Not too terribly long ago, we covered the ultra classy Green Bench Brewing in the City of Green Benches, St. Petersburg.
That beer was a light and funky Saison de Banc Vert (or, simply, Green Bench Saison). It also seems to be something of a signature for the brewery.
But, if you can forgive me for reviving a horrible cliche, Black is the New Green.
Not content to rest on a simple, lovingly crafted saison, They went ahead and plussed it a bit, turning the brightness down quite a bit and creating Saison de Banc Noir (Saison, 6% ABV).
Otherwise known as Black Bench Saison.
As you might guess, this is a black saison. One makes a black saison by taking all of those delicious malts, which included a lot of wheat for this beer, and roasting it just a bit more. For added punch, dark Belgian candi syrups were added.
The entire thing was pitched with brettanomyces and aged in their giant oak foeders.
And if you want to know what it’s like, go with the word dark. It’s dark. Big and deep and dark.
Pour lightly, because it has a big, frothy head that can get a little out of control. And when it goes down, you have a rich beer with a lot of awesome flavors.
The malt and especially the dark syrups bring a very heavy, deep flavor to it, resplendent with heavy dark fruits like raisin and plum. All of that is given a slight sourness from the genius addition of the brett.
It’s sort of the best thing about a winter warmer, those rich flavors, but delivered in a much softer, much lighter, much easier to drink brew.
But should we change St. Pete to the City of Black Benches?
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