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I walked into Devour Brewing Company
on a Sunday afternoon looking for a beer to sample and review,
and found myself face-to-face with a chalkboard that had "Sunday Afternoon Saison" written on it. "Well," I thought, "answers the question of what to order."
This particular saison
is a beer I recall the brewery teasing on its Facebook page a few weeks ago
. Chip Breighner, owner
and brewer at the Boynton Beach brewery, had been grilling Meyer lemons and it turns out 17 pounds of these grilled lemons made their way into the saison
The Beer Judge Certification Program gives the style
some historical context, saying it is "a seasonal summer style produced in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium," that results in "a refreshing, medium to strong fruity/spicy ale with a distinctive yellow-orange color, highly carbonated, well hopped, and dry with a quenching acidity."
Devour's take allows the saison
style to shine out with a clever addition of lemon. The 6.2 percent abv beer pours a bright yellow-gold color that is a pleasure to view. The aroma is classic saison
, full of fruity esters that mingle with lemon.
Taking a sip, a complex avenue of flavors develops: First, it's subtly spice-centered; then the middle is juicy with bitter lemon rind; then it ends with a tangy acidity. Throughout the whole process, though, is a familiar saison
yeast quality and a hefty amount of carbonation, making it super drinkable and refreshing.
Sunday Afternoon Saison is available in limited quantities at the taproom and it may well go fast.
Devour Brewing is located at 1500 SW 30th Ave., #4, Boynton Beach. Call 561-806-6011, or visit devourbrewing.com.
Doug Fairall is a craft-beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers. He is a Certified Beer Server and has been a homebrewer since 2009. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.