The Keeper’s Veil Saison by Burial Beer Co. is a farmhouse ale brewed with honey and a plethora of herbs and spices, including: chamomile, hibiscus, rose, passionflower, heather, elderflower, and lavender. There’s so many botanicals in this ale that I’ll actually be using it as an all-natural juice cleanse next week. I’ll keep you updated on the rejuvenation process.
Further, I would be doing his saison a disservice if I didn’t acknowledge the totally badass bottle art. Burial does an exceptional job producing creative labels in their grotesque, macabre theme. This would likely be Edgar Allan Poe’s brewer of choice if he was still kicking around, but since he’s not… We can pay tribute to the deceased poet by naming the juice cleanse after him. Edgar’s Burial Saison Cleanse… It has a nice ring to it. Anyway…
The Keeper’s Veil pours a golden, bronze-tinted straw with a white, lacy head. The aroma is a strong base of honey wrapped in a bouquet of flower/vegetation tones. Elderflower, tea, and hibiscus give the nose an herbal character with fruit highlights of pear and orange peel.
The flavor profile leads off with a tart punch of lemon and cranberry. This transitions into a robust honey base that makes this saison border on being a mead. Elder flower, grass, tea, and other botanicals drift in and out of the flavor before ending with a numbing tartness. The mouthfeel is an odd combination of light and syrupy. A healthy amount of carbonation helps the body maintain its lightness.
The Keeper’s Veil is an outstanding saison that tests the limits of the style in a highly entertaining way. A variety of herbal flavors dance across an unusual texture in what I would consider a truly unique experience. Even if the cleanse doesn’t work out, I’ll most definitely be adding this to my rotation.
- Appearance: Bronze Straw / White, Lacy Head
- Aroma: Honey, Elderflower, Tea, Pear, Orange Peel, Hibiscus
- Flavor: Lemon, Cranberry, Honey, Elder Flower, Grass, Numbing Tartness
- Mouthfeel: Light, Syrupy, Moderate Carbonation
- ABV: 6%