Burning Sky, Saison a la Provision – 6.7 per cent, £3.60

Burning Sky, Saison a la Provision – 6.7 per cent, £3.60

Burning Sky, Saison a la Provision – 6.7 per cent, £3.60

First published in Beer of the week
Last updated
by

I THINK we can all go home now – I might have found my Summer beer of 2014.

It's from Burning Sky, a brewery set up in East Sussex by Mark Tranter following his departure from Dark Star, where he had previously been head brewer.

With the aim of producing great farmhouse, barrel-aged and blended ales, Burning Sky have set out to produce a range of saisons that reflect the seasonality and providence of farmhouse-style brewing.

Saison a la Provision is their summer tavern-strength offering; aged in oak foudres with an addition of brettanomyces (think Orval) and lactobacillus (think sour ales).

Pouring cloudy, pale copper, with a huge white head driven by a sparkling effervescence, it certainly gives the appearance of a rustic saison on first impressions. The nose follows suit: sharp, rustic scrumpy, with a faint wisp of lemon sherbet acidity and gooseberry jam.

The mouth-feel is dense yet dry, with a prickly carbonation on the tongue. An initial sappy flavour develops into dry, oaky vanilla, frangipane, and coconut cream.

Cider, sour and rounded, rises in the mouth backed by a note of white wine, sweet and sharp, and verdant bitterness.

Get this while you can, because before long it'll be replaced by their next seasonal saison; Saison l'Automne is brewed with rosehips. In winter we can look forward to hawthorn berries, and when we get back to spring, we'll have their fantastic nettle-tip saison to enjoy once again. Exciting stuff.

Recommended by Michael Bates, Trembling Madness, Stonegate, York

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree