As beer styles go the Saison is a bit of a blank canvas. Originally from Flanders, brewed for the farmhands working the fields, it’s a low alcohol, well-balanced brew. It used to be brewed in the colder months,
No heavy hops, no overbearing malts, just a nice balance between the two, fruity, spicy, highly carbonated with a nice orange colour.
So when I was asked to come up with a nice refreshing lemon beer for a Chinese client I just knew it would have to be a Saison. They kindly provided me with a lot (a LOT) of their wonderful lemons and set to work!
The result: Emperador Yu, a refreshing, subtle lemon saison that goes really well with spicy Asian food and strong cheeses. Mmmmm.