So what is Saison? The modern saison beer is a pale ale known for high carbonation and light, refreshing taste. Spices and fruit accents are often mixed into the brewing processes to add light flavors in with the yeast. These light, effervescent beers provide excellent refreshment as the temperature climbs. With spring freshly finished and summer still full of hot, thirsty days, many breweries are rolling out their saison beers. Customers usually want something light and fun during the summer.
The key to this unique treat is the saison yeast and the creative additions to the brew. Saison beers are often where brewmasters experiment with unique tastes and ingredients. Saisons are also often bottle conditioned, adding to their simple farmhouse style by coming to their carbonation through additional yeast in the bottle. Saison craft beers are known for their fruit notes and unusual flavor elements, such as citrus, spices and other non-traditional components.