Spiced and Flavored Saisons
Craft Brewed Saisons Flavored With Spices, Citrus, and Other Fruit
The main flavor driver behind Saisons are the special farmhouse ale yeasts which can provide interesting notes of peppery spice, citrus, and tropical fruit, making them full-flavored and refreshing on their own, without any added spice or fruit.
Brewers looking to add another layer of flavor or subtle hints of herbs and spices have a added a wide variety of special additions for flavoring, and craft brewers (American in particular), love to spice-up and flavor their Saisons, with 28% (44 out 160 Saisons reviewed on the site), having added spices, citrus, and other fruits in them:
Pipeworks out of Chicago has released several spiced and flavored Saisons:
Saison Poivre Rose (7%) is flavored with pink peppercorns and black Tellicherry peppercorns.
Saison Du Soleile (7%) is infused with grapefruit peel and grapefruit juice.
Saison Poivre Vert (7%) is an interesting Saison flavored with cucumber, green peppercorns, and celery seed.
New Holland offers Four Witches (7.3%), a Black Saison flavored with star anise, black pepper, coriander, and grains of paradise. The malt bill for the beer includes barley, wheat, rye, and oats. | Brewed in Holland, MI
Bottle Logic offers a Tattered Prince (7.3%, 27 IBUs) French Farmhouse Style Saison flavored with ginger, coriander, and orange peel. | Brewed in Anaheim, CA
Tallgrass Brewing’s Wild Plum Farmhouse Ale (5.6%, 20 IBUs) is a Saison brewed with fresh plums. Offered as a summer seasonal. | Brewed in Manhattan, KS
Against the Grain Chris Framboise (7.1%, 16 IBUs) is a Sour Raspberry Saison, aged with raspberries and fermented with wild Brett yeast. | Brewed in Louisville, KY
Trinity Brewing out of Colorado Springs produces several spiced Saisons:
Oh Face (6.5%) is a Farmhouse Style Saison flavored with lavender, and aged in French oak with three strains of wild Brettanomyces yeast.
Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Saison Man (4.9%) is flavored with grains of paradise and aged in oak white wine barrels with wild Brett yeast.
Elektrik Cukumbahh Saison (6.4%) is brewed with English cucumbers and lemon zest.
Farmhouse Fantome Saison (6.4%) is brewed with strawberries and yams.
Le Capitaine (10.4%) is brewed with pumpkin, candied endive, and cacao nibs.
Pappy Legba (13%) is an Imperial Saison aged on fresh cherries.
Merle, Saison Nocturnum (12.2%), is an Imperial Dark Farmhouse Saison, flavored with sarsaparilla, sassafras, coriander, hibiscus, and cumin.
Watch City Monkey Monk Saison (6.2%, 24 IBUs) is flavored with rosemary, savory, and fennel. | Brewed in Waltham, MA
Night Shift Brewing Rose (8%) is flavored with rosemary, rose hips, honey, and pink peppercorns. | Brewed in Everett, MA
Night Shift Brewing offered Arnie, a Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Saison flavored with Meyer lemon zest and kombucha tea. | Brewed in Everett, MA
Night Shift Wild Queen (8%) was a special release Barrel-Aged saison flavored with fresh raspberries, and aged with wild Brett yeast. | Brewed in Everett, MA
Anderson Valley Mowkeef (5.4%, 30 IBUs) is a draft only Saison release which is spiced with coriander, start anise, and organic ginger. | Brewed in Boonville, CA
Maui Brewing Lemongrass Saison (5%) is flavored with locally grown lemongrass. | Brewed on Maui, HI
Upright Brewing Barrel-Aged Flora Rustica (5.5%) is flavored with yarrow and calendula. Aged for 12 months in oak barrels with souring lacto cultures. | Brewed in Portland, OR
Karbach Brewing offered Roll in the Hay (7%, 20 IBUs), a Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Saison flavored with citrus peel and coriander. | Brewed in Houston, TX
BrewDog released Electric India (7.2%) a Hoppy Saison flavored with orange peel, heather honey, and black pepper. | Brewed in Scotland.
Green Flash Brewing’s Saison Diego (5%, 20 IBUs) is flavored with orange zest, ginger, and grains of paradise. | Brewed in San Diego, CA
Bison Brewing Saison de Wench (6%) is flavored with rose petals and hibiscus. | Brewed in Berkeley, CA
Alameda Brewing offers My Bloody Valentine (5.5%, 21 IBUs), a spring seasonal Saison flavored with blood orange juice and dried orange peel. | Brewed in Portland, OR
Epic Brewing’s Utah Sage Saison (6.9%) was flavored with fresh sage, thyme, and rosemary. | Brewed in Salt Lake City, UT
Rushing Duck offers their Bauli Saison (6%), as a spring seasonal Saison, flavored with white peppercorns, coriander, and Kaffir lime leaves. | Brewed in Chester, NY
Brewery Vivant offers Vivant Saison (9%), a strong Saison flavored with black peppercorns and orange peel. | Brewed in Grand Rapids, MI
Funkwerks Saison with Asian Teas (6.4%) was brewed with green tea, white tea, and jasmine tea. | Brewed in Fort Collins, CO
Cape Anne Brewing offers Fisherman’s Sunrise Saison (7%, 20 IBUs) as a summer seasonal Saison flavored with whole strawberries and rhubarb. | Brewed in Gloucester, MA
Portico Brewing offers Saison Charrette (6%, 25 IBUs) which is flavored with chamomile and sarsaparilla. | Brewed in Waltham, MA
Valiant Brewing our of Orange County, CA offers Fields Ablaze (7.2%, 22 IBUs) a Saison flavored with lemongrass and pear tea.
Breakside Brewery’s Smallwares Saison (5.8%) is brewed with lychees and pink peppercorns. | Brewed in Portland, OR.
Southampton’s Cuvee de Fleurs (8.2%) is a Saison brewed with edible flowers; chamomile, lavender, calendula, and rose hips. | Brewed in Southampton, NY
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Peche n Brett (10%) is a Saison aged in oak barrels with locally harvested fresh peaches. | Brewed in Hood River, OR
Perennial Artisan Ales Saison de Lis (5%) is flavored with chamomile. | Brewed in St. Louis, MO
Hardywood Saison Rustica (4.5%, 20 IBUs) Spring seasonal Session-Style Saison brewed with star anise, lemongrass, and peppercorns. | Brewed in Richmond, VA
Wicked Weed X (5.8%, 25 IBUs) was a Passionfuit Saison brewed with fresh passionfruit. | Brewed in Asheville, NC
21st Amendment Brewery’s Sneak Attack (6.2%, 38 IBUs) is a Saison flavored with organic cardamom. | Brewed in San Francisco
Elysian Brewing’s Oddland Peppercorn Saison (7%) is brewed with four types of peppercorns. | Brewed in Seattle, WA
Hill Farmstead’s Grassroots Brother Soigne Saison was flavored with lime, hibiscus, and blood orange. | Brewed in Greensboro, VT
The Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale (6.7%) is a Saison flavored with ginger, orange peel, black pepper, and grains of paradise. | Brewed in San Marcos, CA
Cigar City’s Guava Grove Farmhouse Ale (8%, 18 IBUs) is a Saison aged with fresh pink guava puree. | Brewed in Tampa, FL