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In The Evening Star, Brighton. IĎd gone there wanting Dark Star's Saison, the brewery special for March, and it was on the bar. Itís a golden pint, foggy at the edges, a thin white lace winds down the glass. Itís a noseful of biscuity malt, of distant orange pith, pepper, a summer-day-in-the-country freshness. Itís 4.5%, clean and crisp, a wonderful mouthful of pale malt, smooth, a gentle earthy dryness, a rounded spice, a zesty spike, an uplifting finish of hops. It was so good I had to have another pint. If we didnít have to leave for the train I probably wouldíve had another.

Dark Star have done it again. I thought Six Hop was superb and this one ranks alongside it. The April special is their 6.2% IPA and Iím already thirsty to try it. Iím also looking forward to more Six Hop at Planet Thanet Beer Festival, as well as the APA (that's one of my favourite beer festivals and this year the beer list is looking very tasty - that's my Good Friday sorted).