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Title: Saison for a competition
Post by: gmac on October 11, 2011, 11:31:10 PM
Just want to clarify.  I have a saison with coriander, ginger, peppercorns and grapefruit zest that I'm going to enter into a competition.  Saison as a style 16C can have spices right?  Or do I need to put this into the spiced beer category?  As I read the guidelines spices are fine in a saison but I wanted to double check.
Title: Re: Saison for a competition
Post by: James Lorden on October 11, 2011, 11:55:45 PM
Herbs and spices are fine
Title: Re: Saison for a competition
Post by: snowtiger87 on October 12, 2011, 09:21:50 AM
Spices can go in a Saison, but they should be part of the overall beer profile and not stand out on their own. As a judge if I could pick out a certain one I would consider that a flaw.
Title: Re: Saison for a competition
Post by: tankdeer on October 19, 2011, 07:48:10 PM
Spices can go in a Saison, but they should be part of the overall beer profile and not stand out on their own. As a judge if I could pick out a certain one I would consider that a flaw.
Agreed. 99% of the flavor of a saison should come from the yeast. Additional spices should only compliment or add complexity. If you taste a saison and say to yourself, "this taste like coriander", you added too much.