Recipe: NoVA Saison

NoVa Belle Saison

NoVa Belle Saison

I received a free packet of Danstar’s Belle Saison yeast at the 2014 American Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan last year. It has been sitting in the refrigerator because I’ve never been a huge fan of saisons. That changed after I recently brewed a 3 gallon batch just to use the yeast packet (good news: I have one more packet in the fridge).

I tapped the saison two weeks ago, and have served it at several events with lots of compliments. Although the yeast fully fermented and I ended up with a high ABV in the end (8.2% in fact, well outside a normal saison range), this beer is very tasty and makes it easy to go back to the kegerator for another. To be honest, when I first legged it and drew my first taste, the saison spice hit me and I began to think I was in trouble with this one; it didn’t appear to turn out how I had hoped.

Brew in a Bag

Brew in a Bag

After a quarter of a glass I realized I had a winner. It has aged well beyond then. The initial taste is bold and in your face, but once your pallet is primed, it is very drinkable. As you can see in the recipe, it is brewed with some honey (local Virginia honey in my case) and a bit of pepper to add the spice kick.

I’ve been alternating between full mash tun all grain and brew-in-a-bag (BIAB), and did this one as a BIAB.

Even if you are not a big fan of saisons, I would recommend you give this recipe a shot!

Note: mash at 148 for 60 minutes.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
3 gal 60 min 36.3 IBUs 5.8 SRM 1.063 1.010 7.0 %
Actuals 1.066 1.003 8.3 %


Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Bel 5.185 lbs 71.68
White Wheat Malt 14.06 oz 12.15
Caraamber 5.6 oz 4.84
Oats, Flaked 5.12 oz 4.42
Honey 8 oz 6.91


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Fuggle 0.25 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 4.3
Sorachi Ace 0.25 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 13
Fuggle 0.25 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 4.3
Fuggle 0.5 oz 15 min Boil Pellet 4.3


Name Amount Time Use Type
Black Pepper 0.80 tsp 5 min Boil Spice


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 148°F 60 min

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  1. Thanks for the inspiration… My fermentation chamber is all full up but I still want to brew this weekend. Saison is perfect because the yeast loves that higher temperature in the house during this summer heat. Just discovered your website after following a couple of your posts from Homebrewtalk. Cheers!

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