Solemn Oath (Naperville, IL) Whisper Kisses
Saison, 8.3% ABV. Product description: “Light bodied farmhouse ale with a bready malt sweetness and floral, fruity hop character. French saison yeast lends a tart, earthy balance with a dry finish.” Bready, sweet aroma with a hazy wheat/straw color. Bready, hops really stand out in the finish. Sweet aftertaste, but very hoppy as well--a strange effect. The high ABV is a bit of an issue for me. Saisons are traditionally a wide open style, but historically intended to quench the thirst of seasonal farm laborers. Somehow, the ABV on these beers has crept up in the ensuing time. It’s supposed to be a beverage, not a big beer--although some saisons do reach the 8% mark. However, I can understand, from the perspective of the brewers and many consumers, why they would want to make sure that a bomber has enough kick to it.