Perfect Pairings: Saison + Dark Chocolate
April 7th is National Beer Day!
In anticipation of this holiday and after extensive research (i.e. hours of chocolate and beer tasting), our friends at Allagash Brewing Company have determined that there are not one, not two, but THREE Lindt EXCELLENCE dark chocolate bars that pair perfectly with their Saison Belgian Ale. Try them for yourself and let us know what you think!
Notes of lemon, lime zest, tropical fruits, and a peppery spice are present in the aroma and flavor of this dry Saison. The spicy kick of this dark chocolate with red chili creates the perfect contrast to this classic Belgian farmhouse style.
The touch of sea salt in this dark chocolate worked to accentuate the tropical fruit aromas and herbal notes that can be found in a traditional Saison style beer.
The fruity esters produced during Saison’s fermentation process blend with the tart, tangy taste of the lemon in this dark chocolate. The grassiness of Saison’s hop profile was intensified by the acidity of the lemon and sweetness of the chocolate. Yum. (Note from the Brewers at Allagash: “This was probably our favorite.”)