Dry, Tart and Fruity Maitrise (“May-treese” ; translates from French as “expertise” or “mastery”) is a new world farmhouse ale crafted as a tribute to the creativity, dedication, and ingenuity required by the profession of brewing. As a truly original blend of American & German wheat & barley malts, New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin hops, and French saison yeast, Maitrise defies classification and convention. It’s an unexpected 9.5% ABV and 80 IBU, brilliant with tropical fruit, yet balanced with a tart palate that finishes soft and dry.
This pours a beautiful, bright honeyed-orange color that glowed in our glasses, capped by a spirited, marshmallow-white head of tiny bubbles that lasts then persists at the edges. It’s a great looking pour, super-fine carbonation, and its generous aromatics are already showing, with expressive notes of honeycomb and tree fruit spilling out of the glass. Very generous.