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Godspeed Brewery Nana – Saison at 5.2% ABV

Godspeed Brewery Nana – Saison at 5.2% ABV (C$6.16 at Collective, 355 ml, packaged on 14-Aug-2020, acquired 16-Oct-2020, reviewed 26-Oct-2020)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with two fat fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus zest, chili pepper, ginger, black pepper, light funk. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, moderate spice. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, off-dry moderate lingering spicy finish. (4/5)

Shichimi (Japanese 7 spice) typically contains red chili pepper, Japanese pepper, roasted orange peel, black & white sesame seed, hemp seed, ginger, nori, and poppy seed. It figures fairly prominently here, but not excessively, and blends well with a lemony zest and light funk. The spice balance is good, sufficiently present to make a contribution to the overall profile, but not so much that it builds to overwhelming levels by the time the pint is done. Interesting, and would make an interesting complement to spicy food, but not one you’d necessarily want to drink several of. (15/20)

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