8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Saisons have been around for ages. Traditionally brewed by Belgian and French farmers to provide refreshment during harvest. I’m guessing that flavour wasn’t a main concern back then; the priority was to provide a beverage that was safe to drink, because water usually wasn’t. Never the less, over time they developed a beverage chrarissed by beer geeks of the modern world. The alcohol content was low, so the workers could consume enough to keep hydrated and still perform their job: To load the barn with enough barley for next years brewing season. I bet these hardworking, humble farmers never imagined, that centuries later, their style of brewing would inspire brewers from all over the world. As all our beers, this is a very modern, you might say new world, interpretation of this style. Based on the tradition we have used a French Saison yeast, which provides a plethora of funky, earthy, very "Belgian" flavours. From there we have upped the ante a fair bit by doubling the amount of malt, and thereby the alcohol, and loaded the kettle with punchy Nelson Sauvin hops. Unlike the original, this is not a beer meant to be drunk by the gallon. Moderation is the key for full enjoyment of all great beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
beernest (2) - Shanghai, CHINA - DEC 4, 2014 does not count
this is my new favorite beer : smell like frech white wine ,but No any grape in the bottle . just use hops and malt make beer tasted like wine . this is crazy amzaing convent me .

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1373) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
Rating #1099 - May 24, 2014 - Spring fling at Liquor Select. Pours a hazy straw colour with a frothy white head and lots of lace. Aroma is of farmhouse yeast, pepper, citrus, soft fruits - nelson sauvin hop white grapiness Clean mouthfeel, medium carbonation, mild alcohol warmth. Taste is a crisp sweetness, tempered with herbal notes, mild pepperiness, mild sourness from the yeast. Best saison tasted to date. Unreal aroma and depth of character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (869) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 23, 2014
From bottle at a tasting at Tap 66, Xiamen. Pours hazy golden yellow with a white head. Fruity aroma with grapes, grapefruit and cherry. Typical saison taste. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (1389) - Garching, GERMANY - NOV 14, 2014
Beautiful hazy orange color with nice foam. Spicy and funky yeasts, saison-style aroma with super-good grapelike and citrus fruit aroma. Taste of spices, fruity and earthy as well as a good amount of bitterness. Light-bodied, with a slightly fizzy carbonation. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosslew (320) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2014
Magnificent in the glass. Stick the bonce in for the apricot. Yeasty esters with citrus and Nelson Sauvin hops holding it all together. Takes drinker to Belgium. Super package. 7%. 500ml. 2.8std drinks. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2014
From bottle. Mild neutral fruit character. Floral hop notes with a bit of sweetness, some Belgian yeasty esters, and grape must. Woody and slightly oxidized. Deep amber clear with light haze. Off-white creamy lacing head. Medium body with high carbonation. Starts moderately sweet, lots of estery notes, carbonic fizziness. Grape must and light tartness. Finishes dry with mild caramel and a little oxidation, light hop bitterness. Light bitter after.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (7810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours golden, nose is tropical fruit, lemon, pineapple, taste is juicy and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mephistoben (1) - - OCT 6, 2014 does not count
Very well balanced farmhouse ale that had nice flavours and the Nelson sauvin hops

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1935) - Granollers, SPAIN - SEP 17, 2014
Molt bona saison, té el típic caracter però perfectament lligat amb un fort caracter a Nelson Sauvin que li afavoreix molt. Muy buena saison, tiene el típico carácter pero perfectamente ligado con un fuerte carácter a Nelson Sauvin que le favorece mucho.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1647) - Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Appearance: brassy orange, eggshell-colored frothy head, generous lacing. Aroma: earthy, with citrus hops, apricot, light pepper and funk. Taste: big flavors, surprisingly malty, with caramel and toffee, scads of dry citrusy hops (grapefruit, blood orange), with cracked pepper, light funk, and hay. Finish: long, earthy, dry, with lingering sauvin character and just a hint of funk; palate is surprisingly chewy. Notes: A big saison, with the typical funk restrained enough that you could have just called it a regular Belgian ale. The hops shine, but are nicely balanced.

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