384. Perennial Artisan Ales – Fresh Hop Red Saison

Perennial Artisan Ales - Fresh Hop Red SaisonAs I mentioned in a previous post, when I reviewed The Civil Life’s American Brown Ale, I was in St. Louis over the Thanksgiving holiday and stopped at a couple of breweries.  The second brewery I stopped at was Perennial Artisan Ales and picked up this growler, along with a few other bottled beers.  Now that I’m home, I finally got a chance to sit down and evaluate this beer.

Location: Enjoyed a pint glass from a growler, at home, in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 5.2% ABV, ~ 154 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It was fairly clear and mostly golden in color with a red hue.  There’s a decent white foamy head, which leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very, very floral, almost smelling like fresh flowers.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouth feel is crisp.  There’s a slight honey-like sweetness up front, followed by a big floral hop bitterness.  The floral hop bitterness grows and the aromatics are quite noticeable in the very dry finish.  There are hints of the peppery-saison flavors mixed with the floral bitterness, but are in the background.

Food Pairing: I would pair this with something that is also light and crisp, and would complement the floral and bitter flavors.  Therefore, I would go with something like a lightly buttered and seasoned fish.

Overall Impression: I was very surprised by the floral flavors and aromas brought out by the fresh hops.  The bitterness slightly eclipsed the saison flavors, but it was still very good.  Overall, I found it to be a very complex and flavorful beer, yet light, refreshing, and very drinkable.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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