Beer Style: Belgian and French Farmhouse Ales

Includes both saison and bière de garde recipes.

Beets by Drie Saison

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Beets impart the flavor of fresh soil and a fantastic magenta color to beer. Beets were my answer to rescue a Brett saison with objectionable sulfur. I hoped the renewed fermentation from the sugar in the beets would drive off the volatile aromatics while the aromatics would complement the spicy and earthy wild yeast character. I peeled and shredded three beets on a box grater and racked five gallons (19 L) of beer onto it for an extended secondary. It worked!


Sans Glutonne Saison

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Looking for a gluten-free saison recipe, this one balances hop profile with the spicy yeast character from french saison yeast strain.


Roadhouse Brewing Co.’s Saison en Regalia clone

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2014 Great American Beer Festival – Silver (Belgian-Style Fruit Beer)


Rye Saison

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A Rye Saison recipe by Steve Fletty,from St. Paul, Minnesota


Anchorage Brewing Company: Love Buzz clone

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Saison brewed with rose hips, peppercorns, and fresh orange peels. Second fermentation with Brettanomyces in Pinot Noir barrels. Dry-hopped with Citra® hops after an extensive time in the barrel.


Grisette

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BY THE NUMBERS OG: 1.028–1.032 FG: 1.002–1.004 SRM: 3–10 IBU: 20–30 ABV: 3.1–3.9% I hadn’t intended to write about this style now, but it’s come up as a question several times over the last month so I thought it must be topical. Usually the question is, “Under what category do I enter a grisette in


The Burnt Hickory Brewery: White Flag Third Strike Apricot Saison clone

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This Belgian-style wit is brewed with apricot, and Pilsner malt to create a medium-bodied, tart beer with fresh fruit aroma.


Wicked Weed Brewing Co.’s Reticent Saison clone

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Wicked Weed may be best known for its sour and hop-forward beers, but they also brew a wide variety of saisons. Reticent has a complex malt bill to build lots of character underneath the yeast-driven aroma.


The Bruery: Terreux Saison Rue clone

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This beer was one of the original beers brewed at The Bruery, but is now brewed under their Bruery Terreux label. It is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned Belgian-stule farmhouse ale.


Rockford Brewing Co.’s Rockford Country Ale clone

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This unfiltered French farmhouse-style Bière de Garde ale features a copper color and the yeast lends estery notes of pear and apricot.


Hopfenstark: Saison Station 16 clone

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This is an extremely well balanced, easy-to-drink saison brewed with rye. The hops are not the star here, it’s all about the rye and the brewer’s skill.


Brooklyn Brewery: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace marries the overall structure of the modern saison style with the unique lemony/herbal qualities of the Sorachi Ace hop. Sorachi Ace is used throughout, and very complete attenuation gives refreshing, flinty dryness.


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