Hobart Brewing Co Brett Saison & Strawberry Fields Forever

Barrel-Aged Brett Saisons
5.7% & 4.7%

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

Published March 27, 2019

Hobart Brewing Company

16 Evans Street
Macquarie Point
TAS 7000

Open Hours

Wed & Thurs: 3pm to 8.30pm
Friday: 3pm to 10pm
Saturday: 2pm to 10pm
Sunday: 2pm to 5.30pm

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