Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Styrian Golding Single-hopped Saison

Brewed a saison ale a couple weeks back and racked it into the secondary this evening with three ounces of Styrian Goldings hop pellets. That much may be overkill, but we'll see. I fermented this batch with Wyeast 3725 which is supposedly the primary sac strain for Fantome. I'd been toying with the idea of adding some lactic and/or brett dregs from a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin but I'm holding off. I think I'll re-pitch the yeast from the secondary and try that experiment in the next batch. This is in part because I'm very pleased with the attenuation of the beer. I've calculated an apparent attenuation of 90 percent. I didn't expect such results, but I did ferment into the 80s which may have caused the more complete fermentation.

My hydrometer sample poured a very cloudy golden color and smelled surprisingly bubblegummy fruity with a bit of clove and banana. That said, these esters were not that assertive, so I believe the dry hops will not be competing too much with the aroma from the yeast. The taste so far is. A bit sweet up front, then spicy and peppery from the Styrians and Strisselspalt hops I used. There's quite a bit of a phenolic character before the finish which is lightly bitter and very dry.

I plan to let the beer sit for a couple weeks and will post details on the batch later.