hope “Session Saison” is the next trend in craft beer, because many of
the lighter-bodied saisons I’ve had, like Brooklyn’s ½ Ale and now North
Coast Brewing’s oddly-named “Puck – The Beer”, have been really good.
Much like a session IPA, this has all the flavor of regular saison
without the dense body. Crisp and refreshing but still plenty spicy –
that’s what I want in a saison.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 3/3/15.
Appearance: Pale straw color; surprisingly clear with steady carbonation
visible. Pours to a medium-size, white, foamy head which laces and
Smell: Lovely floral fragrance; slightly zesty and grassy.
Taste: There’s a lot of pep to this palette. Up front there’s a mild
lemon peel/rind/pith flavor accompanied by distinct wheat character.
Slightly cracker-tasting. Quite dry from beginning to end – no juicy
sensation here. Though there is noticeable green pear and apple
character to be found. The finish ends with distinct white pepper and a
yeasty dryness. It’s quite impressive for such a small-bodied beer, and
it doesn’t feel repetitive or old hat. An ideal introductory saison.
Drinkability: At only 4% ABV, “Puck – The Beer” is indeed a session brew
by any standard. The saison yeast gives it plenty of consistent
effervescence, though I did found the mouthfeel to be a little overtly
thin and watery. It’s refreshing while in the mouth and goes down
smooth. I could see this being ideal in the summer and would accompany
food of a wide range. Now if only it were available in cans.