Inside look at Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs

One of the beers at the NotF that I am interested to try is Cuvee des Fleurs which as the description says is “a Saison flavored with a blend of edible flowers including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinalis, R. canina and H. lupulus.” Translated it is a Saison flavored with a blend of edible flowers including English Lavender, Roman chamomile, Marigold, Dog Rose and hops. It sounds like a very eclectic mix so I figured I would do a little research to figure out what something like this will taste like. I am sure I will be surprised no matter what.

I dug into my brewing references to find info on these herbs. Yes, I have references about brewing with herbs (for those that care, Sacred Herbal Healing Beers by Stephen Buhner). Its actually a really good book but I will get into it some other day. It has some interesting comments on using those flowers and I figured I would share some of the notes.

Lavender, a mild nervine and relaxant herb that is useful for depression,  headaches, debility, and exhaustion. Also adds a unique flavor and taste.
Chamomile, a mild sedative with anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. It also has a fragrant aroma and adds a slight bitterness.
Marigold, the flowers are used for their antibacterial, immune stimulating, and antifungal. Also adds color and taste similar to dandelion.
Dog Rose, an anti-inflammatory and also extremely high in vitamins (C, P, etc). A fragrant wild rose.
Hops, an antiseptic and antibacterial that also has soporific (sleepytime) and diuretic (peetime) properties. Hell, you know what hops are. They are used to add bitterness and can give the beer a mild tannin-like astringency. They are also AWESOME

So basically, drinking this beer will be like drinking an english garden in late spring. It also seems that it will cure what ales you (pun intended).  I will let you know what its like in my NotF drunken recap

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