-Color – Pale to dark brown; may take on hue of fruit(s), darker malts or other ingredients
-Clarity: Chill haze or slight yeast haze is acceptable
-Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Typically low to medium-low, but may vary in beers made with specialty malts.
-Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Low to medium-high
-Perceived Bitterness: Medium to medium-high
-Body: Low to medium
-Additional notes: Specialty Saisons represent a very wide family of specialty beers. Entries brewed with dark malts, fruit(s), spice(s) or other special ingredients may deviate substantially from traditional appearance and flavor and from parameters shown in this guideline. Ingredients including spices, herbs, flowers, fruits, vegetables, fermentable sugars and carbohydrates, special yeasts of all types, wood aging, etc. may contribute unique attributes to these beers. Earthy and/or cellar-like aromas are acceptable. Color, body, malt character, esters, alcohol level and hop character should harmonize with attributes from special ingredients.
IMPERIAL DARK SAISON – BELGIAN-STYLE HOLIDAY ALE
Boulevrd Brewing Co. , Kansas City, MO
Notes: This Imperial Dark Saison is brewed with a wide variety of specialty grains that offer flavor elements of spice, chocolate and sweet bread. Orange peel offers both a bright citrus note and a nod to tradition, while our house Belgian yeast adds a phenolic cinnamon-and-pepper aroma.
Hill Farmstead, Greensboro, VT
Notes: Civil Disobedience is our blended barrel-aged series of Farmstead® ales, each one a unique union of carefully selected beers chosen by our brewers to weave often disparate threads into a picture far greater than its individual elements. A blend of two different batches of Arthur and a bit of a beer called ’mimosa’, a Farmstead® ale brewed with orange zest and Brett Claussenii.
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