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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2011

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium orange yellow colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, catt piss, dry hops, light moderate yeasty. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111105]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31480) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2012
50 cL bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a huge white head. Aroma is crisp hoppy fruity, peachy and grapefruity. Smooth mellow yeasty flavoured and mouthfeel. Bitter, light citrusy and crisp hoppy. Smooth and lingering fruity into the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29485) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2012
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of spices, black pepper, grass, hops, and lemons. The flavor is sweet with notes of yeast, black pepper, lemons, hay, and hops leading to a bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2011
Bottle 50 cl. Slightly hazy amber with a small off-white head. Yeast, phenols and distinct Nelson Sauvin in the nose. Medium body with some initial fruit sweetness and again yeast and phenols. Rather bitter finish. 261011

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear amber coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of hops, citrus and petroleum with notes of grass. Fruity flavour of hops, spices, citrus and grape fruits with notes of yeast. Dry hoppy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16932) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity hoppy yeasty apple and grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty yeasty hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty bitter hoppy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (15342) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
19th October 2011
Hazy amber beer with a big pale cream coloured head. Softish palate, a little dry. Mild fine carbonation. Creamy malt base. Lovely hops - vibrant grape with lesser blackcurrant, grapefruit and peach. Finishes with mild minerals and medium hop bitterness. Lovely! Nelson Sauvin never tastes the same twice and here it is particularly grapey.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2012
Bottle from Havnens Vin & Tobakhus, Vejle, Denmark; bb Jan 2013, possibly 2 months old
Hazy golden color, with medium and not persistent head. Very nice aroma of fruity hops, peaches, old wood, light apricots, a touch of passion fruit and sweat. Lean body, dry mouthfeel, with a quite original variant of malt and toffee, moderate biscuity touch; then come hop oils and resins, with a herbal accent; finally, a touch of spicy yeast; the light alcohol feeling blends well with the hops and toasted malts to create a pleasant final.
Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14715) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2012
bottle at home ... amber ... big bubble white head ... soft light malt ... light passion fruit hop ... fizzy ... zezty .. soft passion fruit ... light bitter fruits ... soft salt ... light dry ... light yeast ... quite bitter

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14095) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich hops, caramel, fruits and malt.


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