Driving home from a great but exhausting weekend at the state speech tournament at Chanhassen High School, I realized cruising down 494 that I now had more time on my hands to hunt down some good beer. So, I immediately headed over to Harriet Brewing to fill my long neglected growlers and discovered a festival. Harriet was still selling growlers, but the parking lot was filled with tents, music, and, I assume, beer. Since finding a parking spot wore me out, I just got three growlers to start my off-season.
I couldn't figure out the name just hearing it, so need to look up Saison Nourrice on Harriet's website. No explanation of nourrice, but a google search says its French for a child caretaker or wet nurse. I don't really get the name, but the sample on site was good enough to grab a growler. Pale straw gold ale that bubbles continuously to support a fluffy, stark white head. Strong nose full of heavy pepper, spice, yeast and underlying citrus fruit. Taste follows the nose with a clean peppery spice that bites lightly on top of a light malty sweetness. Spiciness lingers after a dry finish.
A very solid beer that I'm quickly becoming a fan of half way through the growler. If you like pepper in your farmhouse ale, this is a must try for you. Hops come in at 40 IBUs, and while not large, some of the spiciness is clearly supported by the hop character. At 6.7%, Saison Nourrice is light and easy drinking in spite of being a pretty big beer. Watch out for this one if drinking at your local.