As spring approaches, so do the seasonal saison brews. The perfect saison in my mind should be funky like a Belgian and refreshing like a pilsner. The giant, mutant rabbit on the can of Beatrix Spring Saison by Mystery Brewing has the funky part down. I’m about 100% sure that this can is going to give me nightmares about zombies walking oversized forest creatures on leashes. Prior to picking up this four pack, I hadn’t really seen canned brews from Mystery available for purchase. Being the sucker for new beers and interesting label art that I am, I had no choice but to give this beer a shot.
Beatrix Saison pours a hazy, golden straw with an anemically thin and bubbly head. The aroma is like a florist inside a bakery. There’s a slightly sweet bready/grainy aspect that props up notes of floral citrus. The hoppiness leans this saison slightly into IPA territory, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Very interesting…
The flavor profile also creeps a little further into the land of pale ales with bright citrus characteristics of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. The bready/biscuity grains add a balancing sweetness that takes some of the edge off the hops. The finish is crisp and peppery with a lingering hoppy bitterness. This saison certainly isn’t afraid to be more hop forward than what is traditional for the style.
Beatrix isn’t your typical saison. Although some of the fruitiness that is customary for the style is replaced with hoppier characteristics, you still know you’re drinking a saison. This brew definitely hits the mark for flavorful refreshment (A+ tailgating/grilling option). If you aren’t fortunate enough to be located near a butcher that carries giant, mutant rabbit, grilled chicken would be a sufficient food pairing substitute.
- Appearance: Golden straw
- Aroma: Bready, floral citrus
- Flavor: Lemon, orange, grapefruit, biscuity, peppery bitterness
- Mouthfeel: Light
- ABV: 6.9%
- Size/Price: 4pk 16 oz. / $10
- Score: 85