Beer Boutique

Meet the Ales

Ales are beers made with a different strain of yeast to lagers. In fact, in contrast to lagers, these beers are often defined by the flavours and aromas created by the yeast strain used. They are fermented at a warmer temperature than lagers, which allows the creation of chemical compounds called esters, giving these beers a fruity quality. Historically hops were used as a preservative in ales but more recently they’ve been used to provide the predominant aroma and flavour in ales.

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Literally translated as “season”, they are lots of theories about where and when the style originated. The most common ‘story’ is that they were brewed by farmers during the summer to give to agricultural workers in the summer season of their labours. Whatever the origin, the thing that defines a saison is the yeast. It produces lots of spicy phenols and these beers have a peppery, spicy aroma and sometimes a bit of orange. Spices do not need to be added but often are. These beers are super dry and thirst quenching. Perfect for the summer months.

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