8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whids (60) - - AUG 15, 2014
Funk, citrus, fruit, earthiness, it’s all happening. Beautiful beer with fairly light carbonation, nice mouthfeel and very well balanced. Nothing overpowering to this saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfukut0mi (20) - - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle, Bangkok, wishbeer. Sour apple and grapefruits aroma. とてもおいし&#

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2014
Pours hazy orange with a medium compact white head. Aromas of citrus, honey, peach, grapefruit, funk. Taste is citrus, honey, kiwi, grapefruit, peach, funk, mango. Mouthfeel is smooth and not too sprightly with low carbonation. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Pours a very nice light orange to gold color. Smell is a little funky to me. Some hops with a little sour smell. Taste is dry. Sticks to my tongue. Little hoppy. Not my favorite style but it’s not terrible.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (922) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange with tons of white head. Aroma is yeasty, hoppy. Taste is a bit tart, hoppy , and spicey. Nice take on a saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle. Hazy gold color, large white head, nice lacing. Aroma of grass, elderflowers. Taste has barnyard, straw, hay, white pepper. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BungEye (26) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2014
Pretty cool beer. Not huge Sauvin notes on the nose. But a beautiful Saison spice when drunk. Would easily keep the farm workers happy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12242) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2014
(500ml bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a medium frothy off-white head. Aroma of pineapple, horseblanket, grapefruit, pine, florals, and pepper. Flavor of orange, passionfruit, pineapple, brett, and earth with a moderately dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiereLuc (1137) - 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 (4273) - 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.

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