This is the final beer review for my Spring of Saisons, which is fitting since the first day of summer is right around the corner. I have a special idea for a recap piece that I will publish tomorrow. It has been a lot of fun to focus on a single beer style for a few months. This is especially true with the saison style! There is so much room for interpretation in saisons and it is amazing the diverse array of colors, smells and flavors in the beers I’ve tasted. My final review is of Convergence, the “Super Saison” brewed by Backlash Brewing Company. Convergence is brewed with a large portion of rye along with house made Belgian Candi sugar. It is available year round on draft and in 22 oz. bottles.
Backlash Convergence pours a golden yellow, slightly cloudy with a massive white head. The smell is pretty mild but complex, with esters and spice from the yeast and some citrusy hops. The yeast comes through strongly in the flavor, apple, clove, bubblegum and a touch of must. There are also some distinct notes from the hops which contribute pine and a little orange. The malts balance the flavor, with some bread and cracker taste along with the distinct spicy flavor of the rye. The beer is light bodied and easy to drink but still very full flavored. The solid 7.0% ABV leaves just a hint of warming alcohol in the aftertaste. The finish is very dry, with a touch of fruit and hop bitterness lingering on the tongue. Overall this is a very solid version of a saison, full flavored but drinkable. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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