Category 12 Brewing Hiatus – Saison at 5% ABV | 16 IBU

Category 12 Brewing Hiatus Saison at 5% ABV | 16 IBU (2018 Craft Beer Advent Calendar #6, 473 ml, packaged on 18-Jul-2018, acquired 30-Nov-2018, reviewed 6-Dec-2018)

Appearance: hazy pale straw with one fat finger of rocky white head, excellent retention and heavy stringy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: cucumber, lemon zest, grainy pale malt, weed and grass. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, low bitter. (8/10) Medium-light body, moderate-high carbonation, dry short duration lightly bitter finish. (4/5)

Absolutely no seasonal tie-in at all here, as far as I can tell, but a beer that I really enjoyed the first time I had it and again today, so I’ll give it a pass. (I’m getting a little concerned about duplication here, though – in other years, I’ve had no duplicates I can recall, but this makes half of the six so far this year, that I’ve had before. Oh, well – if all the other duplicates are this good, I won’t complain too bitterly.) Pretty much exactly what it says on the label: cucumber and lemon zest on a lightly funky Saison background make this pleasantly light and refreshing. An excellent example of the style. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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