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
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.
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.
Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co. Rebel Faction Farmhouse Ale
87 points
Golden amber color. Sweet, spicy aromas of sticky toffee pudding, clove, sourdough, and marmalade with an oily, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick butterscotch syrup and rice pudding finish. A viscous, malty saison with lots of roasty nuance.
Okanagan Spring Brewery Forgotten Farmhouse Ale
85 points
Pale golden yellow color. Minerally, peppery aromas of white pepper, dried hay, slate, and fresh herbs with a soft, shy, finely carbonated, thin body and a smooth, medium-length croissant, lemon tart, grassy hop, and wet soil finish. An introductory-level saison for hop heads who want to veer into Belgian territory.
Printer’s Ale Manufacturing Heritage Series
84 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of kombucha, corn pudding, kraut, asparagus tops, and strawberry greens with a lean, tangy, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish with nuances of squash finish. A springy, food-friendly saison.