Troubled Monk Homesteader Belgian Saison

Reviewed by on February 12, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Troubled Monk Brewery

  • Origin: Red Deer, AB, CA

  • Rated On: February 12, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

We end off the week with another offering from Red Deer’s Troubled Monk – their Saison, which they relate to the Alberta homesteaders, i.e. the early settlers who made their way west to create a home from the land.

This 355ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it steadily blows off.

It smells of semi-sweet, mildly grainy and biscuity pale malt, slightly phenolic yeast, rather muddled pome and drupe fruit, understated rainbow peppercorn spice, and spicy, earthy, and sort of perfumed hops. The taste is bready, doughy pale and wheat malt, free-range candy sugars, zesty yeast, underripe apple and pear, bland table-top pepper mill output, and more leafy, weedy, and booze-kissed hoppiness. The bubbles are fairly mild and innocuous in their lackadaisical frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, the only sticking point perhaps an increasingly pushy estery alcohol thing. It finishes drier than this camper was anticipating (fancy that), with the yeast moving in, and bringing its sauced-up roommate along for the ride.

Overall, this seems like a blend of a Saison and a Tripel, flavour-wise, but with the stated ABV of the former, and the impression of the latter. Interesting, fairly enjoyable, and engaging to a point, but the persistent edginess here would limit this one’s ability to play any part in after work bacchanals for me.

Brady White

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