956. New York: d.b.a.

After dinner we walked to d.b.a. in Willamsburg. We split a large bottle of Bière Darbyste as our only round at the bar.

956. Bière Darbyste

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brasserie de Blaugies
Alcohol: 5.80%
Serving: Bottle, 750 mL
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 4.5 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 4.5 | Drinkability:4.0

Overall: 4.15

This is a nice Belgian Saison brewed with figs or fig juice. I didn't get a distinct fig impression, but rather a vague impression of sweet fruit. Any fig characteristics were likely fermented away leaving only a residual hint of fruitiness.

Pours a very cloudy golden. Topped by a white head that thins to a film. The aroma is peasant. Fruity esters are predominant: notes of banana and citrus. There's also a nice bit of sharp acidity evident. Like I said, no overt fig aromas, but plenty of fruit characters to go around.

Upfront there's a light sweetness on top of a husky, grainy character. The beer sweetens up in the center with bananas, citrus and other fruitiness. There's also a good bit of leafy bitterness in the finish. Light-bodied, highly carbonated, with a nice dry finish.

Tasty with a nice dryness that keeps you drinking.

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