Wednesday, 03 June 2015

Saison de Dottignies

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Saison de Dottignies Photo credit: Brewery De Rijck

Wim discovers a hidden gem in the beer we call Saison de Dottignies.

A Saison is a rather special beer. Farmhouse Ales are, according to our dear friend Wikipedia a broadly defined pale ale that in modern versions is generally around 7% abv, highly carbonated, fruity, spicy (sometimes from the addition of spices), and is influenced bySaison Dupont Vieille Provision.As a beer style it originated from beers brewed during the cooler and less active months in farmhouses in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, and then stored for drinking by the farm workers during the summer months.

It goes on and on, just proving the point that there is no clear definition of a Saison. Most of them are amber-coloured, refreshing and tasty. That’s good enough for me.

It has come to my attention that there is a real Orval shortage in and around the city of Aalst. It goes way beyond the normal popularity that might befall a beer and it goes to such extremes that beer- and supermarkets put limitations on how much Orval you are allowed to buy in one go. I repeat: Limited buy of beer. Wow! Such horror! Much concern!

I even heard stories of guys tipping off clients to get to the shop NOW, because the Orval truck has been seen. It thrives on the simple inverse model of supply and demand and snobbery.

Because it is hard to get, people want it. And people want it so badly, so they can tell people who haven’t got it, that they’ve got it. Orval is worth it’s weight in gold in Aalst.

Now what has that to do with Saison de Dottignies!?

Patience, young padawan, I’m getting there.

Saison de Dottignies is as complex, slightly more yeasty, as Orval. It could serve as a stunt double in an action movie. Hell, it could play the long lost twin brother in Days of our Lives! It has the same hoppiness and bitter complexities. You could serve it to most people in an Orval glass, and they wouldn’t be able to tell the two apart.

But it doesn’t sell. And why?

Because you can’t show off with it.

I say screw the hype. Discover this hidden gem, before the hipsters get their claws on it and turn this gem into a piece of shit on Instagram.

Additional Info

  • Brewery: De Rijck
  • Type of beer: Saison/Pale Ale
  • Alcohol: 5,5°

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