Thought to originate from a small, sophisticated, Belgian brewer’s spelt saison, Belgian Saison II is earthy, spicy, peppery, tart and dry, with tropical fruit and citrus at warm fermentation temperatures. It is a perfect strain for farmhouse ales and saisons. It favors pitching in the upper 60s or low 70s and being allowed free-rise from there.
This strain tests positive for the STA1 gene, an indicator of Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. diastaticus. This strain may have the ability to metabolize dextrins over time, resulting in higher than expected attenuation.