Review: La Saison Chaude by Société-Orignal & Brasseurs IllimitésTonight's saisonal review is La Saison Chaude collaboration saison by Société-Orignal and Les
Appearance: La Saison Chaude pours a very cloudy, copper-dark orange, minimal amount of light beige/eggshell head that's glistening on the top of the beer. Lots of carbonation, expected for a saison.
Aroma: A citrusly zested saison, notes of Belgian yeast, orange peel, lemon and a hint of that arôme that reminds me of Unibroue's ales, parfumic!
Flavour: Not a hot/spicy saison at all, it's your standard Belgianesque saison with rich yeasty goodness, a liberal amount of citrus flavours like lemon and orange peel, a bit of a hint of iron. A bit lighter than I expected but a solid saison none-the-less.. as the yeastiness is not as dominant as most saisons I've had in the past few months. Then again, lots of people dislike Belgian-style ales for the yeastiness in the first place.
Overall Thoughts: The concept of Société-Orignal is awesome - getting back to basics with agriculture, get away from the over-industrialization of the agricultural industry and doing everything the old fashioned way - not catering to the masses on what's in demand but instead growing and raising what you love most. It's a solid saison, stronger ABV at 6.5% yet not heavy on the palate, it's a bit lighter than most in flavour but very easy to drink. It's great to see Quebec-grown ingredients used in this beer, but coming from the prairies.. we tend to forget how a substantial amount of wheat and barley for the beer industry comes from OUR OWN back yard. Oh, and 375mL bottles? I want to see those catch on out west, same with 500mL bottles. 341 is too minimal!