Octone Yuzon Saison is a 5.5% fruit beer from Octone Brewing, based in Minakami, in Gunma, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Octone Yuzon Saison, as the name suggests, uses a saison base which is then infused using locally sourced yuzu, or Japanese citron, from the base of Mt. Akagi.
Octone Yuzon Saison Aroma and Taste
Octone Yuzon Saison poured out not dissimilar to the Octone Kawaba Saiaon – a dark golden amber color with a thin amount of white head on top that faded to leave a few bubbles around the side of the glass. However, the aroma with Octone Yuzon Saison was more focussed on the yuzu – no surprise there – and the phenols were muted in comparison. The yuzu aroma was quite pleasant – natural and not pithy at all – with it lingering on the nose, though not being overpowering or unwelcome. Once Octone Yuzon Saison had warmed up, the phenols did come through a bit stronger, but again, the yuzu was the star of the show.
With yuzu being used, the body was more tart than the Octone Kawaba Saison as well. The yuzu came screaming through in the body, so if you don’t like the tartness and vibrancy that yuzu has to offer, then maybe Octone Yuzon Saison is not a good choice for you. The body was also dry and crisp, in spite of using the same base as the Octone Kawaba Saison. The yuzu left an interesting sticky texture on the palate, while the yeast brought about a slight phenolic flavour to it that lingered into the aftertaste. There was a hint of sweetness to the Octone Yuzon Saison but not cloying in any way.
Octone Yuzon Saison The Bottom Line
Yuzu is always a welcome addition to a beer, and with Octone Yuzon Saison, that’s what it is.
Where to Buy Octone Yuzon Saison
Octone Yuzon Saison can be bought online at the following places: