Monday, January 24, 2011

Deckhand Saison (Lighthouse)

This beer is scaring me. What if I don't like it? I have met Dean the new brewer at Lighthouse and found him to be a very nice, and knowledgeable guy. What will I say to him if I don't like this beer? Stay calm, deep breaths: here we go.

Deckhand Saison = 9/10
Ratebeer 4/5 (1 rating - Thanks Capflu)
Beer Advocate nope

Oh what a relief, this is a good one. This nose is certainly a saison. It has everything you want: straw, barnyard, slight cloves, pepper and that unique Belgian yeast. Every sip provides a full spicy blast with supporting alcohol warmth. The tastes are hard to take in all at once. You need a long checklist to mark all the flavours: tart/sour wheat (check), peppery dryness (check), lemons (check), light pit fruits (check) and apricots (check). If you missed anything, it will revive itself in the long linger of peppery lemons and alcohol warmth.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +2
Alcohol Content +1 8%
Value +1 (I might buy again)
Appearance +1 (nice local artists work on bottle)

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