Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: Saison
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 419   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6537) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2015
Keg at IMBC 2015; clear golden amber pour with a bubbly white head, aroma has big NS hops action with gooseberry, taste has some sour action along with gooseberry, grapefruit , nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle gold & lacy the appealing aroma is all fruit the taste is quality citrus hops malt spice & herbs a fine bitter blend

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (4426) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2015
Old rating rerated 02.10.2015, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Nice slightly fizzy-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is fresh fruity, citrus peel, leafs, hops, lawn, citrus, apples, light malts, flowers, wet grass, yeast, bubblegum, hay, dried fruits. Taste is slightly dry citrusy, leafs, citrus peel, minerals, hops, bark, flowers, yeast, grass, weeds. Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry floral mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color. Aroma and taste are tropical fruits and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1981) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2015
With Z, pours a golden orange color with a foamy beige head. Nose is citrus with some yeasty floral notes. Taste is hoppy with nice funk, and spice. Finishes with barnyard funk, hops and the spicy yeasty notes. Quaff Score 7 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours a copper orange with a beige head and aroma of spices and lemon. Taste is spicy as well, with lemon, black pepper, yeast, citrus, and grapefruit notes leading to a spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2015
Bottle, shared at Ale House by Clayton. Nice farrmhouse yeast strain aroma. Huge Nelson hops. Nice clean malt. Great crisp malt backbone. Some licorice and funky elements. Would be interesting to see this aged. Also would be interesting to see them use Dupont yeast as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jmar33 (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2015
Tap. Very interesting beer, strong saison yeast flavour but hopped like an IPA. Really good balance between the two flavours. Definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3566) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2015
Aroma: yeast, pale malts, light bread, some straw, light grass. Appearance: just about clear gold, small, creamy, white head. Taste: light bitter and sweet. Palate: lively carbonation, after initial bitters, dry sweets coming up, some exotic fruits, very dry and bitter finish. Overall: fantastic Saison, well-balanced, nice complexity, very good tipple indeed. Bottle from Twenty One Wines, Brighton.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (766) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2015
From pint bottle. Exploded out of the bottle when the cap was removed. Once settled, it pours a hazy yellow with a tight white head. Aromas of lemon, peach, white grapes and pepper with a little underlying funk. Taste starts out with white wine flavours with some kiwi fruit, lemon and lime before a pepper and lemon zest bitterness in the mid palate. Tropical fruit at the end before a lingering finish with a peppery aftertaste. Excellent stuff.

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