The History of Saison 1858
For hundreds of years, farmers in the agricultural regions of southern Belgium and northern France have brewed ale to serve to the farm workers: food and drink were part of the daily wage. Often brewed in the winter months, when farming activity was slower, these seasonal summer beers became known as "saison" beers - French for "season." The flavors and strength found in different saisons ranged widely, depending on the farm's regional ingredients and the brewer's palate, but word of an especially tasty saison at a farm would surely help attract workers for future work.
Saison 1858 is made from barley malt, unmalted wheat, hops, and a bit of spice: coriander and orange peel; the yeast strain is traditional, and Saison 1858 is bottle-conditioned. Du Bocq was established in 1858, and this date is memorialized in their Saison 1858.
Glowing gold color, medium body, and a complex Belgian-yeast aroma; crisp flavor with a bit of inviting, dynamic acidity - balanced by forward hops. Beautiful soft carbonation and mouthfeel from bottle conditioning.
Rich, hearty foods are perfect with Saison 1858: cream soups; full-flavored entrees like wild mushrooms, duck, or pheasant; even a bold vinaigrette salad dressing won't overpower this ale. Saisons are traditionally served in substantial 250 ml (9 oz.) tumblers.
5/5 stars, "Exceptionally great; something special," Celebrator Beer News, June/July 2016
Gold Medal, 94 Points and Top-Rated Saison, World Beer Championships, May 2014
"World's Best Saison," World Beer Awards, 2013
Product Sizes and Quantities
- 25.4-ounce (750 ml) bottles / 6 per case
- 7.92 gallon (30 liter) kegs
ABV: 6.4% - OG: 1.070 - IBU: 38
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, wheat, sugar, coriander, orange peel, brewer's licorice, yeast.
Nutritional info: Serving Size - 12 oz. (355 ml). Calories: 217; Total Fat 0 g (0% Daily Value); Sodium 14 mg (<1% DV); Total Carbohydrates 15 g (5% DV); Sugars 0 g; Protein 1 g (2% DV). (Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet.)