Friday, September 20, 2013

La Vermontoise

This is a collaboration between the Hill Farmstead Brewery of Greensboro, Vermont and the Brasserie de Blaugies of Dour, Belgium. The Blaugies is a tiny micro brewery working out of the garage of a pair of Belgian school teachers. Hill Farmstead traveled to Belgium to brew this beer with them. This is a saison brewed with spelt (an ancient grain used in the Blaugies Saison d'Epeautre) and Amarillo hops.

The beer pours a hazed pale yellow, looking sun bleached. There is a massive, bubbling, foaming white head. The aroma is grassy, fresh straw, earthy, floral, funky, but not sour. The taste follows the aromas quite directly. It is heavily and finely carbonated, champagne-like. It drinks very refreshing, with a dry, and moderately bitter finish. This is very nice, but I like the regular Saison d'Epeautre better.

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