Monday, December 22, 2014

2014 Advent Beer 22: Final Countdown Winter Saison

Let's take a moment to get the eponymous song by Europe out of our heads first, shall we? Yes, that's better.

Today's beer is another one from Holland, also brewed by De Molen, but for another brewing concern called Rooie Dop, whose website seems to boast an impressive selection of well rated beers.

This saison pours a cloudy straw gold colour with a boisterous head, verging on the preposterous, and requiring a moment's settling before finishing, and an opportune slurp to maintain containment. My olfactory is well below pr at the moment, but even I can detect tart citrusy hops in the aroma.

Robust, yeasty, and refreshing, due largely to those same hops. A full, smooth mouthfeel and a crisp, citrusy aftertaste, make this a great example of the saison style. There is a bit of sweetness to it, but overall, a very drinkable beer, even at 6.5%.



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