Saison de l'AcadiePresentation
North's Saison de l'Acadie is sold in branded, refillable growlers of various sizes. Mine is the 750ml swingtop version with the old "Bridge" branding.
L'Acadie is brewed to 7.5% abv. This is where it gets interesting; North brewed this with l'Acadie blanc grape must courtesy of Avondale Sky winery. They've also added a generous dollop of honey to help balance out the high acidity of the grapes.
Colour: Golden straw coloured and quite cloudy.
Nose: The banana-and-clove notes typical of North's brews are immediately apparent, but there's a lot more going on here. A slightly sour wine-y undertone is countered deftly by a soft aroma of honey. Some floral notes tie the whole thing together. Complex and very nice indeed.
Taste: Richly flavoured. The initial attack is tangy and sweet. Grape, honey, and pineapple shine through, and a touch of hop bitterness and plenty of Belgian yeast keep it from being cloying.
Finish: Yeasty finish with lingering tropical fruits.
Overall: Interesting, nuanced, and rewarding. This is a genre-bending brew, and while it doesn't necessarily blur the lines between beer and wine it does at least smudge them a little. Quite excellent and highly recommended.
North's Winter Saison is sold in the same format(s) as their other brews. As usual I picked up a 750ml swingtop.
The special ingredients this time around are ginger and black pepper. It's brewed to 6.0% abv.
Colour: Golden and hazy with a frothy white head.
Nose: Banana-and-clove yeast. Fir, complemented by extremely subtle ginger (if I hadn't known it was brewed with ginger I probably wouldn't have picked up on it).
Taste: Very Belgian, plenty of yeast. Grassy with faint-but-enjoyable black pepper.
Finish: Yeast, ginger, lingering black pepper. Dry and slightly herbal.
Overall: Enjoyable Belgian-style beer. Recommended, unless you hate yeasty brews.