Valencia Saison is a beer I designed in late 2013 to be brewed at Premium Beers from Spain, the brewers of La Socarrada and Er Boquerón. To date (December 20, 2015) two batches have been brewed. Recently the guys at Premium Beers from Spain asked me for tasting notes. Tonight I dug my only bottle of batch 2 out, put on my impartial tasting notes hat, and came up with the following.
Name: Valencia Saison
Brewer: Premium Beers from Spain
Appearance: Slightly cloudy (gently poured), warm 24K gold color. Fluffy, white, aggressive long lasting head.
Aromas: Fresh orange juice, soda bread, honey, clean earth, citrus oil, and orange blossoms.
Flavors: Lightly toasty, crisp and slightly tannic graininess in the malts. Hops are floral, citrus, orange/tangerine, and slightly spicy. Yeast is bready and peppery.
Mouthfeel: Medium light mouthfeel and carbonation is bursting when it hits the palate. Long lasting slightly astringent, citrus and white pepper spice finish.
Overall Impression: All the rustic, crisp, and peppery characters of a classic, old world Saison as the backbone – with inescapable Valencia orange aromas and flavors. Reminds me of sourdough toast smothered in orange marmalade. Simultaneously rough and crisp – the contrast of juicy orange characters and a dry spicy finish balanced nicely. A very unique and extraordinary Saison.
Frankly I'm a tough critic of beers I design. In this case, I'm really pleased. The head brewer, Rafa Suñer, at Premium Beers from Spain has once again done an excellent job brewing this beer. I hope others enjoy this beer as thoroughly as I do.