Zeelandt Barrel Aged Saison 2014 (500ml Bottle)
The making of this beverage embodies the coming together of two Hawke's Bay brothers. One a winemaker, the other a brewer.
When the winemaker arrived at the brewery with an empty, seasoned French Barrel, the brewer had a desire to fill it. He did so and it remained that way for 12 months, developing unique flavours.
The barrel had previously been used for Petane Station Single Vineyard Hau Hau Pinot Gris, which grows next to Zeelandt Brewery in Esk Valley. The beer is Saison, a style perfect to quench the thirst after long days in the vineyard.
The beer has now developed its own style; fermenting dry in barrel and taking on oak characters.
There are 440 bottles, each
Fruity esters dominate the aroma. Clarity is good with a large foamy head on top. The addition of several spices and herbs create a complex fruity or citrusy flavor. Light to medium bodied with very high carbonation. Alcohol level is medium to high.