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jordan’s top 5 saisons for spring

The Belgian Saison or Farmhouse Ale is one of the oldest styles of beer in the world. Yet, it has only recently grown in popularity in the U.S. These traditional beers that were originally brewed in the winter to be drunk in the spring and summer months are necessities this time of year. These are refrigerator must-haves as the days get longer and the sun begins to shine. Here are my top 5 Saisons for spring:

Ommegang Hennepin
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This is a lovely moderately hoppy, farmhouse style ale with a champagne-like effervescence. Crisp, but light on the tongue, Hennepin has a bounty of great flavors including ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain.

Goose Island Sofie
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This is a true American innovation.  The brewers at Goose Island married two types of Belgian style farmhouse ales together. One of the ales had been aged in former wine barrels with the addition of orange peel and the result is spectacular. Complex Saison spice and fruits are paired with a deep level of dark fruit notes from the wine barrel influence. You must try this!

Saison Dupont
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Saison Dupont is a wonderful straw color with a dense creamy head. The nose is alive, like fresh raised bread, estery with citrus and spice notes. Full-bodied and malty, it sparkles on the palate and finishes with a zesty hop and citrus attack. Incredibly compatible with food!

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire
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It’s smooth and delicious with aromas of worn leather and cool autumn nights. Notes of sweet plum and toasted raisin with hints of coffee and cacao are apparent as is a lingering tart and refreshing finish. Dedicated to the dark side; smooth, dark, incredibly delicious as only a Jack Russell with bat wings can be!

Boulevard Brewery Tank 7
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This beer’s thick, white head emits a rich bouquet: fragrant floral, tangerine and spicy pepper scents strum the beer’s soft bready aroma. Earthy black pepper and bread flavors take the lead, followed by contrasting sweet bubble gum mid-sip. As the beer flows over the tongue, a lively inter-play of earthy clove and juicy lemon emerges.

 

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