May 8, 2018

Schlafly Passionfruit Saison

The third beer in Schlafly’s new, seasonal Frugi-Four Pack is their Passionfruit Saison (6% ABV, 15 IBU). Unlike the Pineapple IPA reviewed yesterday, this Saison-style brew is packed with a fruit-forward flavor profile that nearly keeps the other elements from making an appearance. That’s not necessarily a bad thing here as the tart fruitiness of the passionfruit gives the saison a playful and refreshing quality not see in other examples of the style.

The hazy Passoinfruit Saison delivers an aroma and flavor dominated by the passionfruit while soft hints of yeast, a gentle barn-y funkiness and touch fo grain hang out in the periphery through the experience. While the fruit is the primary ingredient, it relents just enough to let those other flavors come through enough to let you know that there’s still a saison behind that frisky and fruity tartness. The saison finishes long with a lasting and refreshing nature.

Despite the lack of traditional Saison flavors with this Schlafly brew, I still enjoyed Passionfruit Saison. That tart fruitiness was a welcome surprise that refreshed the senses on a warm Spring afternoon. I’d personally like a bit more of that yeast and funkiness to show through a bit more, but as it stands this beer was quite enjoyable. In fact, I don’t think it even had a chance to fully come to temperature once poured in the glass — it disappeared rather quickly.

This is a review of a promotional sample.