Alesong Brewing & Blending - Touch of Brett Mosaic
Serving Temperature:44–52° F
Suggested Glassware:Tulip, Small Nonic or Chardonnay Glass
Where Kind of Blue leads with impactful acidity, plush berries and the more savory aspects of Brettanomyces, Touch of Brett Mosaic lands with a bright combo of citrusy Brett and a surplus of grassy, herbal hop character. It’s an incredibly refreshing mix of hops and Brett that reminded us a whole lot of Gabe Fletcher’s brilliant work up at Anchorage Brewing. Of the four Alesong beers in this special offer, this one disappeared fastest from our glasses.
This one includes a blend of Brettanomyces strains and saw aging in Oregon and California Pinot Noir barrels. After that: a generous dry-hopping of Mosaic. 180 cases were produced.
The aromatics on this are gorgeous: white pepper, fresh lime, juicy pineapple... There’s a ton of tropical fruit elements coming through from seemingly both the Brett and the Mosaic, as herbal and grassy notes play a secondary role to the fruit. The underlying saison qualities are helpful focusing the elements here, bringing that white pepper with spicy notes, plus a touch of contributing oakiness (almond, vanilla, with very light tannins in the flavor). Yes, please.
Where Kind of Blue went lighter on the carbonation, this one is better suited to more of an effervescent profile, and zesty bubbles do well to both bring out an exceptional aroma while providing a lively, perfectly tuned mouthfeel for what’s going on here. That citrusy lime and grassy core counterpoints its modest lemony acidity, with lots of tropical elements making a contribution: the abovementioned pineapple plays a key role, with passion fruit and kiwi. As this warms, a bit more of those underlying oak barrels appear, adding smooth toastiness. We absolutely loved this saison—and kinda wished we’d been a bit slower to make it disappear.
The bottle conditioning and acidity give this some sturdiness, but we’d definitely encourage our Rare Beer Club members to enjoy this dry-hopped beer fresh, to savor more of those grassy and tropical elements. For pairings: citrusy salads, grilled vegetables, grilled seafoods.
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