Friday, 9 September 2011

Frabjous Standard & Frabjous Wild Cherry side by side

Hi All,
There is an ongoing tradition in the world of brewing of starting the cascade with a basic 'pale ale' brew and altering it as you go to make smaller volume but more complex brews. My Saisons are my first attempt at this style of brewing. Luckily I was bumped from a flight today so have an extra weekends grace at home.
I have leapt on this opportunity by firstly making a curry(Tikka Massala base with huge amounts of Turkish chilli, Burnt Garlic and Onions) for myself & Catherine and secondly by asking Catherine which beer she prefers out of the two Saisons while the curry is cooking!

It transpires that Catherine is more a fan of the purer simpler dry Saison whereas I being a Hophead and General Big Belgian beer freak prefer the Wild Cherry Saison for its larger flavours and somehow (not sure how this happened) sweeter taste. You can tell they are related but are different enough from each other to deserve the different names.

The blonde is very nice and dry and has a nice 'oh yes you know i'm Belgian' profile. The Wild Cherry version has a similar profile but also has another flavour best described as and reminiscent of 'A Strike Bar'.

For those not lucky enough to grow up In Britain in the 1980's (First half, Early) a Strike bar was an E-number laden fruit (mostly citrus) stretchy chew bar that risked your dental work every time you bought one. My Strike Bars were bought from 'Frankies Van' where you could also buy 'single' cigarettes and hire dodgy bootleg movies but i digress as these particular delights were in later years.

Let's just stick to the Strike bars for the moment shall we? Lot's of E number stylie sweets from back in the day have this Belgian yeast ester driven flavour. Luckily its not dominant in either of these beers(although it is there enough to awaken 11 year old Joe) and coupled with the sweetness(Brett C i think) of the Wild cherry it makes for a rather nice little combination.

I would suggest to anybody that is planning a decent length brew to plan ahead and siphon off a part of it for further experimentation. The only caveat is that the more you experiment the stronger the beer will become but it is well worth the risk! :)

Its hard to put into words the flavours experienced in these beers so i'll leave you with this thought.

Pink Beer eh, who'd have thunk it? :)

Brew on my fellow Ninjas.

P.S We make no apologies for the lack of clarity in these beers. If you want superclear, Dead in the bottle, minimal flavour, high volume beers see Mr Busch or Mr Miller, we make real beers hereabouts, oh yes! :)

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