An elegant, refined beer, inspired by Italian culinary tradition, that can be found on Sydney’s sky blue shores.
It pours a beautiful cloudy, muted gold. The head is composed of thousands of tiny, perfectly spherical bubbles of brilliant white. It rises high in the glass before slowly fizzling away to leave a thin snowy cap with some foamy lacing around the glass.
The aroma floods from the bottle and hits you as soon as you remove the cap. As you pour, your nostrils are filled with spice like cloves and citrus like a subtle squeeze of lemon.
The taste is similar with maybe a touch more grapefruit in the citrus mix, along with some soft coffee notes. This is from coffee beans that were added into the mash.
Nomad take classic styles and give them a twist with local Aussie ingredients. This time they sourced coffee beans from a local specialty roaster. The North Shore brewers also added wattle seeds at the end of the boil.
These additional ingredients give Long Trip Saison a complex and interesting mix of flavours.
It’s very silky on the palate and finishes moderately dry and crisp.
There’s a touch of salinity in there as well as some boozy taste. At 6% ABV this is not that surprising.
Nevertheless, Nomad Long Trip Saison is an incredible example of a beer made to pair with food. Nomad get their inspiration from looking at all corners of the earth but have particular ties with Italy which has informed their approach to making beer that can be enjoyed alongside a meal.
The brewers draw on this Italian culinary heritage, the assumption that food and drink should be part of the same conversation and it’s easy to see that background in this beer.
Long Trip Saison could be paired with an enormous range of food such is its versatility.
This is one of my favourite beers from Sydney and one that I return to again and again. If you were to show off what Sydney brewers are capable of, Long Trip Saison would be on the table.
It’s right at the top of the good beer movement and sits apart as a beer that embodies the ethos of using quality, local ingredients. It demonstrates that beer as bed-fellow for fine dining has moved from an aspiration to a reality.
Beer style: Saison
Pair with: Bruschetta followed by meatballs in a rich tomato and basil ragu
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