A month ago I tried Blanche de Namur from the Bocq brewery. That won a justified World Beer Award in 2012; a year later Bocq Saison 1858 was also crowned best in its class.
In view of the length of time since my last saison beer (from Dupont) and the fact that Spring should really be here now that the clocks have switched to Summer time, I’ve decided to shut out the non-seasonal cool damp weather and open what I hope will be a breath of fresh summer air.
Back in June it was raining, too, but the Dupont worked its wonder on me. I hope the Bocq can do the same.
It pours a hazy pale gold with a medium lasting white head. The aroma is distinctly orange peel, coriander, pepper and yeast with a little pale malt and grain creeping in as the beer warms. The taste continues the theme; it starts with orange /tangerine with a slight sour tang and spiciness and then works its way towards sweet apple and citrus. Bitterness is light to medium and there’s a well balanced malt background.
This beer is refreshing , easy to drink, not too strong (6,4% alc. Vol.) and makes you want to open a second one. A typical and very good seasonal beer. Because of its pronounced orange, coriander and spice characteristics, a slight step above the Dupont.
Interesting fact: Brasserie du Bocq started life as a truly seasonal brewery in 1858; the farmer Martin Belot only brewed beer in the winter when there was no work for the farmworkers on the fields. In 1960 the last farming activities stopped and today the brewery is in its sixth generation and has a capacity of 74500 hl.