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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Blenheim, New Zealand
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RATINGS: 375   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. Iím guessing that flavour wasnít a main concern back then; the priority was to provide a beverage that was safe to drink, because water usually wasnít. 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 (2757) - 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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jc1762 (133) - 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 Iíve ever smelled. The palate is completely dry but shows extremely juicy & refreshing guava, mango and passion fruit (I feel as if Iím 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 (291) - 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 (253) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2015
If I was smelling thus blind Iíd 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 (51) - 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 (23) - - 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 (178) - 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 (1331) - Uni„o da Vitůria, 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
[6185-20140221] Bottle. Grainy plastic grass aroma. Hazy, orange brown body with a long-lasting foamy off-white head. Bitter white wine wood and toasted grape flavour. Medium body. Interesting. (7-/3/7/3/15) 3.5

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (591) - CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Pours hazy gold with two fingers of fluffy loose white head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is strong vinous Sauvin hops, citrus, slight funk. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild peppery spice. (8/10) Medium body, soft carbonation, off-dry slightly peppery bitter finish. (4/5) Wow - this has got to be the clearest, most emphatic implementation of the Nelson Sauvin hops Iíve seen so far. This thing really does smell an awful lot like a sauvignon - hard to believe thereís no grapes in there! To some extent, thatís unfortunate, because it tends to overwhelm the other saison flavours which actually are there, but lurking in the shadows of the big Sauvin hop punch. That being said, I really do like those Sauvin hops, so thatís not entirely a bad thing. Really interesting, and another solid performer from a brewery Iím really starting to appreciate. (16/20)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (5154) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2014
Appearance: Hazy golden color with a fine white head that leaves some lacing.
Aroma: Mild fruity, fresh citric and yeast.
Palate: Medium + body. Tad sweet, and a moderate bitterness. Average to soft carbonation. Mild acidic.
Taste: Yeast, citric, fruity, and some spiced notes.
Overall impression: One more please. NOW! Lovely ale.
Personal stats: On tap Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark


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