I dont *think* any commercial Saison varietys are available in Australia. If any were, it would be Silly Saison (by Brasserie De Silly in Belgium). I know Silly La Divine is available, so maybe Silly Saison is?
Duvel is a trippel isn't it? Pale colour with fruity notes coming from the yeast? Saison should be more tart... Whitelabs have a different yeast for Saison... Interestingly, it scores highly suitble for brewing trippels but WLP550 and 500 only score 2 for Saison... weird.
You will be doing well to get the Mac's or Monteiths seasonals in Oz as they don't normally ship the seasonals here.
As for the recipe it is a beauty.
I did stuff up a little and added the corriander seeds at the same time as the orange peel (at 15mins) where as the recipe I had called for it at 5mins.
The corriander didn't come through too much though which is good.
Hanging out to get home and have a couple tonight
If anything I would like to try the exact same recipe with the White Labs Saison yeast.
Doc, if you didn't have the WLP565 (Belgian Saison I) would you go a wit yeast again or a Belgian Abbey/Trappist like 500/530 or 550?
I might be completely misinterpreting the Whitelabs numbering scheme but I thought the first number had a bearing on how closely related or similar in character the strains are.... and given Saison has no wheat in the grist...