Boak and Bailey... or was it just Boak... or Bailey... triggered a great discussion today about the meaning of saison. I recommended Farmhouse Ales by Phil Markowski and Yvan De Baets (and I just did again) for anyone interested in the topic. But it is neat to see that we may be in the third wave of these beers if we consider the authentic first era of the farmhouse, the second of the commercial production of a regional style and the third of the craft brewer's take on the other two eras.
While Wevelgem is in Dutch-speaking West Flanders, it is close to the borders of both France and that French-speaking Wallonian province of Hainaut from which saisons are sprung. I will leave it to others to figure out the sensibilities but it may well be fair to say that this is a nod from the third wave to the first from not a very great distance.
I have liked anything De Ranke has made that I has come my way so far. I have high hopes. After my one cube cooler treatment, it pours a bright and active orange under a sustaining white head. The nose is subdued but herbal fruit malty. In the mouth, herbal astringency from bark / lavender / green tea / white pepper hops surround a core of marmalade malt and seemingly deny a soft water core. The overall effect is drying, a bit like like dry vermouth, but properly framed. Not a quick quaff but a thinking person's one.
BAers have the love. One mentions sulphur and I can see that.