KING STREET SAISON – BLOCK THREE BREWERY
The scene: it’s Friday night and the kids are in bed. Dishes are done and there’s an hour and a half before one of the grownups falls asleep. We open the fridge, and ‘ta-da’ (as our 2 year old likes to exclaim), there’s a beautiful tall bottle of Block Three’s King Street Saison looking at us. At 500ml, it’s the perfect sized beer to share. So, fittingly, Greg and I are posting our first double review.
What Kate says:
Based in St. Jacobs, Block 3 calls this their flagship beer, a Belgian Saison, with notes of citrus, coriander, peppercorn and bubblegum. I’m a sucker for most Belgian brews, and since Greg had tasted this before, he warned me that, “this is a ‘Kate’ beer, through and through”.
It certainly is. The beer smells much sweeter than it is. And the forethought of bubblegum makes it stand out on your palate. (Sidenote: I now wonder if it’s that bubblegum taste that I love about all Belgians. Hmm…perhaps I should do some further sampling.)
This is a smooth, light, easy drinking saison at 4.6% Alc/Vol, and it made me salivate for more after the first sip. It’s strange to think of citrus and bubblegum flavours together, but it works, deliciously.
What Greg says:
This is a pleasantly dry saison, and a nice change of pace for as guy who likes hops-forward beers. It smells sweeter and more sour than it actually tastes. Of course, I drank it with a head cold, so my senses were a bit muted.
Traditionally, Belgian saisons, also known as farmhouse ales, were a style of beer brewed in the winter months and intended to refresh farmers working in the hot summer months. But with its notes of coriander, spice and almost apple cider-like smell, this brew reminds me of Christmas.
It poured with a frothy, clean white head, and tasted fresh – hats off to Block Three for actually putting a bottling date on this beer, so we knew it was brewed up just six weeks ago.