A Note on This Beer
When Fair Isle’s Wild Ale gurus Geoffery Barker and Andrew Pogue first visited us back in 2018, they didn’t have a brewery. All we knew about them was they had worked with the Farmhouse legends at Jester King, and they planned to open Seattle’s first 100% Wild Ale brewery!
And then, we tasted their beers — I still remember predicting Fair Isle would become a local favorite in no time!
They have! Even dealing with the challenge of opening their doors just before COVID hit, the support from a massive crowd of quickly-acquired fans has kept their beers selling out.
We’ve waited far longer than we could stand to share Fair Isle with you. But, boy do we have a stellar introduction: the earthy & herbaceous Alicel Saision.
Like all Fair Isle beers, the brewery crafts Alicel with ingredients farmed and foraged in the Pacific Northwest. The brewers use a house blend of wild and feral yeasts. This mixed culture is a significant asset — it’s a lot like a sourdough bread starter, and it takes time and attention to tailor. You can’t just go out and buy a culture like theirs off the shelf like those used in other modern brews.
Alicel is special even among Fair Isle’s unique collection. They brew and dry-hop with Hallertau Mittelfrueh for floral notes of honeydew and pear. And use a hint of raw wheat and Francin Pilsner Malts that add nuances of sweetgrass and body to the mouthfeel.
The result is dry and delicately funky with a slight bitterness — an ideal companion for summertime day-drinking.
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Reminiscent of the self reliance series from hill farmstead. Def buy this again
Crisp and light but it was sour
Light, tart, lemon, dry hop
A tart saison but nothing exceptional
Good, but not overly exciting
LOVED, interesting and refreshing
It does have a bit of a sour note to it, but honestly only adds to the charm. Crisp and refreshing. I’m only regretting not getting a second bottle.
Not quite for me but a very refreshing and crisp saison with citrusy hops.
Easily could have drank two of these.
Wow. Great saison!
Too bitter to fully enjoy. Will be giving other bottle to a friend
Really enjoyed this. Light, refreshing. Lemony with a slightly hoppy, peppery finish. Everything I enjoy in a saison.
Excellent saison. Not the bready yeast character sometimes get with a saison but nice floral and bright flavours. Excellent beer.
Crisp, light, refreshing, complex, with tinge of herbaceousness. Tastes like something I should be sipping from a chalice in a sunny green herb garden.
Aroma of lemon peel, soft Brettanomyces, soft herb. Flavor is a slight bolder reflection of the aroma. Dry texture and effervescent. This is proper!
Nice light saison with just the right amount of funk
Thought it was a little sour for a saisons, but then I realized it's a Wild and influenced by Jester King. It was an unexpected sour but delicious!
A bit sour, but not much flavor to it. Light bodied, lemony and a bit of cucumber flavor. Was a bit underwhelmed
Floral and pear aromas with dry, grassy, and pleasantly funky flavor. Aftertaste is tannic and melony. Really wonderful!