Zebulon Artisan Ales
Saison Vieille Provision (For Gene Wilder)
Saison/Farmhouse Ale
North Carolina
25.4oz, Single
Close to two finger head, bright white with very good retention, the lacing sticks better than usual for the category as well. Faint glow to the yellow gold hue, the liquid filled with tiny bubbles throughout, churns up the fine particulate so there's not much clarity to it. The nose has a dryness which creates a certain tautness, white pepper, yeast, sage, tarragon, and a generalized grassiness, only mildly vinous, straightforward peach, apricot fruit scents, overall clean and not all that funky. Full-bodied, the strong carbonation adroitly battles the inclination towards heaviness. Peppery and savory, more brett influence here yet still not all that funky. Clove, lemon peel and green hay with a trace of bubblegum, not as yeasty as the nose suggests. Moderate sourness, green apple to cherry nuances to that apricot, peach base. Smooth and easy drinking, the high level of carbonation ensures a fresh finish.
4 out of 5