Total Score: 6.25/10
Back to Bacchus again! Can’t help myself can I? Well this brew #19 of theirs for me, and they (i.e. Ross) never cease to amaze me with the weird/wonderful combination of beers they come up with. This one is Saison Du Melon, a Saison brewed with Dupont’s (of Saison Dupont fame) yeast strain – which should make this an awesome Saison as I love me some Saison Dupont. So where does the “melon” come in to the equation? This is the Ross Kenrick brilliant bit: utilising that most melony of hops [FYI I once dated a Melanie who ironically had quite a melony personality] Huel Melon hops. Melon-driven hops and Saison yeast with a Pilsner and wheat malt base – what did I say: brilliant! Let’s see how she goes then.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Clear golden body with a crazy active white head that fizzled out to pretty much nothing – interesting reaction from the Dupont yeast perhaps? Although Saison Dupont usually fashions itself a decent head. Must be something else. 6/10.
S: Aroma is totally driven by that spicy/peppery Dupont yeast, hint of Diacetyl (butterscotch note) as well. Not much else in there, is there anything from the hops? Hard to tell through the yeast and Diacetyl (which TBH is a bit unacceptable in a Saison anyhow). This beer is behaving oddly like one I made Saison yeast – had a fizzler of a head and Diacetyl in it too. 5/10.
T: Touch funky/weird from the get go. Spicy/peppery barnyard characters mixed with a dry cracker base and a light melon character – luckily the Diacetyl isn’t noticeable here, otherwise that would probably be a drain-pour scenario. Finish is bone dry and thirst-inducing. Not bad. A really different take on the Saison style with the stripped back flavours and the dryness in the finish – the yeast has less to work with and as a result contributes less to the flavour profile than say, I don’t know, Saison Dupont. In any case it tastes more like a Lager than a Saison. 7/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a very excitable carbonation – let’s just say I couldn’t count the burps I had on both hands. Yeah a bit too much CO2 here. 6/10.
D: Yeah ended up with more of a Lager than a Saison here, which is a bit disappointing because the promise of a melon flavoured Saison was really what drove me to buy this. Bacchus has few misses among their hits but this is one of them. Although, that said, if I was rating this as a typical Adjunct Lager it would have scored a bit higher for me. 6/10.
Food match: Pizza, if you can handle all the burps this beer induces.