Monday, September 5, 2011

Dub Siren Saison

hipster_sirenThis is a Belgian/French Strong Ale done with the classic Saison Du Pont yeast.  With the acidulated malt, wheat and the bitter orange peel, it has the tart mouth of a classic Wit, but the wonderful phenolic nose of a Saison, plus a pepper bite.  Also, because I couldn’t get the DuPont strain to finish low enough, I brewed-up a Belgian Ardennes starter about three-quarters of the way through fermentation, and pitched that to get the beer to finish, so it also has a little bit of that Belgian funk present.  Think Avery White Rascal crossed with a Belgian Triple and you get close.  The recipe is the Saison Etè from the Woodland Hills HBWC Shop.

  • 4 oz. German acid malt
  • 12 oz. German wheat malt
  • 8 oz. German Vienna
  • 9 lbs. pale liquid malt extract
  • 1 lb. Belgian rock candy sugar
  • 1.65 oz. Styrian Goldings hops (bittering)
  • 2 oz. Czech Saaz (aroma)
  • 1 tsp. coriander seed
  • 1/2 tsp. black peppercorn
  • 1/2 oz. bitter orange peel
  • Fermented with Wyeast 3724 Saison yeast at 68-80, then finished with Wyeast 3522 Belgian Ardennes.

For the label, I started with a Mermaid theme, but found this wonderful Club-Princess mermaid and just cropped the top third of the photo, and “dubbed” her the Dub Siren.  It just felt right.  The QR code takes you here.

Brewed:  June 2011 from a birthday gift, and Bottled July 2011.  Excellent result, will definitely brew again.  Wife loves it.