Granville Island Saison Belgian Style

Reviewed by on June 29, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Granville Island Brewery

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: June 29, 2016

  • Best Before: packaged May 25, 2016

  • ABV: 6.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The most recent iteration in Granville Island’s ‘Small Batch’ series is a ‘Saison – Belgian Style’ – I suppose that the name says it all here.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some European peninsula (ok, it looks like a map of Denmark) lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away. Lots of swirling effervescence, too.

It smells of grainy and biscuity pale malt, wheaten cereal, subtle earthy yeast, a soft table-top pepper mill dustiness, indistinct pome fruit notes, and gentle leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy wheatiness, paired with a touch of caramel sweetness, applesauce and overripe pears, a mixed white pepper and clove spiciness, befuddled yeast, and more laid-back earthy, weedy, and slightly perfumed floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its probing but otherwise palate-coddling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of yeasty and peppery interlopers causing a minor fuss here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed-seeming malt doing well to push on, amongst the falling embers of fruit, spice, hop, and booze alike.

Overall, a pretty engaging and easy to get into version of the style, with the typical astringent esters keeping to the background, and that nice fruitiness softening things even further. Hey, if the nanny state was a bit more lenient around here, I could very well see enjoying this stuff in a nearby green space – unfortunately, they’re all school fields. Ah well.

Brady White

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