Some people can drink any style of beer during any time of year. They will sip an imperial stout on a hot summer day and pound a crisp pilsner on a cold winter night. I am not one of those people. While there are some beers I’ll drink all year round, I tend to move from style to style as the seasons change. This is probably why “seasonal creep”, where breweries release their new seasonal beers months before the actual season, bothers me so much. On a hot day in August I am looking for the light refreshing beers of summer, so it is disappointing when summer seasonal beers have been replaced by fall selections in bars and bottle shops. There were even a few breweries that released their summer beers in March this year, although that might have been a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the brutal winter we just endured. Fortunately some local brewers have listened to their customer base and promised to release their seasonal brews at appropriate times. Poking fun at this phenomenon, Slumbrew has announced that they have found the culprit responsible for the early releases and called him out with their new beer, Seasonale Creep. Slumbrew Seasonale Creep is a Belgian style saison brewed with Galaxy hops. It is currently available on draft and in 22 oz. bombers.
Slumbrew Seasonale Creep pours a clear copper with a solid white head. The scent is a pleasant combination of citrusy hops and fruity esters from the saison yeast. The yeast leads the flavor, with touches of clove, coriander and pear. This mingles effortlessly with the hints of lemon, grass and mango from the hops. The beer is medium bodied and the hops add a light bitterness. The malts round out the flavor with noticeable notes of whole wheat bread and just a hint of toffee. The beer drinks easy and isn’t overly strong at 6% ABV. The finish is dry with just a little fruitiness in the aftertaste. I love the combination of expressive Belgian saison yeast and new world hops, and Seasonale Creep is a very solid version of this style. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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