Persephone Multigrain Saison
Reviewed by Brady White on July 27, 2017 in Summer Guide
- 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 !!
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.