I was fortunate this past weekend between periods of working odd shifts at work to make it up to the Flying Saucer and sample Southern Star's newest beer. You may remember that this particular beer was brewed from a winning recipe by the winner of Southern Star's first ever home brew contest. And just like Saint Arnold's next Divine Reserve will be entered into the Great American Beer Festival's Pro Am competition. This is an interesting sounding Saison, brewed with 6 different malts, 3 different hops, blended yeast, grains of paradise, orange peel, coriander and ginger were all used to make this unique beer.
The Beer: This one pours an orangish color with a good sized white head. The nose is fruity, yeasty, a bit of ginger, white pepper, and floral notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good level of carbonation, notes of orange peel and coriander really show up on the flavor. There is a nice white pepperyness to it as well, smooth, somewhat creamy, but over all a lighter body than expected. The beer has an unusual finish. My initial thoughts were that it had a rather sweet finish, and I think it does, however it conflicts with a lingering dry finish. Even though there is a sweetness to it, it contrasts with a clean crispness as well which keeps the beer from being cloyingly sweet which could have detracted from the over all flavor. Another good solid beer from Southern Star, I only wish they could have canned it. This one gets a strong B from me. Folks at BA like it as well.