Hombrewing – Green Bullet Saison Part 2
As the weather has gotten warmer I have been craving a light tart saison. Currently I have brewed three of them that are aging away. Recently, I bottled one that was exclusively hopped with Green Bullet hops. I wanted to sit down and post a tasting of this beer.
This beer was brewed back in early January. Here you can see my recipe and brew day notes. The beer is a straightforward take on saison with a base of pilsner malt and some Vienna and wheat to add a bit of complexity. I chose the Green Bullet hops as they are a dual purpose hop that provide ample bittering and aroma. This beer was the first beer that I have gotten a chance to use my new floor corker. Overall I was impressed with the look and the feel of the caged and corked bottles. I do think I added a little too much sugar at bottling as the bottle gushed a bit as I opened it.
The Green Bullet pours a cloudy burnt orange with a large white . The head slowly dissipates with tight bubbles leaving nice lacing on the glass.
Strong fruity esters leap from the glass. They fade into hints of citrus and bubble gum. A slight wheaty malt characteristic shines through along with a spicy hop finish from the green bullets.
Similar to the nose, a nice malty wheat flavor shines through. Moves to notes of orange and lemon peel backed by a peppery hint. The beer finishes dry with tart bitterness that lingers. The beer taste a little yeasty but with a little time it will fade.
The beer has a pronounced mouth feel. It is surprisingly full feel for how low this beer fermented out. This is a testament to French saison yeast. Carbonation is good but could use a little bit more to accentuate the dry and bitter finish.
I am pleased with the way this beer turned out. It is very drinkable and will only get better as it develops in the bottle longer. I would brew this beer again as it will be very nice to have as the weather gets warmer.