Steph’s New Brew Review: Saison de Wench

Steph’s New Brew Review: Saison de Wench

Bison Brewing Saison de Wench, a 6.0% ABV farmhouse ale brewed with botanicals

Appearance Orange-amber with loads of bubbles.
Aroma Herbal, floral, earthy, fresh pepper, funky, tart.
Taste Herbal notes dominate (hibiscus, roses); slightly perfumey; lemongrass at the end; refreshing, tart finish.
Mouthfeel Medium-bodied, loads of carbonation, slight lingering tartness.
Overall There is no other beer out there quite like this. For that reason alone, you should try it! The floral flavor upfront is pleasant and is quickly followed by a refreshing tartness, urging you to take another sip.

Saison de Wench is a botanically-inspired tribute to the Beer Wench herself, Ashley Routson. Ashley, AKA the Director of Awesomeness, brings her sass, energetic personality, social media expertise, and ever-changing colorful hair to Bison.

Ashley and brewmaster Dan Del Grande collaborated on Saison de Wench, which was first brewed in 2013, but was available only on draft.

The beer base is Bison Brewing’s farmhouse ale recipe (which won the 2006 GABF Gold Medal in the Farmhouse Ale category) brewed with rose petals, hibiscus, and lemongrass added at various parts of the brewing process, including the mash.

The beer is brewed with 100% USDA certified organic Tow Row, Carapils, Wheat, and Munich malts and Sterling hops. The subtle malt sweetness and hop bitterness balance the herbal and floral notes of the rose petals and hibiscus, finishing tart and dry.

Saison de Wench pairs well with fresh fruit, seafood, ripe cheeses, and spicy foods. Bison recommends pairing this brew with curries, ceviche, crab, mussels, goat cheese, burrata, charcuterie, roasted chicken, truffles, salads, and fruit desserts.

Kudos to the Beer Wench, and cheers to Bison Brew! Keep the creative brews coming!

Check out… more from the Beer Wench on DrinkWithTheWench.com as well as on CraftBeer.com.
Wanna pick this one up? Saison de Wench is available May to August in 11 states. Use Bison’s Beer Finder to see if Saison de Wench is available near you!

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