About Saison

About Saison
Saisons are pale gold to golden orange in color and range in alcohol from 5-8.5%. These beers have a lively carbonation, refreshing citrus and fruity hop aromas and flavors, and a lingering peppery, dry finish. Originally brewed as farmhouse ales in the Belgian province of Hainuat, these beers were first brewed in the early spring for summer consumption. Contemporary Belgian saisons are brewed year round with pale malts, and are well-dosed with English and Belgian hop varieties. In addition to traditional French and Belgian saisons, many US craft brewers have taken to brewing saisons that feature a healthy dose of American hops. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont, Brewery Ommegang Hennepin and Allagash Interlude.

Top Picks for Saison

Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux Saison
96 points
Hazy old gold color. Aromas of sliced peaches, buckwheat crepes, asparagus, sourdough, and coriander with a crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length tinned vegetables and sliced banana finish. A crisp and funky saison with plenty of hop influence.
Awards: 2017 Best Belgian Beer
Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux Saison
95 points
Gold color. Interesting aromas of gentian, cucumber, wild lemon, fruitcake, and roasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long dried mango, grapefruit, bitter orange, and mirepoix finish. A melange of exotic citrus makes this a great saison choice for the cocktail crowd.
Brasserie Dupont Saison Farmhouse Ale
93 points
Gold color. Aromas of bread dough, clay, mixed citrus wheels, sweet pear, and almond slivers with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, subtle, very long black pepper, watercress, and soufflé finish. An outstanding example of the category; firmly European in style and with loads of complexity.
Dos Desperados Brewery Fugitive Farmhouse Ale
93 points
Old gold color. Aromas of curry, exotic wood, walnut, and eucalyptus with a chewy, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, very complex, long soy glazed veggies, earth, wildflowers, tomato focaccia, and rosemary finish. A dense, warming special-occasion saison with endless complexity to explore; celebrations call for great friends and this beer.
Unibroue Á Tout Le Monde Megadeth Saison
92 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of juicy orange, lemongrass and turmeric tea, gingerbread, and dried lavender and bay leaf with a round, lively, effervescent, dryish medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long finish displaying nuances of mint honey on toast, orange pepper, and radishes finish. A delightfully spicy and and engaging saison with superior drinkability.
Vancouver Island Brewing Castles in the Sand Saison
91 points
Minutely hazy pale light gold color. Fruity, fresh aromas of dried leaves, clay, grassy, and spices with a round, crisp, spritzy, off-dry medium body and an even, medium-length toasted banana, dried banana chips, fresh cut grass, and cracked black pepper finish. A crisp, effervescent saison with excellent fruity and spicy notes to keep each sip interesting.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Farm Girl Saison
89 points
Pale golden yellow color. Fruity, floral aromas of banana, marzipan, and dried tea with a round, flat, effervescent, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy banana bread, lemon soda, and crackers finish. A fruit-forward saison for hot summer days.
Unibroue Á Tout Le Monde Megadeth Saison
89 points
Hazy light gold color. Floral aromas of lemon and lavender soap, herb and cheese focaccia, fennel custard, and tea and leather with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long spiced pineapple slices with lychee, peppered nuts, and radicchio and mustard greens finish. A crisp and spicy saison crusher.
Unibroue Blonde de Chambly Saison
88 points
Golden amber color. Spicy, floral aromas and flavors of floral honeycomb, egg white omelet with fresh basil, spicy banana bread, and corsage with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-to-long finish that exhibits accents of wafer and peppered jicama finish. An attractive and appetizing dry saison with great drinkability and a lovely floral note.
Vancouver Island Brewing Ukidama Lychee Yuzu Saison
88 points
Gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of fresh cracked green peppercorns, yuzu peel, lime and curry leaves, and thyme and rosemary bread with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with nuances of exotic tropical fruits, grassy herbs, dried flowers, and radish finish. A clever, very dry take of a tropical-accented beer that will be fun to pair with Asian fusion dishes.