Saison beer originates from the days in which cooling not existed yet, beer was brewed in winter time on the farmhouses in Wallonia. In order to have the beer keep its freshness until summertime, so the season farm workers could drink it, extra hop was used. With its preservative characteristic, the hop had a double function. This resulted in a very dry and thirst-quenching beer. Saison beer contains a high level of fermentable sugars and is submitted to warm maturation with dry hopping. The raw hop character is compensated by the unfermented sugars that can form the base of a possible re-fermentation in the bottle. This contributes to the sparkling, fruity character of this typical summer beer.