Homebrew: Ilkka’s Grainy Day

  • Brewery: Ilkka’s Homebrewery
  • Country: Finland
  • Style: Saison
  • ABV: 4.7 %
  • Size: 500 ml
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Today it’s time to try a homebrewed Saison that I got from my colleague Ilkka. I’ve tried some really interesting beers from Ilkka before, and this one sounds very interesting on paper as well. The malt bill consists of pilsner malt, flaked spelt and flaked buckwheat. The original gravity was 1.042, while the final gravity is 1.004, giving it an ABV of 4.7%. It has been single hopped with Sorachi Ace to 25 IBU. I’m a bit skeptical towards Sorachi Ace, as I haven’t tried that many beers hopped with it that I’ve liked, but hopefully its hop aromas stay in the background in this beer. The beer has been fermented with Wyeast’s French Saison 3711 yeast, and also oak with some oak chips for 15 days. There seems to be a lot going on in this, and it will be very interesting to taste it! The beer was brewed in the end of May, so is approximately 7 months old.

[easyreview title=”Ilkka’s Grainy Day” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer pours with a brilliant golden yellow color, and there is just a slight amount of haze. A fluffy white head is formed as well, but it collapses quite quickly leaving some spots of lacing along the glass. A nice appearance!” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The aroma is surprisingly sweet, featuring a candy-like sweetness combined with some spicy yeast notes. Luckily I can’t detect any of the dill tones you can sometimes get from Sorachi Ace hops. There is a slight presence of citrus as well. A nice and quite ‘easy going’ aroma.” cat2rating=”4″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”At first the beer gives off a sweet impression, with an initial hit of honey-like graininess. Quickly however, the flavor becomes drier, more spicy and fruity, with typical yeast products. The beer features some lemon and citrus flavors as well, which works well with the spiciness. The beer finishes dry and with a slight bitterness. I’m unsure what the spelt and buckwheat brought to the beer, but there is something in the aftertaste I can’t really chart, and could be from the speciality grains. I like that the flavor isn’t overly spicy and yeasty, which some saisons seem to be, and rather there is quite a lot of fruitiness present as well. I also can’t really detect any oakiness, but I guess its subtleness adds to the whole experience.” cat3rating=”4″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The body is light and the carbonation level is medium high. The beer is very refreshing, and would be very suitable for a hot summer day. The spicy notes leave a slight bite, but otherwise a very nice drinkability.” cat4rating=”3.5″ summary=”Overall this was very nice beer! Especially for one being only 4.7%. I wouldn’t mind buying it from the supermarkets here in Finland. The spiciness, fruitiness and apparent sweetness work well together, while the dry finish and light body give it great drinkability. Thanks for the beer! Really looking forward to trying the other beers I got from Ilkka!”]

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