“Untried, Experimental, Limited” is the motto of Stone & Wood‘s Pilot Batch series. At first taste, that motto about summed up this particular brew for me. Saison en Chene, made in collaboration with Jilly Wines from nearby Clunes was not immediately a great match for my palette.
The overwhelming aroma is of yeasty sourdough and at first I thought this was a wheat beer (of which I’m not a great fan). Had I read the label properly, I would have realised it was a ‘Saison’, traditionally a strong, fruity, pale ale with plenty of spice and fizz. The fruit that comes through most strongly with this one is bananas, reminding me somewhat of Hoegaarden ……. strangely a wheat beer I’m quite partial too. However, this beer grew on me as I worked my way down the glass and, like most beers, by the time I’d finished it, I was ready for another! Warning: at 6.7% this one could creep up on you.
From the Saison we get season. Here’s a very thirsty Paul Weller with the wonderful ‘5th Season’…….
Brewed by Byron Bay’s renowned Stone & Wood brewery, ‘Cloud Catcher’ is a limited release brew packed with fruity flavours. Named after the iconic Mt Warning that over looks the bay in Byron (the indigenous name for the mountain, ‘Wollumbin’, means ‘Cloud Catcher’ in the local Bunjalung dialect), it sports the distinctive peak on its label.
Cloudy by name, cloudy by nature, it has the fruity aroma I also associate with Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale. Cloud Catcher moves smoothly over the tongue, releasing bursts of apricot jam with hints of strawberry Lovehearts and lemon sherbert. It’s the perfect foil for the chilli-fuelled veggie nachos that I’ve just consumed and just might be my new favourite beer!
A special thanks to subscriber, Pete R for delivering the sample ales.
Here’s The Orb with “Little Fluffy Clouds” …… feel the love……