Batch Brewing Co Summer Farmhouse / Zonnebeke India Saison

Style
Saison / India Saison
ABV
4.1% / 7.1%

In time for spring, Batch has brought a couple of saisons to the table. The first is, somewhat ironically, the Summer Farmhouse, a pale, light and lively little wee number that harks back to the original intention of the style: to be a quencher at the end of a long hard day toiling in the farms and fields of France and Belgium. It’s a very clean beer with a soft yeast character that wakes up and rises forth as you let the beer warm – though don’t let it warm too much; this is meant as a refreshing beer less for contemplating than it is for simply enjoying.

Then there’s the Zonnebeke, an India saison, or hoppy saison. The yeast plays a critical role here, beginning with a lovely bubblegum character on the nose and a genuinely intriguing effect on the palate. It’s a hard one to pin down precisely, but something in the area of pepper and clove is a reasonable guide to begin with; the brewers reckon it’s an “expressive yeast” and that’s hard to argue. With American hops Citra, Chinook and Centennial used, there’s a decent nibble of bitterness waiting for you beneath the yeasty characters which also to create a very dry and crisp finish. Sometimes calling something “interesting” is a veiled way of saying it’s bad. As applied to this beer “interesting” means it really is interesting.

Nick O

Published October 27, 2017

Name
Batch Brewing Co
Address

44 Sydenham Road
Marrickville
NSW 2204

Phone
(02) 9550 5432
Open Hours

Mon to Sun: 10am to 8pm

Tours

Sat & Sun: 12.30pm & 3.30pm
Bookings essential. Other times available on request.

AIBA 2024 entries B2
HCH 2024 B

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