My Wylam Brewery beers are really starting to wane now and I only have one or two left. ‘Reflections in the Present’ is a wild mixed fermentation saison in collaboration with a brewery from across the pond; Forest and Main. They are based in a little town out in Pennsylvania and appear to specialise in this style. Saisons remain a bit of a mystery and a type of beer I am always eager to try. Apparently brewing this beer involved a 5 month fermentation process which is really interesting to me.
Visually the beer has a pale yellow colour to it with a very light cloudiness. A little citrusy on the nose for me but with the classic, farmhouse ale aroma. The body of the beer reminds me a little of homemade lemonade or perhaps bitter white grapes. There is also a black pepper like quality for me on the finish which adds a nice dynamic to the beer.
A quick note on the can art: Gorgeous as always with Wylam. Abstract and makes me think of a holiday sunset while looking out towards the water.
I feel like I’m not yet well versed enough in Saisons to give an in depth opinion but I do know whether I like a beer or not. And I like this beer. It is of course completely different to any other style but the flavours are subtle and refreshing. The beer is clean drinking and light making it ideal in the hot weather. I feel like this is a beer that would pair really well with food. I will continue to look out for Saisons and to get to better grips with the style!
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- Hops: Centennial Leaf
- Malt: Pale
- IBU: Not Available
- ABV: 4.5%
- Gluten Free: No
- Vegan: Yes!