Thursday, November 5, 2009

128. Brasserie de Blaugies Saison D’Epeautre

From the Brasserie de Blaugies in Blaugies, Belgium.

Saison D’Epeautre has a banana and bubblegum nose that also has a good dose of general yeast esteriness. It pours a clear gold with a rocky white head. Saison D’Epeautre opens with a light soft sweet malt flavor, and moves into some tartness and ester flavor in the middle along with a bit of skunkiness, and finishes rather clean and dry. A light grainy sourness does linger, but it is not unpleasant. There is a light body with tiny, sharp bubbles that help highlight a clean and crisp feel on the palate, although there is also a bit of creaminess in the beer’s texture. Overall, an excellent beer. The nose and body don’t match as well as they could, and we weren’t sure if the skunkiness was an intentional component of the beer or a product of age, but pleasant and enjoyable otherwise, and very refreshing. We’d also like to know more about the relationship of the spelt to the lightness and brightness of the beer—if that is in part due to the spelt, here’s to more spelt beers.

From the Blaugies website: “Origine du nom: L’épeature est un froment rustique contenant un exhausteur de goût au pain mais aussi à la biére.”

From the Shelton Brothers website: “Saison D’Epeautre is a saison beer made in a unique traditional style, using spelt and barley malt in the mash. Very dry and light in body, with a hint of wheaty tartness and a hardy texture that expresses the character of spelt, a primitive strain of wheat. It is one truly feisty brew, with an outrageous pop and a natural long-lasting head. And ah, the aroma! It’s a wonderfully heady, musty, cellar character that is unmistakably Belgian and a lot like champagne. The taste delivers on the promise of the nose. Very enjoyable, and perfect for summer, but wonderful at any time of year. D’Epeautre is hand-brewed in small batches by the impassioned, gifted Blaugies brewers, a husband, wife, and son team. They’re very adventurous in recreating traditional beer styles - and are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The family enjoys good food and beer, and consumes a lot of its own product for cooking and drinking. We like the rougher, grainier malt texture of all their beers. They give you the feeling that the brewers put this beer in a bottle just a few days ago, especially for you.”

ABV: 6.0%
OG: 1.048
FG: 1.002
Attenuation: 95%
Malts: Belgian Pilsner (67%) and raw dehusked Spelt (33%)
Hops: Styrian Golding
Primary Fermentation: 77-80°
Secondary Fermentation: five days @ 41°


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