Sorachi Ace

Brooklyn Brewery

7.6% abv

Me and the Sorachi Ace hop have a chequered history, I hated it when I first tried it in BrewDog’s first set of IPA is Dead beers and since then have never got on with it. It’s that odd bubblegum, synthetic strawberry and mint ice cream flavour I get from […click the heading to read more]

HopZine and The Real Ale Guide join forces to review…

Last week me and Simon from The Real Ale Guide filmed a Skype collaboration video beer review of Brewery Ommegang’s Hennepin Farmhouse Saison.

I’m sure you have become used to my HD quality videos but in this one you are treated to the terrible quality of my and Simon’s webcams. It may look bloody […click the heading to read more]

Saison De Lente

The Bruery


6.5% ABV

Reviewed by RD

There is no denying it that the progressive element of the British craft-brewing scene is directly influenced by the US craft beers. The latest trend to start taking a hold of the UK scene is Saison. Once again those US brewers take a traditional style and […click the heading to read more]

Pepe Nero

Goose Island

Black Saison? What next Black IPA? ….hang on

6.0% ABV

Reviewed by RD

I’ve been impressed in the past by Goose Island’s range of Belgian Style ales. Fleur was an unexpected treat of lambic-like fizz with subtle wildflower notes, Matilda was always the next best thing to Orval (this […click the heading to read more]

Red Barn Ale

Lost Abbey

The season for a Saison!

6.7% ABV

Reviewed by RD

Appearance: A pale gold with a pink blush crowned with 2 fingers of soapy white head. A steady stream of carbonation appeared to ascend to the surface in what seemed to be a strict formation of bubbles.

Aroma: First off I […click the heading to read more]

Asparagus and Saison

Food Matching Volume 1

British Asparagus… is there anything better? Photo – Richard Ramsden

This recipe is courtesy of Richard Ramsden of, a fellow Saltaire based blogger with an enthusiasm for fine food and drink.

In his own words “I’ve had no cookery training at all, and I’ve never worked in a professional […click the heading to read more]