This was the summer of the saison. I was underwhelmed by two, impressed by two, and floored by one. I've already reviewed one whiff, Prairie Artisan Ales's Prairie Ale (this was Part I). The second saison that came up short was Fantôme's alliterative Brise BonBons! - the most fun to say beer name ever. Fantôme's beers, which are mostly some derivation of saison, are beers on the edge. They challenge you, fight you, and force you to convert your initial taste shock to admiration by the end of the bottle. I relished a battle with Brise Bon-Bons!, but peace reigned.
I'll write about the other three saisons in future posts.