Then (Cab Franc Skin and Vine Saison)
Then / Cab Franc Skin and Vine Saison
Merit Brewing | 750ml | 7.5%
Merit's goal with this beer was to represent the beginning and end of harvest. Last year they took hundreds of pounds of Rosewood Cab Franc skins, sealed them, and stored them frozen so they could be used in the future. This past April, they went to the same vineyard and trimmed the canes on the vines, dried them, and used them to toast & smoke a small portion of the grain used in this beer. Then they brewed a classic Saison base that was aged on the Cab Franc skins.
The goal was to create a flavour profile similar to those found in piquettes. ‘Then’ displays bright spring raspberry, funky cranberry & strawberry fruitiness alongside subtle tartness. As it warm, plum emerges and wisps of leather and smoke emerge delicately. Then’ finishes very dry with bright and high carbonation.