Shonan Saison is a 5% saison from Kumazawa Shuzo, based in Kagawa, in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of their draft lineup and was first released in 2015.
Shonan Saison Aroma and Taste
Shonan Saison came up a straw yellow colour with a small amount of sticky white head on top – that I forgot to take the picture of! It had a dry Belgian yeast aroma with a faint sweet biscuit and a lemon nose coming off of it too.
The body to Shonan Saison started off dry, then a lemon flavour came through too. The malts brought a sweet biscuit base but it was not like an American saison – it’s almost as if someone had been drinking lots of Belgian saisons. Shonan Saison was fairly simple hop wise, with just a smidgen of lemon flavour coming through.
Shonan Saison The Bottom Line
Shonan Saison is a simple, well-made saison that’s worth trying.