Review: Collective Arts Sour Harvest Saison

I saw that Collective Arts IPA No. 3 and No. 4 were released within the last few months, so I was hoping to see it in Manitoba after the success of No. 1 and 2, unfortunately it doesn't look like we will see it in Manitoba. Well, we do get to see their Sour Harvest Saison!

Their Sour Harvest Saison is described as sweet, sour and spicy. Well, the beer was certainly something I didn't expect.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a moderate amount of carbonation, light amount of head on top that's mostly sprinkled in patches and around the side of the glass.

Aroma: When I saw that this was a saison, my first whiff was confusing as the first thing I got from it was pumpkin spice.. yes, pumpkin spice in a saison! Sure, Barn Hammer made a Dark Saison with a pumpkin spice to it, but it was also incredibly smokey. This beer has notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, a good amount of sourness to make your nose want to pucker up, and a subtle hint of saison yeastiness at the end.

Taste: The flavour is complex, with a medley of saison, pumpkin spice and sour notes all popping up at the exact same time. There's notes that reminds me of Lay's Ketchup chips (mostly the vinegar and sweetness) so it's a good deal of sourness, a bit of a dryness and a bit of breadiness from the saison aspect of the beer, notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Now that I described this having a Lay's Ketchup chips taste to it.. that's all I'm thinking about for some reason. This is pretty strange but I don't mind it.. I like the sour aspect, I like the kick of spices and I like that it's fairly dry like a typical saison.

Overall Thoughts: Collective Arts is keeping it weird. I'm kind of wanting ketchup chips right now, but everyone knows that Old Dutch's Ketchup chips are better. Sour, spiced, yeasty, dry.

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