The 12 Beer Reviews of Christmas #2: Spinnakers Dragonfly Rye Saison

20161227_011142.jpgFrom the label:

Dragonflies are a symbol of transformation and for us, symbolize the welcome return of Spring. Brewed with Canadian pilsner and rye malt, American hops and a french saison yeast, our Dragonfly Rye has a delicate balance of fruit and spice, with a light body and a refreshingly dry finish.

Stats: ABV:6.5%; IBU 25

Tasting notes:

This beer pours out a light tree sap amber colour with a finger of effervescent head that fizzes away quickly and leaves a touch of lacing.

The nose is spicy and dusty from the combination of rye and saison yeast, with a touch of floral hops taking a back seat. The palate is quite malty with a touch of coriander, rye spice, some undefinable fruit notes, and subtle hops . The mouthfeel is light-bodied, with average carbonation, and a nice dry finish.

It’s unusual to see a saison use French yeast, especially in combination with American hops. The balance works quite well, but the beer had a mild sourness to it that made me think perhaps there was some contamination. The label says nothing about it being a sour, so that was a little off-putting.

Rating: 3.5/5