I recently discovered a wonderful little liquor store near my house that I moved into this summer. It’s always fun finding a little out-of-the-way place, especially one that’s packed to the gills with delicious beer.
On a beer run a few weeks ago, I was charged with stocking up for a party. I went through and grabbed about 10 different 4- or 6-packs. A friend of mine had mentioned getting into Saison-style beers. I had never heard of such a thing. But there on the shelf was a 4-pack of Harpoon Leviathan Series - Saison Royale, which I added to the cart. Well - no one at the party touched the stuff, and it sat in my fridge for a few weeks, until this weekend.
Holy shit this stuff is delicious! It’s not for mass consumption, that’s for sure. The alcohol content isn’t all that high (9%), it’s the richness of the flavor. It’s incredibly aromatic and complex. I can’t decide if it’s a refreshing summer beer, or a complex sit-by-the-fire winter beer. All I know is that “saison” has been added to my beer vocabulary.