Lighthouse – Sauertieg Farmhouse Ale: This saison / farmhouse ale is brewed in Victoria at a strength of 7% abv with a sourdough starter yeast from a local bakery (Sauertieg as I learned is the essentially sourdough in German). This was enjoyed at home in a 22 oz glass.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a very clear golden honey, with a crazy amount of bubbles, a generous 3 fingers of foam and a quality head retention. The aroma is spicy coriander, grass, yeast and pepper.
Flavour: I got a lot of spice and some mild sour upfront, with a creamy yet light mouth feel and doughy middle and a slightly bitter spicy finish.
Overall Impression: This was nice and kind of interesting in it’s creation. Likely a lot of beers and farmhouse ales were probably made with bread yeast starters in the older days. Hard to tell it’s 7% abv, pretty strong for a saison but it isn’t noticeable.
Rating: I give it a very good rating of 7/10, an interesting offering partnering with a local bakery and worth a try. I was wishing it had a bit of that typical farmhouse funk in it, that would have been a real treat.
Food Pairing: These kinds of beers pair quite nicely with peppery salami or farmers sausage or a peppered goat cheese.