Barrel Aged Saison // 7.0% ABV
This noteworthy beer was blended to help mark the 12th anniversary at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR. The blend consists of two of the oldest beers in our barrel program. Each began its life in October of 2016. The first beer consisted of pilsener and wheat malts, in equal proportions with negligible hop additions. The second beer included pilsener, wheat, and rye malts with our favorite low alpha french hop. Both were fermented and aged in single-use red wine barrels.
Oddly enough, these two particular barrels had nearly been forgotten about, collecting dust in a dark corner of the Depot. Stumbling upon the barrels one serendipitous afternoon, it was obvious that these needed to be blended. Each exuded a phenomenally accurate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc character; one was too sour on its own, the other too brett forward. When blended, all the pieces seemed to fit in the right place.
The final act was to dry hop each barrel with Nelson Sauvin, right before blending. This wonderfully balanced saison is dripping with the typical flavors of Sauvignon Blanc: lime, gooseberry, white peach, and passion fruit. The dryness and light acidity of the beer helps each unique flavor come together in harmony.