Hindu Saison by Anodyn, 7% ABV, unknown IBU.
The previous saison I rated on this blog was the delicious ANodyn Rosenkrantz Sommer-Saison, a beer with a bit more bittering hops that I’m used to for this style. One of the very best homebrews I’ve ever rated is the Houblon Saison from Meilby Brewing, so my hopes are really high when I open the bottle of extra hoppy saison from the Anodyn crew.
In the glass it looks opaque, with a medium orange colour. The huge, white head is very long-lived, and it laces the glass very well.
The strong aroma is definitely more IPA than saison, it lacks the crispiness and freshness of the latter style. Instead this is very sweet, it’s almost like smelling a soft drink. I get notes of sugary, overripe tropical fruits like peach. The aroma is in fact so overripe that I sense some rotting leaves far in the back. Also yeast, bubble gum, candy and some faint ripe strawberries. It’s a pleasant aroma, but a bit unexpected.
There is quite much sweetness in the taste as well, and the finish is moderate bitter. The flavours aren’t that strong, but they are fairly decent. Fruits, yeast, a bit too much alcohol and traces of spices.
On the palate the beer feels dry to oily, but the finish is definitely dry. The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate.
Conclusion: a quite ok IPA with hints of saison, but a bit too sweet and overripe fruity.
Aroma: 7/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 6/10 Palate: 3/5 Overall: 11/20 Ratebeer score: 3.1/5.0