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Vancouver Island Brewing

Vancouver Island Brewing
Castles in the Sand Saison

Category: Saison

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 6.7%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Vancouver Island Brewing
Castles in the Sand Saison

Category: Saison

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 6.7%
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.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Crisp & Light & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dried leaves, clay, grassy, and spices
Taste Flavor: toasted banana, dried banana chips, fresh cut grass, and cracked black pepper
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Piccata, Ceviche, Aged Gouda
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A crisp, effervescent saison with excellent fruity and spicy notes to keep each sip interesting.

The Producer

Vancouver Island Brewing Co.

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

Saison

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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.