The J. Marie Saison from River North Brewery in Denver, Colorado is made with only two malts, one hop and pure saison yeast. The saison is apricot in color with a fine cloud and topped with a two finger, white head that slowly reduces down. Redolent aromas on the nose. Bubble gum, clove, fruit and slightly yeasty. Good flavor in the mouth with nice fruit, peppery spice and an underlying sweetness. More bitter than tart. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Some lacing on the glass. Clean mouthfeel. Long finish that is dry and flavorful.
This is a very good beer but it is not a typical saison. It has more weight and is less tart than what comes to mind when I think of a saison. Nevertheless, this is a good craft beer that is a delight to drink. Recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 7.5% ABV
Beer 124 of 366 for 2012