employ cognitive dissonance) on not thinking too hard about it.

Brady White

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