Earlier this summer, I was asked by a couple of friends who were getting married if I would brew them a batch of beer for their wedding. I accepted and this is what I brewed. The recipe is identical to the saison I brewed and reviewed earlier but with the exception of raspberries, I added 4.5 pounds of sweet cherries to the 5 gallons. I was actually a little unsure if cherries were going to work and thought about calling an audible at the grocery store getting raspberries instead. As it happened, perhaps sealed by fate, they were out of raspberries so I ended up with cherries as I originally planned.
If only I understood the Universe’s ways…
- Appearance - The beer poured with a reddish-orange hue and a bubbly, off-white colored head. This is identical to the base and raspberry versions. The head on this beer, however, dissipated quickly in contrast to the previous iterations.
- Aroma - Unsurprisingly, the aroma is closer to the raspberry saison than the base saison. The fruit aroma is in the forefront with the pepper saison notes from the yeast filling in the background.
- Taste - Cherries are present giving a different play on the beer than the raspberries. The cherries provide a sweeter flavor that provides a counterpoint to the peppery yeast notes rather than the raspberry tartness complimenting it.
- Mouthfeel - Carbonation is medium, but the cherry juices seem to give a silkier and thinner aspect to the beer as it sits on the tounge. This is, I think, the biggest contrast to the other versions.
Overall, I think it turned out pretty good and it was a big hit amongst the happy couple. I still prefer the raspberry and base versions to the cherry addition, but this gave me a little more knowledge on the effects of various fruit additions.
Until next time, Cheers!