Muskoka Moonlight Kettle Summer Saison

Reviewed by on June 2, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Muskoka Brewery

  • Origin: Bracebridge, ON, CA

  • Rated On: June 2, 2015

  • Best Before: August 28, 2015

  • ABV: 7.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Moonlight Kettle is Muskoka Brewery’s sort of test beer series, wherein their brewers ostensibly meet up late at night to conceive of new things for them to make.  The Summer Saison is the first release as a result of these apparent brainstorming sessions.

This 750ml, caged and corked bottle, pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves some low-lying, island-ho lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, earthy yeast, perky white pepper spice, aged lemon peel, a twinge of coriander/cilantro, and floral, weedy, and kind of grassy hops. The taste is gritty, bready caramel malt, a softer wet cracker graininess, laid-back, but still prominent yeast, muddled earthy spice (coriander and black pepper dust the likely culprits), some subtle banana fruitiness, a continuing and steady weedy, leafy, and grassy hoppiness, and minor herbal tincture boozy notes. The bubbles are actually quite moderated for the given style – supportive, but not overly fizzy or palate-tingling, the body a sturdy middleweight, and smooth, I suppose, but for the wiles of a rather forward yeastiness. It finishes off-dry, with a small lingering sweetness, one not long for this world, unfortunately, as the spice, yeast, and hops maintain a certain kneecap-breaking cabal tendency.

Overall, a nicely peppy version of the style, the base malt more or less up for the task of keeping those yeasty, hoppy, and spicy wayward kids in line, at least until its power starts to wane near the end. Worthy of a go for a built-in one-off, and drinkable enough via its eventual dryness, but perhaps a bit too disjointed, if not in its brewing process, then in the incongruous idea of promoting moonlight as the longest day of the year approaches.

Brady White

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