Hobart Brewing Co Brett Saison & Strawberry Fields Forever

Hobart Brewing Company

Published March 27, 2019

They love to play around with the saison style at Hobart Brewing Co and the start of 2019 has seen them release a couple in quick succession – both aged in wine barrels inoculated with Brettanomyces. The Brett Saison, which comes in 750ml bottles, is a beer seemingly after my heart delivering, as one member of the Crafty team put it: "subtle complexity". That it does, balancing a little Bretty pong with a relatively luscious bready malt sweetness, a touch of spice and a mouthwatering juiciness. Delicate, yet with plenty going on.

Strawberry Fields Forever, on the other hand, says: "Subtlety be damned!" A three-way collab with Hobart venue Tom McHugo's and Littlewood Berry Farm, it's a saison aged for nine months on strawberries in wine barrels. The lack of head combined with a haze and colour reminiscent of a French farmhouse cider suggests it's going to be a fair distance removed from its stablemate; indeed, the hefty funk suggests it's spent time rolling around in said stable. A potent acidity places it more in funky Belgian sour than saison territory, with a little stone fruit character sat amid the pungent oomph.

James Smith

Barrel-Aged Brett Saisons
5.7% & 4.7%
Hobart Brewing Company

16 Evans Street
Macquarie Point
TAS 7000

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