Posts Tagged ‘saison’

Beer Obsessed on the road: Cambridge Brewing Co. in Cambridge, MA

Friday, July 16th, 2010

cambridge brewing sign

If you are in Boston, you need to get your brewpub hit by taking the T (Boston subway) over to Cambridge and making the quick walk to Cambridge Brewing Co.
Butted up against M.I.T., you get a younger but respectful crowd in there. On this Thursday it was quite crowded but once again, since I was solo, I was able to sneak a seat up at the bar. The first thing that caught me off guard was the beer tube. Not sure what they actually call it there but is a clear tube that holds 100oz of beer. You order it and you receive this tall tube at your table with a tap at the bottom. It clearly makes sense as there were several groups that were six plus people and I don’t think that sized group is unusual here.cambridge brewing pale ale
I wanted to cross the beer menu and I started with the Pale which was very good. I mean real good. Could have stuck with it the rest of the night. Amber was next and that was good too but the pale is still the stand out. With dinner, I had the IPA not bad but the p-a-l-e a-l-e was still on my mind. Dessert was a barrel aged porter that had Brett in it. That was a real sipper.  Interesting beer and would love to try it again in a few months to see how it evolves.
Food is standard pub fare and I went for the fish and chips, heavy on the vinegar to help work with the IPA.
Again, a very worthy pub to hit while in Boston.

cambridge brewing brewsystem
Earlier in the day during the Boston trip, I thought it appropriate to swing by Cheers. I caught a photo of the exterior, which was used for the TV show. There were a few groups there getting pics of themselves next to the sign so catching a good angle was tough (see my photo at bottom of this post). I took a look inside but there isn’t much there to go with the TV show that many love. Just some memoribilia and a very crowded bar with a lot of Sam Adams on tap.

Other than that, the family and I are off to family camp this weekend for our traditional outing. I am packing some Odonata Saison, Nostrodamus Begian Brown, and some Racer 5. Funny enough, the Safeway in the nearest town has a pretty good beer selection so I won’t be hurting.
Cheers. Oh and more shots below. Clicky any pic for a full size view.

cambridge brewing amber

cambridge brewing fish and chips
cheers sign

photo shoot: Odonata knocks it out of the park with their Saison

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Odonata Saison

Admittedly, I am biased towards Odonata. The reason why I even “beer blog” is because of Rick Sellers and his show/blog, Pacific Brew News. The other half of Odonata, brewmaster Peter Hoey, is widely known as a great brewer who has a particular love of Saison ales. Their beers so far have become local legend: Water Witch, Rorie’s Ale, and La Rosa. The partnership looks great: great brewer, great beer writer. How could any of this be bad? …none of it is.
By the time I picked up my couple of bottles of Saison, there was already great feedback on the beer over the web. I agree with them. From its stylistically correct color to a head of foam that isn’t over the top huge, you proceed to aromas of spice and juicy fruit. Not over the top but just right. The beer on first sip has a very smooth taste with the right amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is rich and you are exposed to more spice and citrus fruit. The lingering spicey/fruity aftertaste trails off to an acidic bite.
Very well done Odonata and now one of my favorite Saisons. You hit this one out of the park.
Highly recommended.
Peter Hoey and Rick Sellers from Odonata

photo shoot: St. Feuillien Belgian Farmhouse Ale – Saison

Friday, May 7th, 2010

St. Feuillion Belgian Framhouse Ale Saison

The initial plan was to take this beer outside with a picnic blanket and the basket. That’s what was in my head anyway. I came up short on the picnic blanket so back inside I went to create a similar yet different sort of a scene.
When I think of Saisons, I think of being outside on a warm day and quaffing one of these beauties in the sunshine with some friends and some food to go along. The quaffability of St. Feuillion is high. I love this beer. I wanted to do it justice by using CMOS photons to captured the beer via lots of 0101101101101…..well 12 megapixels worth. Clicky on the pic for a bigger version.

The Beer?
When held to the light, this Saison has a beatiful range of color fomr straw to amber. The beer pours with a big head of foam.
Dry pineapple, apple, and pears to the nose along with a compliment of spice. Slight malt in the background.
Fairly full mouthfeel with a high level of carbonation to keep everything dancing. Flavors of of fruit and spice eventually open up and crescendo off into the finish. Each flavor then bouncing in and out as the finish lingers.
Not bone dry but very drinkable and complex.
Highly recommended

pic of the week: Lost Abbey Carnevale

Friday, February 19th, 2010

lost abbey carnevale ale

Turns out it was a happy coincidence that I decided to try this beer on Carnival week.
Lost Abbey Carnevale is is a spicy Saison style. It pours with a low head and has a tart citrus aroma. Add that and a touch of sweet pilsner malt to the taste and the finish is dry. Highly recommended on your next warm weather day.

pic of the week: Ommegang Hennepin

Friday, November 6th, 2009

ommegang hennepinSpicy hop and pilsner malt on the nose…I might mistake it for a triple at this point. Rich and spicy taste in the mouth with a lingering spice finish. Dry and smooth. Great taste and very drinkable. One of my favorite saisons.
Hihghly recommended.