Persephone Multigrain Saison

Reviewed by on July 27, 2017 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Persephone Brewing

  • Origin: Gibsons, BC, CA

  • Rated On: July 27, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Apparently this is a Saison series that will have differing guest grains in the malt bill.  The current one is rye, oats, corn, and rice.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some wind-whipped ashy campfire lace around the glass as it slowly melts out of existence.

It smells of a random grain farmer’s field in late summer – barley, dried corn, and husky rice – muddled earthy spice, a touch of generic fruitiness, and some weak edgy yeasty notes.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, heat-free rye whisky, some banana chip and dry citrus rind fruitiness, rice crackers, black peppercorn and coriander spice, and a very subtle leafy, weedy, and dead floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its perky frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and more or less smooth, with just a touch of yeasty intransigence the typical culprit here.  It finishes trending dry – all crisp and edgy in its complex graininess.

Overall, this is an interesting concept, one that is taking root here in Alberta, but it looks to be a thing elsewhere as well – that is, focusing on fleshing out the malty side of the equation, rather than the hoppy side.  Grain can be farm-fresh, too, and this is a damned fine example of it.

Brady White

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