Shipwreck Saison is a Belgian-style Saison brewed by Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip glass from a bottle.
The Saison pours a somewhat clear orange gold and is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense, puffy white foam that shows good retention. Its effervescence is apparent as streams of fine bubbles rise in the glass. A coat of residue clings to the sides and eventually leaves behind a lovely lattice.
The ale was aged in Chardonnay barrels and that’s immediately apparent from the aroma. A strong vinous scent dominates the nose.
A taste of bready malt leads the palate and is promptly flushed with a strong taste of Chardonnay that lingers through the finish. Hints of pepper and a bit of yeasty funk are detected on the backend.
Its feel is soft and smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish is dry, somewhat crisp, and its strong alcohol imparts a light warming sensation.
There are suggestions of yeast and spice typical of a Saison, but otherwise, the vinous character of the Chardonnay overpowers the rest of the brew. But depending on how much you enjoy wine, that could be a good thing. Otherwise, its appearance is lovely, and its ABV—high for the style—is managed well. If you enjoy wine and beer, the Shipwreck Saison could be your pairing.