Blue Saison w/ Dragonfruit Tasting

Appearance

Deep blue violet color with light purple head. great clarity, minimal haze.

Aroma

Earthy, woodsy, floral, spicy, mossy. Light saison character.

Taste

It hits with a mouthful of heavy woody, floral notes and washes with light saison character. It leaves an herbal, flowery aftertaste with a little sweetness I think I’m getting from the dragonfruit.

Mouthfeel

High carbonation, prickly. Light to medium viscosity, finishes dry.

Notes

This beer was a bit much. The butterfly pea flower flavor is pungent and overpowering, very little saison character, and muddled flavors. I can see how they can lend some good notes to beer, but I went really heavy and the beer was blue ish, so this was fun.

Check the recipe here.

Blue Saison w/ Dragonfruit

I was brewing a simple beer (my 3rd sour) to rack on a yeast cake from my first sour and had an extra gallon of wort. That gave me some room to experiment (muhaha).

Butterfly Pea FlowersSo I’d gotten some Organic Dried Butterfly Pea Flowers from Amazon a few months back and I wanted to give em’ a whirl. They’re from Southeast Asia and people make blue herbal tea with them. I went a bit extreme on this recipe with 1 oz, but damn. that color!

Most places I’ve seen describe it as “earthy.” Bon Appetit describes the taste as “earthy and woodyβ€”more similar to a fine green tea.” I like green tea and saisons are generally, earthy. More on that later.

The beer’s OG was 1.044 and I racked the 1 gallon of wort onto 1 oz of butterfly pea flowers into a 1 gallon carboy. I was pitching a slurry of WLP4021 into the sour so i saved some for this. 2 days into fermentation I added 2.76 oz of honey which took the OGΒ  up to 1.052.Blue saison

8 days later, the beer had gone down to 1.006.

I then racked the beer onto 2 dragon fruit (white flesh). To prep the fruit I scooped out all the flesh, put it in the freezer bag, mashed it up (by squeezing), and froze it for a few days. Freezing fruit creates ice crystals which puncture or break down the cell walls, which allow maximum extraction of flavor & sugar (fruity goodness). Read more about it here.dragonfruit

 

 

 

 

 

6 days later the FG was down to 1.001 (quite dry), so I bottled. Tasting notes to follow.

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Notes

Brewed: 8/10/18 | Honey: 8/12 | Fruited: 8/18 | Bottled: 8/24/18

OG: 1.052 | FG: 1.001 | ABV: 7%

*+1 ABV for fruit addition.

Tasting notes here.