El Super Bee De Saison by Four Corners Brewing Co

El Super Bee De Saison by Four Corners Brewing Co

El Super Bee De Saison by Four Corners Brewing Co

El Super Bee De Saison by Four Corners Brewing Co

I’m a fan of saison or farmhouse ales, so I’m always glad to see when local brewers put one out.  They’re generally really refreshing beers that are great for spring and summer drinking.

I believe that they were originally brewed by farmers in Belgium and France.  They would bury barrels of this beer in their field and then dig them up once the weather got hot to help keep their field hands happy and hydrated.  Brilliant.

Here is what Four Corners says about their saison:

“A freestyle Saison using a smashing combination of locally sourced honey, Belgian yeast, rye malt & dry-hopping. Unleashed is a high-flying smack of citrus & spice.
ABV 8.0%
IBU 23
PLATO 15˚”

Here is what CraftBeer.com says a saison should resemble:

“BELGIAN-STYLE SAISON
Beers in this category are pale to deep light brown in color. Often bottle-conditioned, with some yeast character and high carbonation. Belgian-style saison may have Brettanomyces or lactic character, and fruity, horsey, goaty and/or leather-like. aromas and flavors. Specialty ingredients, including spices, may contribute a unique and signature character. Commonly called ‘farmhouse ales’ and originating as summertime beers in Belgium, these are not just warm-weather treats. U.S. craft brewers brew them year-round and have taken to adding a variety of additional ingredients.”

El Super Bee De Saison In Glass

El Super Bee De Saison In Glass

Now on to the taste test:

Super Bee pours golden yellow with a head of white foam.  It looks be to fairly carbonated.

This beer smells light and floral and fruity and slightly sweet.  Was that too many “ands”?

The taste is fresh and floral with a slightly sweet quality and a bready backbone.

The flavor has a slightly sour element, and an interesting fruit element.  I kept getting notes of apple and pear.

Super Bee is really refreshing beer, and that element of it is very true to style.

The more that I drank, the more I thought that the honey and the rye malt presented themselves in the beer.

About halfway through the beer, I started to think that the rye malt was the key to this beer.  The spice that you get from the rye malt blends so well with the honey notes and the fruity esters from the Belgian yeast.

I really like this beer.  I’m not sure that you could spend all day pounding down Super Bees because of the high ABV, but a few over the course of a day would be really enjoyable.

Maybe something like 2 Super Bees around lunch.  Then nap.  Then a couple more after dinner.

Anyways, I think that this beer is at home from the first thaw in Spring until it’s time for Oktoberfest beers to hit the scene.  The floral elements really make it a good spring beer.

Also, the guys at Four Corners reminded me that they offer free tours with beer samples on Saturdays, so go check that out.  You will want to reserve a spot online because space is limited, though.

Go check out it.  Their brewery was cranking out beers when I was there, and that’s always good to see.

 

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