I’ve been looking to trying the Chevaliers as they scored gold in the AIBA awards in best Belgian/French style ale 2016. So when Bridge Road noted that the Chevalier Saison should “present citrus character combined with grassy hop flavours” makes this a great beer to have with food, brewed in the classic Belgian farm ale style. I was expecting just that in which it lived up to expectations.

Bridge Road Brewers have crafted their own Saison to add to their Chevalier range. This beer is quite unique, light straw in colour, with a tight bright white head. Aromas are dominated by esters and phenolic characters, owing to the Saison yeast strain, which also gives the beer its characteristic tart, dry and acidic profile.

Who: Bridge Road– Style: Saison– ABV: 6% – Where: Beechworth VIC.

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AROMA -7/10

APPEARANCE – 5/5

FLAVOUR – 12/15

PALATE- 8/10

FINISH – 8/10

OVERALL – 40/50

As a beer style, saison began as a pale ale brewed in the cooler, less active months in farmhouses in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, and stored for drinking in the summer months. Typically known as Belgium farms ales these beers represent a great alternative.

As from the glass shot you can see a large amount of head once poured with a yellow strew colour. Aromas are dominated by esters and phenolic characters,which gives the beer its characteristic tart, dry and acidic profile. Crisp clean and refreshing. It would have complemented well as the taste and palate are cleansing and not overpowering. Light on sourness, moderate hop bitterness.followed by the slight frusity sweetness that levels the tartness very nicely and ends with a very short crisp sweetness on the finish. Overall, a bloody nice drop which will see me purchase again.

Happy drinking.

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