Northfield Saison

Northfield Saison

6.8% ALC. / VOL.
750 mL

This Belgian-style ale was fermented and aged for 12 months in an oak fermenter called a foeder with a mixed yeast strain from Ontario's Escarpment Labs featuring a blend of traditional brewer's yeast and Brettanomyces. This wild yeast strain contributes vivid brightness and a dry, crisp and refreshing finish. 


History Of The Style

For centuries, the Flemish countryside in Belgium and in Northern France was host to idyllic farms who relied on brewing as both a matter of necessity and a simple luxury. It was here that farmers pioneered rustic ales designed to refresh and fortify the people who toiled on their farms through the Spring and Summer growing seasons. While the term 'farmhouse ale' is used today to describe a loose group of beer styles, traditionally these beers would have been brewed with a variety of malted and raw grains and would have benefited from mixed fermentation of various wild yeasts and bacteria. What we know about them has been refined and adapted through reinterpretation over centuries; a project that continues today as we look to understand  and honour the style.

Ingredients

Fermentables: Pilsner, Wheat Malt, Flaked Wheat, Vienna

Hops: Mandarina Bavaria, Hallertau Blanc

Adjuncts: None

Yeast: Escarpment Labs Saison II, Escarpment Labs New World Bretts

Pairings

Smoked sturgeon, pad thai, salumi.