This is a 6.4% Saison with rhubarb and raspberries. A saison is described as a traditional farmhouse style of beer, and this is a cloudy light-coloured ale made with a base of Pilsner malt, with some Vienna and CaraMunich for some biscuitty and caramel notes, and some wheat malt. Hops were Fuggles and East Kent Golding, with some Huel Melon at the end. This was a new hop to me, but gives strawberry and melon aromas. It certainly smells that way from the packet. Yeast was Mangrove Jack’s French Saison, which seems pretty much the same as their Belgian ale yeast. It was fermented at 26-27C as reccomended, to get the fruity, spicy flavours you want, and it fermented out very dry, to 1.001.
I added 450g of fairly thinly sliced rhubarb to the last 20 mins of the boil, then another 450g of sliced blanched rhubarb in the primary fermentation in a bag. After fermentation had pretty much finished at 9 days, I added another 750g of sliced and blanched rhubarb and 500g of pasteurised (80C) freshly picked raspberries to the suspended bag. This was left for another 10 days or so, before the bag was removed and I bottled the beer.
It has come out a lovely orangey-pink colour, like cloudy pink grapefruit juice. It is a refreshing, slightly tart, dry but very fruity beer, and you can really taste the rhubarb and raspberries. Lovely chilled and drunk in the garden, but watch the 6.4%!