Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Special Notes: Part of the Free Rise series, each dry-hopped with a different hop variety.
Hops: Mosaic, Columbus
Malts: Pilsner, Danko Rye, Flaked Wheat, Dextrose
@untappd says: 3.96/5
Time for another remix on the Windowsill!
Back in 2017, I visited Trillium Brewing Company’s Fort Point location for the very first time. Part of my haul that day was a 4-pack of the Free Rise saison dry-hopped with Citra. I really liked it, and reviewed it later that August, but I didn’t realize it was part of a single-hop showcase series at the time.
When I took my trip to Trillium’s Canton location last week, I saw they had the Mosaic dry-hopped version, and I had to have a couple cans. I did a little more research, and it turns out Trillium has released several versions of this beer: The original Free Rise, the aforementioned Citra, a Galaxy one, a Nelson one and a Motueka Free Rise. From what I’ve gathered through reading and tasting, they’re all pretty damn good.
Let’s talk about the Mosaic today, though. Like the Citra, this is a very delicious saison. Like Trillium’s other forays into the style, the Free Rise ignores the tradition of making these saisons a little less alcohol heavy (the style originated in France as the daily 5 liter allotment for farmhands, so it had to be lower in ABV… unless you wanted your farmhands passing out and messing up your farm). It’s got a solid punch at just under 7.5 alcohol by volume, but it retains all of the qualities that make other saisons great. It’s crisp and carbonated with that solid saison yeast flavor, and that extra Mosaic in the dry-hop really makes it quite delicious. I wish I could drink 5 liters of this every day, that’s for sure.
I’ve now tried two of these Free Rise saisons. Can’t wait to try the next kind!
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