One of the very first beers we brewed here at Pure Project, Madeline is inspired by the old school Farmhouse Saisons of Wallonia, the French speaking part of Belgium. French for “season”, Saisons were brewed in the cooler season and allowed to mature through the winter and enjoyed in the summer by the seasonal harvest laborers. These mixed fermentation beers were brewed with whatever grains, bacteria and wild yeasts were available on the farm, so there would have been lots of variety in this style of beer from farm to farm.
Madeline is a blend of mixed fermentation Saisons aged in French oak barrels. Starting with one base beer, we separate it to barrel age with 3 different mixed cultures, and then blend these 3 beers back into the final product in bottles. One of the cultures we use is a native California wild yeast, domesticated from unpasteurized apple juice from Placerville, CA.
The cultures we use in Madeline have changed a bit over time, and they ultimately produce a light and effervescent brew with the color of golden straw. Aromas and flavors of hay, pineapple and farmhouse funk emerge alongside a slight tartness in this easy drinking beer – the kind of beer you’d want to drink after a long day’s work.
Seasonal ReleaseLimited Release
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Release Date: November 23, 2019
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Available: May, June
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Available: July, August