food.pairing: Avec Les Bons Voeux
Beer: Avec Les Bons Voeux (9.5%)
Brewery: Brasserie Dupont
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Serving: Tulip Glass @ 45°- 50°
General Beer Description: Whether you are drinking a traditional strength (5% ABV or lower) or a more contemporary version (6% ABV or higher) Saisons should finish dry with very little sweetness. Saison aromas can be quite complex with a fruit and spice mixture reminiscent of barnyards. Typically their flavors will be malt balanced (leaning towards malt instead of hops) but peppery spice flavors from the yeast and the elevated carbonation levels create a beer with medium bitterness and a dry finish.
These beers pair well with all kinds of cheeses because the dry finish and elevated carbonation help to scrub the palate clean after each drink. Saisons will also pair well with salads that are tossed with spicy greens like arugula or light meats such as fish or poultry. Spice these meats sparingly as the spices in the beer can add another layer of complexity to any dish.
General Food Pairing Suggestions: Cuisine: Salads. Cheese: Earthy or Nutty. Meat: poultry and fish.
Specific Food Pairing Suggestion: Sautéed sweet potatoes with orange-mint germolata. Click HERE for the FineCooking.com recipe I used to pair with this beer. Avec Les Bons Voeux, and saisons in general, are excellent pairings with this dish. The toasted pecans, garlic and herbs resonate with the barnyard-like aromas and yeasty spice flavors found in saisons while the pepper accentuates the dryness which increases the refreshing qualities of the beer. But the goodness doesn’t stop there, oh no! The orange zest adds another layer of complexity that pairs well with smooth wheat flavors (think Blue Moon with the lemon wedge) and takes the edge off the spicy yeast flavors. But the beer has the last stand as the alcohol and the elevated carbonation scrub your palate and get you ready to start this adventure all over again.