If there’s any doubt over how quickly the Aussie craft beer scene is progressing, then take a look at this beer.
A few years ago it would be hard to imagine a saison beer in a can being released to some acclaim. Saison d’hérétique from Australian Brewery is exactly that beer.
There’s something so satisfactory about cans. Little ones, slender ones, pints, all of them.
This one, from Australian Brewery, looks like an energy drink can.
Crack-hissssss. It always sounds so good.
There’s some serious carbonation in this beer and it gushes a bit as it’s poured into the glass.
And you will want to pour it. Cans are great for storing and transporting beer but they’re not great to drink from.
Stick this stuff in a big glass, like a snifter or a wide tulip glass, that will allow the aromas to shine.
And they certainly will. There’s a lemon-citrus aroma with a peppery punch which is typical of this yeast-forward style. You’ll get a tiny whiff of clove. This phenolic aroma is from the yeast. It’s not excessive but adds a subtle and intriguing spice.
The yeast is a big player here but underneath there are layers and layers of interesting smells.
It has a certain sweetness to the aroma, like walking into a candy shop. Then there’s something that smells a bit like bay leaf but again, very, very subtle. It’s complex and exciting.
Atop the yellow, lemon curd-coloured liquid is a big, frothy, bubbly head. It balloons up very large and fizzes with activity. It doesn’t stop for ages.
The first sip delivers a big pepper kick. It tastes more like ground white pepper though, which takes me back to roast dinners at my grandparent’s house as a kid. My dad and my granddad would cover their dinners in it and it would cloud over the small kitchen table.
Most of the aromas are followed through in the flavour. All of that big yeasty character dances in your mouth.
It feels silky as it goes down. Swirl the glass first however and you can feel the carbonation in your mouth, tickling your tongue. The fizz that is keeping the big white head alive sticks around. Then there’s a lovely dry finish.
The massive head and the constant fizz are the only things which stop you quaffing it down in great, greedy gulps. But it’s worth being patient and sipping away at it.
This would be perfect on a nice warm day. You could drink it on its own or pair it with a traditional garden salad. Maybe pour one while you fire up the barbecue and graze on snacks.
From: Rouse Hill, NSW
Beer style: Saison
Pair with: Garden salad and tapas
Let me know in the comments what you thought of this beer, and your opinion on the design of the can.
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