One of Belgium’s most historically significant castles, the Château de Belœil (with gardens once more handsome than all in Europe save Versailles) is a few miles from the Dupont brewery. It merits a visit next time you are in Hainaut. lt once housed a brewery on site and made a beer called Saison Roland. Today Dupont brews a special beer for the château. It is the smallest production beer in the Dupont portfolio, but it is as refined and as regal as the Ligne family château that inspired it.
Golden Cap Saison is a modern interpretation of a traditional farmhouse ale. A soft, pale beer, Golden Cap embodies the flavors and aromas of summer fields. Brewed with an ancestor of wheat called spelt, its straw-colored body, lively carbonation and a unique fermentation profile evoke fresh cut hay and cracked peppercorn.
Saisons have been around for ages. Traditionally brewed by Belgian and French farmers to provide refreshment during harvest. I'm guessing that flavour wasn't a main concern back then; the priority was to provide a beverage that was safe to drink, because water usually wasn't. Never the less, over time they developed a beverage chrarissed by beer geeks of the modern world. The alcohol content was low, so the workers could consume enough to keep hydrated and still perform their job: To load the barn with enough barley for next years brewing season.
A Saison beer is a blend of beer, as I explained on the Saison page. Silly is one of the few Saison brewers that still stores a first batch of the top fermenting beer for about a year, and then blends the old beer with a fresh brewed batch. From this batch part is again stored
away for a year. Indeed, brewing Saison is a seasonal artwork performed only once a year.
The resulting beer is a balancing act, only mastered by the brewer who tries to get every year the same color, aroma and taste in his Saison.
A very festive and hardy holiday ‘saison’ home-made at Belgium’s smallest family brewery. Extra rich for the holiday season, at 8% alcohol by volume. Rated 8’s and 9’s (out of 10) by the authors of The Beers of Wallonia.
Prickly pear and passion fruit mingle together for New Belgium's return to farmhouse ales. Prickly Passion Saison is truly a beer for Belgian inspiration. The combonation of passion fruit and prickly pear juices with the tropical esters of a traditionally earthy Saison yeast create a wonderfully broad and reaching mango-like character.
Belgian Style Saison brewed to traditional brewing methods (high fermentation temps).
A classic Belgian Saison brewed using Brasserie Dupont yeast, and fermented at traditionally stratospheric temperatures - reaching 98F during primary fermentation! As an ironic nod to the Massachusetts ABCC's recent attempt to force farm brewers to use mainly MA-grown ingredients, the beer uses pilsner and wheat malts from nearby Valley Malts of Hadley, MA, as well as local unmalted wheat and spelt. The result is a quenching, complex, and aromatic light amber beer with a deceptively high 6.3% ABV.
Barbecue pork or brisket, wild mushroom risotto, plus any other pungent and complex savory dishes; also a very good match with washed rind cheeses.