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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattyhennessy (342) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2014
Pours a golden yellow with a strong white head. Citrus and grassy aroma. Some bready and yeasty flavours, some lime and citrus peel which gives a tarty finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (970) - SPAIN - MAY 10, 2014
Botella de 50 cl, adquirida en tienda XXXII. Color ambar claro. Sabor a levadura, muy ligeramente afrutado.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (786) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2014
Aroma is earthy, citrus, lemon grass and rich malt. Some sulphur notes. Taste is a sweet maltiness with some earthy/sour funky tastes. There are some bitter clove homts and grassy flavors but it finishes smooth overall. A gold body with a very large frothy head.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omega (721) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 27, 2014
Quite a funky beer were the belgian yeast aspect is quite predominant. Quite tart on the palate which makes for supping and not imbibing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2014
Strong esters billow past the lively head. Some doughy notes upfront are quickly cut with flavors of lime zest, tart apple, white pepper, vinegar, and some woodsy tannins. It ends with a funky and substantial bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Psytron (1391) - Turku, FINLAND - APR 22, 2014
Smell of hops, grapefruit. Cloudy amber colour, beige-orange head. Aroma of orange peel, hops, some yeast and grain. Bitter. Fizzy carbon, medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4060) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: De Molen Beershop, Bodegraven. Had at home.
Appearance: Hazy golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Fruit, citrus, hops, yeast.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, citrus, perfume, hops.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukcha (8) - CHINA - APR 8, 2014 does not count
On the nose it is very similar to white wine, but with just a little more yeast character, the aroma of green fruits and citrus with a light flora finish. Light in body, initial sweetness finishing very dry, i have had this both draft in the roundhouse in HK and in a bottle, the draft seem sweeter, but the yeast character was a lot more present in the bottled beer - overall a great beer quite sessionable considering it is 7%

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle. Moderate straw for the malt, light to moderate herbs and dried grass for the hops, barnyard for the yeast, with apple, pear, wood, and vinegar. Head is small, fizzy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky medium amber. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes slightly sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a carbonation between soft and lively and has a slightly dry finish. Fruity at the start but this Saison finishes with a dry and bitter ending.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2123) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle at Nelson blue NYC. Pours a light red brick color with a head that fades to nothing. Yeasty and bready with lots of flavor and a sweet pond cake aftertaste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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