Mixed Fermentation Saison Aged in French Oak Refermented with LaCrescent White Wine Grapes
Gloe was a 9-month mixed fermentation saison we racked from a 500ml French Oak puncheon onto several hundred pounds of freshly harvested LaCrescent White Wine grapes. This varietal was grown and harvested by the UW Madison Agricultural Research Center in their continuing study of cold weather, hearty wine grape hybrids. The base Saison was a perfect canvas for these grapes to referment on to impart a surprisingly accurate representation of what the fruit actually tasted like off the vine. We don’t typically expect such literal translation to happen with fruit refermentation, but the beer brings authentic white grape, and totally fake purple grape candy aromatics, with a vibrant kick of lemony acidity and wet vinous earth.