The king of all cooking spices makes its beer debut! The Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale by Fullsteam Brewery certainly scores points for creativity, and I’m already going out on a limb and pairing this one with pizza. I might even make it into pizza…
This farmhouse ale pours a pale straw color with minimal head, giving it the look of uncarbonated champagne. The aroma has a thick bready base with notes of banana and baking spices. There isn’t much basil on the nose, but it fits the bill for a farmhouse ale.
The flavor takes a complete 180 from the aroma. The basil arrives unfashionably early to the party followed by peppery spice and unripe fruit (strawberry?). These delicate flavors rest on a light, uncarbonated body with a smooth cream ale-like texture.
The Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale is complex in a subtle way. The aroma tricks the palate into prepping for sweetness before the flavor profile administers a low and slow dose of bitter, tongue-numbing spice. In conclusion, pair with pizza. The End.
- Appearance: Pale straw, champagne
- Aroma: Bread, banana, baking spices
- Flavor: Basil, pepper, unripe strawberry
- Mouthfeel: Light, low carbonation
- ABV: 5%
- Size/Price: 4 Pack 16 oz. / $9-$10
- Score: 82