Saison (or season, in French) beer is a traditional style brewed in French speaking regions of Belgium. Farmers would brew their own beer to refresh farm hands during harvest seasons. Traditionally, these were light beers around 3%-4% alcohol. Newer styles of this beer are typically a lot stronger and Saint Augustine’s Ale is no exception at around 8% alcohol. A cloudy light amber color, our Saison has a lively carbonation that finishes smooth with light citrus flavors from the Belgian yeast.
We decided to name our Saison after St. Augustine for several reasons. First, and most importantly, St. Augustine is actually the patron saint of brewing! A man after my own heart, good ol’ St. Augie (as I like to call him) was quite the party boy back in his pagan days. He was notorious for chillin’ with his boys in Milan, drinking, and chasing skirts. Then, after his conversion, St. Augustine went on to write many works that influence many of the central ideas of modern Christianity (but that isn’t what is important here). Because of his wild younger years St. Augustine is now known as the patron saint of brewing.
While that is one of the main reasons we named our Saison after St. Augustine, there are several personal reasons as well: St. Augustine’s feast day is on August 28th, which also happens to be my lovely wife’s birthday AND St. Augustine is my christian name!
I’ll just end this little brewing and history lesson with our favorite quote from St. Augustine:
“Love is itself the fulfillment of all our work. There is the goal; that is why we run: we run towards it, and once we reach it, in it we will find rest.”