While at Ashley’s Westland, we are going to sample from Short’s Brewery Captain Fantasy Saison. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of Short’s Brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan Craft Brewery. Let us get into this saison ale.
It has a straw to bright cloudy golden color with a constant white head. It is a heavy cloudy color. The aroma is a light lemon to citrus notes. The taste has a light carbonation citrus notes that is really refreshing with funky spicy notes. I know the funky spicy notes come from the yeast strain. The aftertaste kicks off some pepper notes. This is a pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.shortsbrewing.com):
Captain Fantasy is a lighter bodied ale with a bright, clear, golden color. This saison is brewed with pear to compliment the aromas of spice and the fruity fragrance of Sorachi Ace hops. Captain Fantasy has flavors of sweet pear and tart lemon, and a lively amount of carbonation cleanses and refreshes the palate. The overall fruitiness of Captain Fantasy is interrupted by an assertive hop bitterness that dominates the finish.
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Closing out, this saison has some nice refreshing notes. This is way it should be for a saison and it lives up to the classic beer style. I really not a fan of the packaging. It is pretty disturbing and I believe that is why I will never have it in a bottle. However, I saw it on draft, it was a no brainer to try it. There is some nice notes here and I love the funkiest that the yeast pops off in the beer. Overall, I was pretty impressed but I had some pretty good saisons in my lifetime. This one does not live up to it. It is a nice gateway beer into this beer style. It is not a good version in some parts but this is one of the better brews from their almost hundred different beer styles brewed in a year. I recommend to try it just to say you had it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser