Golden Spur Saison
Golden Spur Saison is light in color but full in flavor. We use a Belgain Saison yeast fermented warm for enhanced yeast flavor - and at 6.7% ABV this beer has a ton of flavor.
Our Spring Seasonal, Golden Spur Saison, is light in color and very dry - but don't let that fool you. This brew hits 6.7% ABV and the Saison yeast used in this beer packs quite a flavor wallop. We fermented it warm at 75 - 85 degrees Fahrenheit for increased yeast flavor enhancing the banana, clove and fruit flavor compounds the yeast naturally produces and imparting a slightly sour taste to the beer due to a small increase in acidity.
The beer gets its name from the Battle of the Golden Spurs in the City of Courtrai on July 11th, 1302. The city is located in Flanders (just north of Wallonia - the origin of Saison), so we imagine the victorious defending militia drank copious amounts of Saison. To commemorate this, we've named our beer after the battle. (NOTE: There's no historical evidence that the militia drank Saison after the battle - it's just what we would have done).History of Saison
For starters, Saison means Season in French. Historically it comes from Wallonia (specifically the province Hainaut), a French speaking region of Belgium (it's kinda like Canada's Quebec). Traditionally this beer was low in ABV (3% - 4%), produced by local farmers (not brewers), brewed in the winter, and was served to migrant workers who helped with the Summer harvest. According to The Oxford Companion to Beer, there is reason to believe that traditional Saisons varied greatly from year to year - brewed with whatever grain farmers had (barley, wheat, rye, spelt) and often instead of hops, whatever spices and herbs were available.