Saison Au Genièvre, Left Hand Brewing’s current seasonal offering, is a smooth-drinking effort that possesses a tremendous amount of flavors. The beer pours with a yellow to gold coloration with a decent amount of fluffy white head that rapidly dissipates. There is little in the way of lacing here; the initial nose of Saison Au Genièvre has a good amount of yeast and a bit of booziness. The first time that one delves into the beer they will be greeted with hints of pears and apples and a bit of crackers. The sweetness does marvelously in keeping away the considerable dryness that is a part of the saison style. I feel that Left Hand’s latest saison is a tremendous shake up to a somewhat stale style.
The overall pepperiness of most saisons is muted here. Left Hand has added a bit of floral components to this seasonal, ensuring that one will continually get different twists and turns with each subsequent sip. The hints of hay and grass are present, but the juniper berries act as a middle ground between the farmhouse style and more fruited/fruit-forward beers. Left Hand’s decision to keep this at a somewhat-higher ABV than many saisons keeps the flavor profile consistent from one’s initial sip until the final quaff from each 16-ounce can.
We previously reviewed Left Hand’s Oktoberfest a few years back. Check out the Left Hand website for additional information about the brewery’s year-round and seasonal efforts. Saison Au Genièvre is available throughout Left Hand’s distribution network through the fall season.