E. River Collaboration Saison
E River Collaboration Saison is an experimental beer, brewed to help celebrate the grand opening of Whole Foods Market's River Road location. It is brewed from a relatively straightforward grist of Pale, Munich, and Crystal malts with a healthy dose of Roasted Wheat malt, Roasted Barley, and Oats. It is hopped exclusively with experimental hop #06300, fermented with a traditional Belgian Saison yeast strain, then dry hopped with more 06300. The result is a mangy mutt of an ale -- a dark, silky, and pleasantly hoppy Belgian-Style Saison. The relatively high carbonation releases subtle aromas of bitter chocolate, tart fruit, spice, and herbal hops. There's more of the same in the flavor, with added layers of brown bread, grassy hops, and berry-like tartness. It finishes with a pleasant lingering hoppiness, that leaves you ready for more.
E-1 River Saison is a great table beer, pairing well with a wide variety of foods. Try it with chicken cordon bleu, cassoulet, or a simple plate of gruyère, smoked ham, and bread.
OG: 11.6 ºP, ABV: 4.3%, IBU: 17
Grist: Gambrinus Pale Malt, Flaked Oats, Munich Malt, Midnight Wheat Malt, Dark Crystal Malt (75 ºL), Acidulated Malt, Roasted Barley