8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 372   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiereLuc (999) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
Bière orangée, voilée au col de mousse épais et aéré. L’effervescence est modérée. Au nez, alcool, fruits rouges et cassonade s’adonnent à une joviale partie de cartes. Les fruits gagnent la partie. En bouche, le pétillement est vif et fin. Des saveurs d’agrumes sortent du lot après quelques secondes de noyade bien sentie. C’est relativement bien, mais tout de même en-deça de mes attentes pour un produit qui s’appelle «Saison Sauvin». J’aurais aimé plus de «Saison» et plus de «Sauvin». Mais ça, c’est juste moi...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4114) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle. Bronze and clear with a small head. Just bursts with fruitiness with hops floating in the mix. Never wanted drinking this beer to finish. It was outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2211) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle shared by Dan. Nose is slightly tart. Some grapey and funk. Kinda thin mouthfeel. Ok but sorta lacks the fruitiness of a saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5151) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 6, 2014
Tap at Mikkeller Bangkok. Poured a hazy light amber with a thin whispy white head and broken lace. The aroma is big citrus with some dry dough bready notes. The flavour is toothpaste bitter, light sweet with a crisp, sharp citrus hop dry earthy aspirin palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Not bad. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattyhennessy (353) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (1033) - SPAIN - MAY 10, 2014
Botella de 50 cl, adquirida en tienda XXXII. Color ambar claro. Sabor a levadura, muy ligeramente afrutado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (832) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omega (740) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Psytron (1413) - 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.

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