I fell in love with Boatrocker Brewery when I went to their first ‘Palate Cleanser’ event during Good Beer Week 2013, like a magnificent first date that sparked true love. At the time of the event the brewery, located in Braeside, Victoria, had only been operational for a few weeks. Owner and head brewer, Matt Houghton, hosted a small group at the brewery and took us through a tasting of his favourite sour beers from around the world.
Read more about 2013 Palate Cleanser here.
Since then as Boatrocker have released beer after beer that I have adored, in particular their infamous Ramjet.
So given my love of all things Boatrocker you can imagine my delight when I rediscovered two bottles of Boatrocker’s Saison du Bateau in the back of the home beer fridge.
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I love a good Saison, it’s the sort of beer I’d like to have in the fridge at all times. It might sound odd but I really like the fact that this Saison is in a 330ml bottle, it just makes it more approachable if it’s just a bottle for one person.
The beer looks divine in the glass. I got aromas of lime sorbet, sourdough and a hint of pear and vanilla. There’s a lot going on in this beer but not in any sort of overwhelming way. It’s beautiful. The whole sorbet and sourdough aroma carries through to the palate, it’s citrus pithy, spicy and herbal with a dry and light mouth feel. I wish I had tried it alongside Saison Du Pont, the Saison generally considered the benchmark of the style, just to see how they compare.
Boatrocker Saison du Bateu (French translation “of the boat”)
Boatrocker Saison du Bateau + Taleggio
Taleggio: An Italian caved ripened cow’s milk cheese
This was an unexpectedly nice pairing to the Saison du Bateau. The cheese, with its fruity, tangy and kinda salty flavours, seemed to coax out the spicy and herbal elements of the beer.
Boatrocker Saison du Bateau + Chevre
Chevre: A French goat’s milk cheese
I love chevre; it’s gorgeous, creamy, tangy and bright all at once. Normally I pair it with Eagle Bay Kolsch; the bright citrus in the Kolsch is mirrored in the zesty cheese so it’s always a winner in my mind.
At first bite of chevre followed by a generous sip of Saison du Bateau I thought, “oh mannnn.” The beer swept over the cheese, melding wonderfully with citrusy flavours. The cheese seemed to release all the citrus and pithiness of the beer, smoothing over almost all the bitterness and the herbal elements of the beer sung out too.