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Hirond’Ale #3 Saison

    Style: Sasion
    Brewery: Brasserie Dupont
    Origin: Belgium
    Size: 33cl
    Alcohol: 6%
    Price: 32kr
    Systembolaget: 11764

    I have had a number of saison beers in my tastings over the years, as I think it is a style that more people should try. I love the earthy, smooth notes that make it so easy to drink and this is a style that works exceptionally as an accompaniment to food. I chose this saison especially because not only is it limited edition, but it is also produced by arguably the best saison producers in the world, Brasserie Dupont. I wanted a mild cheese to pair with this, because I didn’t want anything that would override the mild fruit and yeast notes that this genre is so well known for. It turned out to be a good pairing.

    This was honey coloured with a thick fluffy white head, medium body and slight haze. The aroma was light yet fragrant, with moss, spice and farmhouse funk notes all recorded, which pulled all those delicious earthy notes together that one would expect with a saison. Upon sipping, it became obvious that this beer was easy to drink yet extremely complex. The straw notes came through first, coupled with a high carbonation that exploded on the tongue. Honey, mushroom, lemon and noticeable yeast notes all battled on the palate, producing a delightful mix of flavours. The aftertaste is rather short but left a freshness in the mouth that was rather pleasant.

    Light, refreshing and easy to drink, I think this is a rather misunderstood style that should be on the shopping list more often. This is exactly what I would expect from a saison made by Dupont, and once again they have proved why they are at the top of the genre. I look forward to trying the rest of this limited edition range as they are released in the coming years.