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fraisecasseeCollaborations not only allow brewers to work on something together, but also usually provide some unique creations.  Such is the case when Six Row Brewing was approached by The OG, the St. Louis Women’s Craft Beer Collective, to brew up a a special beer they’re calling Fraise Cassèe.

Avid homebrewers Abbey Spencer and Kathy DeLassus developed the recipe for Fraise Cassèe last year and debuted it at the Flying Saucer.  It was such a hit that Evan Hiatt from Six Row was eager to work with Abbey and Kathy to scale this up to a full batch.  Here’s a description of the beer:

Fraise Cassèe (Broken Strawberry) is The OG’s signature Strawberry Saison recipe brewed in collaboration with Six Row Brewing COmpany. A traditional saison with the addition of pureed strawberry makes for a delightfully tart and dry ale with a hint of black pepper and a strawberry finish.

Beginning the first week of April you’ll be begin seeing a limited amount of bottles and draft around the St. Louis area.  And of course you’ll be able to find some at the Six Row tasting room as well. A perfect beer for the beginning of spring!

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their Summer Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry (which during the time I agreed to do this, I wasn’t.)

This week’s school is being taught by, well, me. I’m going to on hand to pretend like I know what I’m talking about and to teach about Saisons.  We’re going to blind taste four different beers while I probably make a jackass of myself.

So, if you’re interested in seeing me stammer and muddle through a Cicero’s Beer School, tonight’s the night.  I’m sure I’ll see some of you there.

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.

This week’s installment of Know Your Styles is being brought to you by William Nordmann of the blog Year of Beer. I’m sure in William’s experiment of trying a new beer everyday of the week he came across a few Saisons last year, so this should be old hat to him. Let’s see what he has to say about Saisons:

Saison

Derived from the French word for season, it is traditionally a low-alcohol pale ale brewed in the Wallonia region of Belgium. Today the style has grown from a light everyday drinking beer to a bigger Belgian style beer with 5-7% alcohol and a tendency towards spicy flavors. This style is closely related to the French Biere de Garde, with the Saison being less malty, more spicy and without any of the Biere de Garde’s musty cellar flavor. Saison was considered a dying style until recently, when at the 2006 GABF, the Saison had a 76% growth over two years. This year, a Saison recipe is one of the options for the Brewers Association’s Big Brew Day.

For my sampling I tasted Saint Somewhere Saison Athene, La Biere des Collines saison, and a local example from Augusta Brewing (batch #1).

What you should be seeing: Saison is defined as a pale ale but the color is never light, and rarely clear. The color in all of the samples was a hazy brown or amber with the occasional bit of sediment. This is a traditional Belgian style with bottle conditioning being common.

What you should be smelling: The aroma should be a pleasant blend of fruitiness and spice. The spice should tend more towards pepper than clove and the fruit more citrus than apple. A strong aroma is common in Saisons. The Saison Athene had a great peppery aroma that could be enjoyed for a while.

What you should be tasting: Saisons are known for their spicy flavors with a light malt profile. Belgian yeast, mild fruitiness and even a hint of sourness is also a possible Saison flavor. The spice flavor can come from hops, but the addition of pepper, grains of paradise, coriander, or orange peel is common for the style. The sourness should be light from a sour mash or a little Lactobacillus but nothing strong like a Lambic or a Flanders. In the samples I received, the Saint Somewhere had a great peppery spicy flavor with some hints of yeast and fruitiness. Unfortunately the other two samples had a bland mild malt flavor with few Saison characteristics.

How you should be drinking: Get out you wide mouthed glasses and enjoy the aroma of the beer you are about to drink. Goblet, tulip or even a pint glass will also suffice.

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