So far, I’ve been a bit fan of everything that’s come out of the Leviathan series. Its an example of a brewery that does its standard stuff well, but really takes advantage of an opportunity to step up into a different realm.

saison_royale_4pkThe saison almost deceived me because its blue label is very close to the Baltic Porter, and I didn’t realize it was a new one until I got up close. But I am glad I realized it, and took it home.

This pours a cloudy yellow amber with plenty of sediment. For those of you who don’t know, a saison style is, according to beer advocate,

Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there’s been a massive revival; especially in the US. This is a very complex style; many are very fruity in the aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness. Lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.”

So, it isn’t summer, but saisons are now brewed year-round. The spices in them also go very well with the crisp and inspiring feeling of late fall. I like the complexity of saisons, so I was really happy to see Harpoon attempt one.

The aroma is great – very fruity. According to Harpoon, they also added rosemary and white pepper to enhance the spice. I wish I had known that yesterday, when I made a rosemary and onion roast chicken. It probably would have pulled out the spices quite well. This tastes to me a bit peppery, but very sweet still underneath. I can’t honestly say that I can pull out the rosemary flavor, but I do like the balance of the hops and malts, giving this almost a nutty flavor. This is very savory, and calls for you to take another sip after eveyr taste.

I recommend this one, and I ‘d say its another great winter/fall beer because of the spices. I love this time of year – especially when the frost start forming on the ground. Trying beers like this that warm you with their alcohol, spices and wonderful flavor. Perfect for this season, I’d highly recommend this Harpoon Brew.