What is a saison?
In North America, we often refer to saisons as farmhouse ales. This is the perfect beer to make during the summer months; see my Homebrew Happenin’s column for more about that.
Our five volunteer beer experts are:
Warren Boyer, BJCP-Certified brewer & community leader
Mike Garson, aka Mike’s Craft Beer: an experienced beer event judge and tireless beer reviewer
Lynn McIlwee of Hops Canary: experienced beer event judge and homebrewer
Chelsea McDowell of Brewtiful BC: experienced beer event judge and homebrewer
Paul Pyne of DrinkSmarter: Certified Cicerone®, beer tutor, and good guy everybody knows by sight.
How judging is done
Our unsanctioned competition uses a Zagat-like 30-point rating with a weighted scale based loosely on the BJCP Scoresheet. Panellists are instructed to give an honest rating, not a sugar-coating. There is always something about each beer that at least one or two panelists with either like or dislike!
Appearance: 3 points
Aroma: 6 points
Palate (mouthfeel): 3 points
Flavour: 8 points
Overall Impression: 10 points
TOTAL: 30 POINTS
Note: neither What’s Brewing nor Legacy Liquor Store bear responsibility for the opinions expressed within, which are solely those of the individual panelists.
And the winner is:
We have a tie game! As seen below, both Four Winds and Strange Fellows averaged exactly 25 out of 30.
Bayard got the Panel’s only unanimous perfect ratings for Stylistic Accuracy and Appearance.
Meanwhile, La Maison scored highest for Flavour and Aroma.
Happily, all the beers did well this round.