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Light, refreshing and peppery, saison beers are a historic Belgian style that’s a great summer tipple. They’re similar to lagers, with a low ABV and plenty of carbonation, but feature a dry, spicy character that makes saison ales not just great for beer newcomers, but seasoned sommeliers too. Browse the range below, picking from top breweries including Dupont, Omnipollo, and De Glazen Toren and contact our team if you need any help.
The exact history of saison beers is a little contested. Some say they were originally brewed by farmers at Christmas, left to mature during the colder months and served to agricultural workers in the fields come summer. These workers were called "Saisonniers", from which the saison beer style gets its name.
On the other hand, some say saison beer is a much newer style, used by brewers in the Belgian city of Liège to preserve the seasonal spelt beer produced in the region.
Regardless of the origin story, we can all agree that saison beers and ales are extremely special brews that, thankfully, can today be bought all year round. They’re light, fresh and cool, but what really defines them is the spicy character that comes from the interesting yeasts used.
Saison beers can be peppery, slightly apple-like, or even have spices such as cinnamon on the nose, depending on the malt used. And as you can imagine, nowadays this classic Belgian beer style is often reinvented with the addition of US hops or fruit.
Find a style of saison to suit you in our extensive range, using the search filters to narrow your selection. For help, contact our team. Otherwise, place your order – sales over £50 enjoy free delivery – and read our expert beer features while you wait.