Number six in the Critics’ Choice Top 100 is the Bridge Road Brewers Chevalier Saison. Ben Kraus has built a reputation for brewing high quality beers with the Chevalier Saison a real standout.
Matt Kirkegaard comments if there was a beer that really deserves a wider audience in Australia, this is it. Critically acclaimed but hard to find, restaurants and foodies should jump on it. It is a superb and versatile food beer. Pair it with a variety of soft farmhouse cheeses, it surprises with a strong blue. Steam mussels in it, match it to a charcuterie board or pair it with smoked trout.
The brewer’s notes highlight the beer’s unique qualities; light straw in colour, with a tight bright white head, aromas which are dominated by esters and phenolic characters, owing to the Saison yeast strain, which also gives the beer its characteristic tart, dry and acidic profile.
The Critics’ Choice: Australia’s Best Beers RRP $14.95 +pp
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