Each year New Braunfels blends their barrels of Blondine together to create the cuvee called Heavenescent.
That unique and complex blended sour beer is then used to referment with more raspberries than blackberries to create Saison de Roncier.
As with all Saison de beers, New Braunfels fermented the fruit in two batches, or presses.
The first press gives up primarily big fruit juice flavors and a jammy mouthfeel. After a week they pulled that press.
The second press was given another week to contact the fruit and gives up primarily fruit aroma with a funky, tannic flavor and a darker color. Interestingly the color is darker on the second press because the blackberries take longer to break down the skins during maceration.
This press was blended with the first and given a week to combine and blend before packaging. New Braunfels highest-rated beer on beeradvocate.com, this is a release you will regret having missed.
For 2020 New Braunfels only produced 19 cases (14 of which are left) and 4 kegs.
While a much smaller release than previous years, New Braunfels says the fruit flavors are more dynamic and the aroma bolder and more intoxicating.
New Braunfels will be releasing this beautiful beer the weekend of January 16 and would love to share it with you.
Draft pours are 10 and 500ml bottles to go are 15.