By Julia Burke, Beer Editor
The Signature Series is Custom Brewcrafters' higher-end line of beers, allowing the brewers to stretch their wings outside the regular CB flagships and contract brews.
This saison pours a gorgeous three-finger head with perfect lacing, a beautiful pale gold haze glowing from the glass. The nose shows orange zest and meringue, pillowy yeast esters and a twinge of coriander, high-toned lemony minerality, and just a hint of earthy musk.
There’s a clean, crisp palate with clear hops for a citrusy lift. The rich, creamy midpalate is like an orange peep cuddle, then slowly the hops set in. A long, clean finish packed with fruit and hop zing begs for sipping. It’s an ideal breakfast or lunch beer.
Speaking of which, I’ve been having fun with beer waffles of late; saison makes a particularly delicious waffle ingredient and accompaniment. Try it!
Producer: Custom Brewcrafters
Style: Saison farmhouse ale
Stemware: 10 oz. goblet
- Three egg yolks (Because you’re using the yolk, I strongly recommend eggs from free range chickens—the kind that are actually the color they are supposed to be)
- One whole egg
- 12 oz. saison
- 1 ½ cup white flour
- 1 T. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- Dash of sugar
- ¼ cup peanut or vegetable oil
- Fresh berries and whipped cream or yogurt for garnish
- Maple syrup
Beat the eggs until really puffy, then add beer and oil. Combine dry ingredients and make a well in the center; pour in wet ingredients and stir just enough to combine. Because the waffles are a little dry on their own, I like them with fresh fruit and yogurt or whipped cream, but maple syrup is a must as well.
Serve with a goblet of saison.