My first encounter with Yazoo Brewing was this Barrel-Aged Brett Saison I recently received as a gift. While this beer was a mystery to me, as I had never even heard of Yazoo, I found many more unknowns with this Brettanomyces brew.
Sours/Bretts/Saisons are inherently mysterious due to their wild nature. This beer introduces another layer of complexity with the addition of Nashville sour cultures and a long nap in a Sauvignon Blanc barrel. This makes setting flavor expectations fairly difficult.
The ABV is also mystery. It’s nowhere to be found on a label that looks like a potential collaboration between the Illuminati and a well-known tattoo artist turned apparel designer. So yeah… mysteries everywhere.
This saison pours a bright, golden straw with a thin, nearly nonexistent head. The aroma is herbaceous and funky with notes of lavender, sour apple, pear, and other tart fruits. Vanilla and oak are present from the barrel-aging. A bright pop of lemon zest awakens these elements with a twist of acid.
The flavor profile has an intimidating level of complexity, but it’s well worth the effort deciphering. The frontend is loaded with an intense blast of sourness and tartness. The palate is then washed in acid with grapefruit pith and lemon zest. Unripe melon, green apple, and pear smooth out the abrasiveness with a peppery finish of pomegranate and tropical fruit. The mouthfeel could be mistaken for wine if not for the moderate level of carbonation.
This Barrel-Aged Brett Saison is an adventure in a bottle. Shrouded in mystery, it joins the ranks of beers that want to be wines and delivers an enchanting level of complexity. If Yazoo Brewing is a stranger to you like it was to me, you should try to fix that.
- Appearance: Golden Straw / Thin Head
- Aroma: Lavender, Sour Apple, Vanilla, Oak, Lemon Zest
- Flavor: Sour/Tart Candy, Grapefruit Pith, Lemon Zest, Unripe Melon, Green Apple, Pear, Pomegranate, Peppery Spice Finish
- Mouthfeel: Light, Moderate Carbonation
- ABV: ??
- Score: 91