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Your Guide to Australian Craft Beer / Friday 1 August 2014

Southern Bay Le Petit Tronc - Southern Bay Brewing

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Southern Bay Le Petit Tronc

Given this beer is a Saison, a beer with its origins in France and Belgium, one assumed that the “Tronc” in question was some sort of weird reference to a trunk. However, it is instead a reference to the departed head brewer from Little Creatures, Alex Troncoso, who is off to ply his trade at the Camden Town Brewery in London. It turns out that Alex is good mates with another Alex, who is one of the brewers at Southern Bay. Not just one of the brewers at Southern Bay, however, but the one who won last year’s in-house “Southern Bay Super Summer Saison Smackdown” in which all of the brewery team made a small batch of a Saison with the the best one being brewed as the brewery’s next seasonal. So what is this farewell nod to the former Little Creatures Brewer? According to head brewer Hendo, it is “the first non-lager or pale ale that SBBC has ever brewed. Turns out we have an old tank outside our fermentation cellar which lacks any temperature control – this was ideal fermenting conditions for a Saison! The beer displays a really nice citrusy, fruity flavour up front (almost like it’s been dry hopped – it hasn’t) and then some subtle phenolics follow shortly after. This is quite a complex beer yet it’s well balanced.” So, why not grab one and use it to help you chill out through the hot summer months, all the while thinking of poor Alex shivering in the depths of London’s winter…

Available:

Slowbeer
Carlton Cellars
Village Brasserie (ex-Belgian Beer Cafe Bluestone)
East Of Everything
McCoppins
Purvis Cellars
Purvis Beer Richmond
The Prince Patrick Hotel
Prince Wine & Spirits Essendon
Grain & Grape
Grumpys Green
Acland Cellars
Olinda Cellars

Style: Saison
Strength: 6.6%

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