Review: Pit Caribou Provision Tennessee Saison Foncée FuméePit Caribou. Provision Tennessee is part of Pit Caribou's Tennessee Series of beers that are aged in Tennessee Whiskey barrels to give it a nice oaky and sweet zing to the beer. The Provision Tennessee is a Smoked Dark Saison, a first for me, but three things are popular right now: Dark versions of non-dark styles of beers (ie Black IPA), saisons and of course aging EVERYTHING in barrels. This is a bit of all three!
Appearance: Holy Dinah, this beer is gushing every where, time to get out of the towl.. but as soon as it finally settles down, it pours a dark nutty brown ale with a ruby red hue to it as it glistens in the sunlight that's creeping through the window. A cookie dough light-brown foamy head that doesn't really want to go down.
Aroma: Aroma of some smokiness in there, possibly smoked oak, it reminds me of a thick BBQ sauce on ribs in the BBQ on a hot summer afternoon. A smidge of American whiskey, some Belgian yeast to give it that saisonesque arôme that we all know. Light tartiness.
Taste: First: a smokey barbecue sauce, not as smokey as say a hickory BBQ sauce but certainly reminiscent of a nice southern BBQ sauce. Sweet notes of whisky and oak and a bit of a Belgian yeastiness in it. It does have characteristics that remind me of a saison but it's so dark that the smoke and oak hide it for the most part. A bit of a firewood aftertaste. A slight tartiness in there as well.
Overall Thoughts: This is a very interesting take on saisons by Pit Caribou and has long since been discontinued.. not sure if they will do it again, but I'm glad I hid this bottle as it's a nice take on a smoked dark ale aged in American whiskey barrels meets a saison, something I've never tried before.. especially with myself being a saison freak.
I was hoping for more of a whiskey presence in the flavour, but the smokiness is certainly good if you're someone who loves smoked beers like I do, as well.
7.0% ABV, 62 IBU, aged in 33% aged in oak barrel.
« La Provision Tennessee est une bière d'hiver pour les amateurs de type saison. Foncée sans en avoir l'amertume du malt grillé, elle a des notes dominantes de malt fumé. »