As I stated in the recipe post Super Saison isn't my usual go-to beer. Let's be honest, it's nobodys go-to beer. It is a special ocassion beer by nature. So why have it as a staple in a brewery? Because drinking a beer at End Of Silence is always a special ocassion. Having a breadth of styles and ABVs is always a good idea. Everybody has massive IPAs and Imperial Stouts (as will I), but who has a readily available Super Saison.
Appearance: A foggy orange pour under a frothy egg white head that clings to the sides through the whole drink. Needs a little more carbonation to keep the head up through the whole glass and bubbles for sparkle.
Aroma: Pear and citrus pop from the glass with a light herbal note from the hops and a toasty malt base following behind. A light rosey alcohol comes through in the end with a hint of fresh cracked pepper and cardamom.
Flavor: The tongue follows the nose with pears and citrus, herbal hops, light spiciness, and a hint of cracked pepper. Lots of toasted biscuits. Just a mild funkiness and acidity. Alcohol is light and floral. Bitterness is balancing. Very malty for the style. More like a malty Tripel than a Imperial Saison.
Mouthfeel: Big and bold with a medium body and a fairly dry finish. The maltiness and alcohol with a lower carbonation leave a little more heaviness on the tongue than a Saison should have, no matter the ABV. Needs more carbonation for sure.
Overall: Near miss, not an epic fail. The maltiness, low carobonation, and high alcohol create for a bigger feeling beer than a super drinkable Saison. The hops and esters come across nicely, just too malty and "heavy". A little more bitterness, less Vienna, and higher carbonation would line this up where it needs to be.