Seventeen is a Saison Ale brewed with pink peppercorns, orange zest, lemon zest, and grapefruit zest. Brewed to the classic "Weyerbacher anniversary requirement" of a strength of 10% abv or more, Seventeen weighs in at a style-obliterating 10.5% abv. Seventeen releases subtle notes of fruit, berry and pepper upon pouring. You'll notice a balanced sweetness with a touch of citrus and spice with a dry and peppery finish.
Seventeen is a once-and-done release only and will not be here for long! This style of beer should age very, very well. Be sure to get some before it's gone!
Brewer: Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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- United States - Easton, Pennsylvania
- Launched in August of 1995, the original concept was to make some mainstream microbrews, like a Pale Ale and ESB. Boy did we take a wrong turn! In 1997 we brewed our first big beer, Raspberry Imperial Stout, which happened to be one of Dan's favorite homebrew recipes. As hard as it was to get people to care about another "Pale Ale" in a sea of pale ales, people seemed to stand up and take notice of Raspberry Imperial Stout. The following year we brewed Blithering Idiot Barleywine and began brewing Belgian beers as well, like our Merry Monks' Ale (originally called “Belgian Style Tripel"). This was the time when our path was set. “Let's make full-flavored high-quality brews for a discerning customer." We haven't looked back.
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- Saisons are sometimes called Farmhouse Ales as they originated on the farms of French speaking Wallonia in Belgium ("saison" being the French word for season). Saisons were brewed on the farms to refresh the workers there. Historically, they were very low in alcohol (around 3.5% abv) in order that the workers be able to finish the day's labor.
Saisons sprang up around Wallonia in many forms, so the original Saison "style" was extremely varied in flavor and ingredients. Farmers brewed Saisons with the ingredients that were readily available to them at the time. More recently, Saisons have become very strongly associated with the Saison brewed at the Brasserie Dupont in Tourpes, Belgium who's "Saison Dupunt" is often considered to be the modern defining beer of the style.
Saisons are brewed with barley malt, though wheat is sometimes used in addition. Spices, seasonings and adjuncts like honey and sugar can also be used in Saisons, though no one ingredient is common to all Saisons. Saisons can also be some of the "hoppiest" of the Belgian beers and are usually markedly bitter.
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