Far Yeast Japanese Grape Saison is a 5% fruited saison from Far Yeast Brewing Company, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their collaborative range with this one brewing brewed with Australia’s Edge Brewing Project from Melbourne. As the name suggests, Far Yeast Japanese Grape Saison is brewed using locally sourced Koshu grapes and Muscat Bailey A grapes from Yamanashi, and is then hopped with Melkur, Nelson Sauvin, and Enigma hops. At the time of writing, it is unknown whether Far Yeast Japanese Grape Saison is a one-off or not.
Far Yeast Japanese Grape Saison Aroma and Taste
Far Yeast Japanese Grape Saison poured out a slightly hazy golden honey colour with a fluffy white head on top that lingered for some time before collapsing to a thin ring of bubbles around the side of the glass. There was a subtle chardonnay-like aroma to it – fruity with some bitter notes coming off, combined with a few tropical pineapple and mango notes as well. Nothing too potent mind, even when Far Yeast Japanese Grape Saison had been give the chance to warm up.
The body had an initial dryness to it that was more reminiscent of a Brut IPA – the yeast clearly had been working hard in this beer. The dry white wine quality to it didn’t go amiss either, with your typical chardonnay-like flavours coming through. There was a hint of strong carbonation to Far Yeast Japanese Grape Saison as well – it was clearly gassy though whether that was because of secondary fermentation in the bottle or form bottling itself was unknown. The hops brought a slight lemon-like bitterness to the beer, along with some pineapple flavours just peeking through the white wine qualities. It finished off with a lingering chardonnay flavour before dissipating to a dry, clean bite.
Far Yeast Japanese Grape Saison The Bottom Line
Far Yeast Japanese Grape Saison is an interesting take on a saison – white wine-like with some bite to it.
Where to Buy Far Yeast Japanese Grape Saison
Far Yeast Japanese Grape Saison can be bought online at the following places: