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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2834) - Edmonton, Alberta, - SEP 2, 2012
500ml brown bottle. Golden coloured brew, fairly clear. Head is white and foamy on first pour. It settles to a fine thin layer in the glass with mild lacing. Nose has light citrus and grass notes, light tropical fruitiness, trace yeast. Taste is grainy, peppery notes, grassy and lemony hops, dry white wine grapey notes. Aftertaste has dry grains, some earthiness and grass, modest bitterness. The body is medium, well carbonated. Retains a nice lightness but still has some complexity.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alberti92 (151) - - APR 30, 2015
Bottle from cellarbrations superstore in hami hill. Pouts hazy golden with s thin creamy head. Carbonation is active and body is medium. Aroma is a tropical fruit salad with moderate funk and spice. Taste is much the same. More tropical hops than yeast which appear as undertone. Little banana and little Orange. Good beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (2719) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2015
Pours out a nice cloudy golden with huge frothy head. Aroma of hay, bread, mild spices and floral essences. Taste is pure saison, mild spiciness, wholegrain bread, black pepper and hay. Mild lingering flavors and a bit of dryness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2648) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle at tasting. Golden pour, white head. Aroma of citrus, white grape and a little yeast. Taste is dry, with subtle dry yeast and a lot of Nelson Sauvin hops. White grape, citrus and a bitter finish. Very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jc1762 (151) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2015
Tap at Craft Beer Rising (London, 19 February 2015) Clean straw yellow with sparse clean white foam. Extremely strong aromas of pineapple and mango. The most tropical nose I’ve ever smelled. The palate is completely dry but shows extremely juicy & refreshing guava, mango and passion fruit (I feel as if I’m practically on the beach as I drink this). Medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a light tartness. Extremely fruit forward and a perfect dry beach beer. I could drink this by the gallon.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hop_Hedonist (307) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2015
Wow! Lovely saison - fruit salad - refreshing and tasty - great summer drink!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RafeAU (326) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2015
If I was smelling thus blind I’d think it was a sauvignon blanc wine. quite an amazing saison showcasing nelson sauvin hops.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garry_Evans (57) - HONG KONG - JAN 24, 2015
Nice balanced saison with goos sour/bitter balance. 500ml bottle from Bottle Shop HK. Pale cloudy straw colour with small white head. Aroma of fresh grass, gooseberries. Taste is the same with strong bitterness and soft on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CroftyCuts (24) - - JAN 8, 2015
Pours a lovely light golden colour with minimal white head. Light fruity aroma, doesn't give a lot away. I approached this anxiously, unsure what to expect from a hopped out saison. It's safe to say I'm a fan. I'm not sure how true to style it is but it is damn tasty! Passionfruit and apricot, good carbonation, a brilliantly refreshing drop, perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlassBrass440 (246) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2015
Aromas of pears, grapes, and flowers give way to peppery phenols and an earthy grounding. Taste brings in spicy phenols and sour grapes. Pours gold as a pilsner but with a larger, fluffier, white head. It feels light, dry and spritzy. Excellent saison.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
danielyabu (1352) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 24, 2014
large frothy offwhite head. good lacing. mostly diminishing. thick sparkling flat dark orange body. aroma: tons of apple, light hoppy, metal, alcohol, honey. if: moderate sweet very light bitter. ff: light sweet heavy bitter. palate: medium body, dry texture, lively carbonation, chalky finish. amargor de lupulo nobre. dulcor campestre de maca. amargor escalante acaba sobrepujando o dulcor e roubando a cena, surgindo como defeito ao estilo. final bem alcoolico. dulcor lembra tambem mel. 50s 35r


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