Wow this is a lively one! This ale is very impatient to get out of the bottle and no matter how slowly I pour, I still get a huge head. I had to pause mid-pour so, as there's a little bit of sediment in the bottle, I ended up with a slighly hazy toffee coloured ale with a robust, abundant cream coloured head. The head maintains a good layer and lasts right to the last drop, even drinking as slowly as I do.
The aroma is very appealing; sweet caramel, tangy hops and fruity spiced orange. It also has the sour whiff of a trappist ale so I was really intrigued to have my first sip. What an unusual flavour! It's deliciously malty with a hint of spiced orange and sour hops followed by a bitter, slightly metallic finish. It does have the taste of a trappist ale which makes it something quite different in a saison.
I don't drink many saisons as I find them too fizzy and harsh but Birra Brigante is lovely. It is fizzy but it's not too harsh and it has a medium body. It's one of the best saisons I've had and I'm most impressed. I love the maltiness and the added flavour of the orange peel that really comes through without being pithy.
Well done, Darwin Brewery! This is one saison Ale Be Seeing again. Birra Brigante is an exceptional saison that not only tastes great but has an amazing story behind its name involving General Garibaldi, who famously visited Tyneside in 1854. Click here to visit Darwin Brewery's website to read the full story behind the beer.
Brewed by Darwin Brewery, Sunderland