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Vancouver Island Brewing

Vancouver Island Brewing
Ukidama Lychee Yuzu Saison

Category: Saison

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 4.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Vancouver Island Brewing
Ukidama Lychee Yuzu Saison

Category: Saison

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 4.5%
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.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, Funky, Smooth & Mild & Sour & Tart
Aroma Aroma: fresh cracked green peppercorns, yuzu peel, lime and curry leaves, and thyme and rosemary bread
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of exotic tropical fruits, grassy herbs, dried flowers, and radish
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Thai Coconut Curry Scallops, Pork Bánh Mì, Aged Gouda
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A clever, very dry take of a tropical-accented beer that will be fun to pair with Asian fusion dishes.

The Producer

Vancouver Island Brewing Co.

The Producer
2330 Government St.
Victoria, BC V8T 5G5
Canada
1 250-361-0007

Their Portfolio

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88 Vancouver Island Brewing Tidal Series Grapefruit Agave Gose 5.0% (Canada)
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Saison

Beer Glass Large Tulip Gold.jpg
Serve in a Tulip
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.