Our new august release comes in the shape of a grisette, but what exactly is a Grisette?
Well, a Grisette is a style of beer originating from regions along the border of France and Belgium. It’s a relative of other farmhouse beers of the region including saisons. Originating from the the 1700’s or early 1800’s from the mining regions along the border of France and Belgium. The word “grisette” means “little grey one” May come from the name of the local grey-colored stone or from the grey dresses worn by the women who served the beer in local bars. The beer was made to be an easy-drinking style to slake the thirst of miners and field workers.
A grisette tends to be delicate, light in colour & low in ABV. A true brewers beer. All about beer say that “Oral accounts of those who remember the old grisettes say they were low-alcohol, light-bodied, saison-like golden ales.”
Holler has a delicate malt bill of heritage english grain and 20% belgian wheat and is fermented with our own blend of Farmhouse Yeasts, it gives the light peppery aromas of saisons but also some more fruity esters common in belgian abbey ales. We’ve also blended 10% from our oak barrels to add an extra dimension of vanilla and a touch of tannins to help replicate the original flavours imparted from fermentation in oak foudres. This beer is incredibly drinkable and refreshing but also has a subtle complexity that is common in some of our favourite farmhouse beers from around europe. The result is Crisp, refreshing and fragrant.
The artwork is by Jesse Richards, an English animator/compositor and illustrator. We wanted the art to have a farmhouse style whilst incorporating our urban brewery and taproom, the result is this incredible piece which we are delighted with.
Holler is available from friday 21st august at Exale brewing.