As far as I know, Weyerbacher only has one rule. Their anniversary beers must be at least 10% ABV. This saison fits the bill, coming in at 10.5% ABV. At first, this struck me as odd. Everything I knew (which is not a whole lot) about the history of saison led me to believe that saisons were normally low in ABV, and were brewed as a refreshment for farmers in Belgium. I had a taster of this beer at the brewery, and was very impressed. I couldn't wait to get home to fully appreciate this beer!
Weyerbacher Seventeen pours a golden straw color, with a small head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing on this one. On the nose, wow, tons of citrus! Spice too! Taking a drink, I get a mix of lemon and alcohol, which turns spicy and leaves my mouth with a peppery aftertaste. The alcohol is there, but I enjoy it in this one. For me, this is very drinkable for 10.5% ABV. The mouthfeel is not too heavy, and doesn't fill me up. I'm not sure what food I would pair this with, but I would definitely save it for after dinner, maybe as a pre-dessert treat.
Get your hands on this one if you can, once it's gone, it's gone!