I’m Just Mad About Saisons
A Classic Belgian Beer from Hop Haus Brewing Company
Another day, another brewing challenge. This time we were tasked with crafting a beer that fit these parameters:
- Simple, yet interesting
- Exciting, but not too complex
- Must be a Belgian beer
Okay, a saison it is!
First things first…
What’s A Saison?
Saisons are a style of Belgian beer that combines fruity and spicy flavors, a soft-grain character and a somewhat dry finish. The beer judges style guide lists saisons as: refreshing, medium to strong fruity/spicy ale with a distinctive yellow-orange color, highly carbonated, well-hopped, and dry with a quenching acidity. Typically 5-7% ABV.
The most well-known saison, Saison Dupont, is considered by many to be the gold standard by which all other saisons are compared. And with a production history dating back to 1844, Saison Dupont isn’t some flash-in-the-pan; here today, gone tomorrow, fly-by-night operation. So when we set out to create our own saison, who better to look at for inspiration than the saison authority themselves, Brasserie Dupont.
They Call It Mellow Yellow (We Call It That, Too, Quite Rightly)
Introducing: Mellow Yellow, Hop Haus Brewing Company’s take on a classic saison. Our version of this classic style hits all the traditional saison notes, and then some. To help capture some of Saison Dupont’s unique flavors, we sourced Mellow Yellow’s yeast directly from Brasserie Dupont. This particular strain produces Saison Dupont’s signature spicy, fruity notes. For a bit more fruit flavor, we added orange and grapefruit peel, along with ground coriander for a little spice appeal. Caramel and Vienna malts add subtle grain notes and a beautiful golden yellow color, earning it the name: Mellow Yellow. Coming in at 5% ABV, this easy-drinking beer is perfect for those hot, humid Midwest summer days (or whenever you please, for that matter).
Where To Find Mellow Yellow
This beer is a collaboration between Hop Haus Brewing Company and Tim Thompson’s restaurant group (which operates Flying Hound, FreeHouse, Bear and Bottle, and Way Point). Mellow Yellow will be on-tap at Hop Haus Brewing Company and these fine locations starting May 4th as part of the 2018 Madison Craft Beer Week.