Dunham Saison Rustique (750ml)
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Located in the small country town of Dunham, Quebec, about thirty minutes from the Vermont border, is Brasserie Dunham. Brewmaster Eloi Deit, formerly of Quebec’s famous Le Cheval Blanc, took over the struggling little brewpub as a temporary moonlighting gig. Before he knew it, he had cleaned house, ditched the recipes, and when the sun came up, he had created something truly special.
These days, Brasserie Dunham is known for a wide variety of beers, but especially their saisons and barrel aged beers. Surrounded by fruit farmers, honey producers, cideries, and wineries, Eloi’s geography is not unlike Hill Farmstead, and the effect it has on his mindset as a brewer is similarly nuanced. Beautiful, fluffy, balanced beers that are bright and full of flavor.
Note* The bottle pictured here is of the “Rustique Drei”, as shown with the sticker on the neck of the bottle. This product is the regular Saison Rustique. It was the best quality picture we could find of the label.
Refermented in the bottle, Rustique’s powerful effervescence livens up the orange-pith-like bitterness. Musty esters and a slightly phenolic aroma pop off the ice-berg-like head, with a spicy waft of funk. Perfect for a summer refresher, but bracing enough for a mid-winter break, this beer is dry as a bone and finishes with a brett-like quality, leaving almost no trace of itself on your palate other than some vague citrus and soft, soapy texture.
Gold Medal winner for its style in the 2018 Canadian Brewing Awards.
The brewmasters ode to the classic Saison Dupont Vieille Provision. Rustique is a classic pale Saison made from pilsner malt, typical euro hop profile, mostly from German traditional hops, and English and Slovenian hops from the Golding family. Light dry-hopping to add complexity and of course, refermentation in the bottle to achieve the great carbonation a true Saison is asking for.