A fun take on a saison, which is typically light in color and derived from a non-roasted grain bill, this is a richer, heartier option, with a gorgeous brown color, attractive roasty character and pleasantly pronounced bitter-hop edge. There's typical saison-esque spice on the nose, but it's complemented by scents of cocoa nib, toasted brown bread, peanut skin, raisin and dried cherry. The medium-weight, creamy body is lifted by a subtle warmth and sweet spice character that hangs on to the finish. Don't drink this one too cold, or you'll lose some of the deeper toasted spice and dried fruit characteristics.
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Managing Editor, Print, and Tasting Director
Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).