Nicene

Belgian Farmhouse Style Saison


The Beer:

Batch #1: 650, 750ml bottles of Nicene 2014 were released on September 13, 2014. Nicene was brewed with traditional Saison ingredients to provide a rustic, bready malt backbone and paired with the tropical fruit forward wine and French oak notes achieved from the Gewurztraminer wine barrels. Over time, Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus will continue to develop the gentle sourness and earthy flavors. This Sour Saison was manually packaged with tremendous care and bottle conditioned with high carbonation  for optimal enjoyment in a tulip glass. 

Batch #2: 1,800 750 ml bottles of Nicene 2015 were released in September '15. This year we fermented and aged this beer for 6 months in 4 Pinot Grigio wine barrels and 2 Chardonnay wine barrels  and blended the 6 barrels together, resulting in a similar product to the 2014 version but a little mustier and nuanced immediately at release time . 

The Process:

Nicene Saison, Batch #1 was brewed on April 28, 2014, barrel fermented with Saison Saccharomyces yeast, finished with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, and barrel aged for 4 months. The final product was blended with Farmer's Gold Saison to achieve the desired level of barrel and sour character. Batch #1 was bottled on August 17, 2014 in 750ml Belgian bottles, sealed with a cork and a cap, and bottle conditioned in traditional style. This beer is ready to be enjoyed immediately; however, the cork and cap will allow the beer to achieve very high carbonation levels and prevent oxygen pickup in the beer allowing for many years of aging.

Nicene Saison, Batch #2 was brewed in early 2015  with traditional Saison ingredients and aged 6 months to provide a rustic, bready malt backbone and paired with the tropical fruit forward wine and French oak notes achieved from the white wine barrels. Over time, Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus will continue to develop the gentle sourness and earthy flavors.

The Name:

The Nicene beer represents the first in a series giving reference to great councils that have occurred throughout history, teasing out the ideas that are represented in our name, Council Brewing. The Council of Nicaea was formed in AD 325 and brought together many key leaders of the church to address key theological issues. The result of this was the Nicene Creed, a simple confession of faith. Our Nicene ale reflects this as it represents the patient efforts of bringing many ingredients together to create this  thoughtful, delicious beverage.