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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip

bottled
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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Cybercat's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (4089) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2012
I recommend caution, and a big thirsty towel, when opening this - the bottle I sampled fizzed like New Year’s champagne. Strong aroma is fruity, mainly apple with a little pear and a hint of orange, and quite yeasty. It pours a pretty clear golden amber with a very thick cream-white head. Crisp, fruity, sour flavor has notes of apple, grapefruit, malt and pear and a pinch of yeast. Smooth texture has not much fizz but good body.


4.1
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (2229) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (673) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
CacheManyHose (403) - HONG KONG - JUN 12, 2015
From Bottle Shop as part of Matt's 31st birthday haul. Hazy orange-tan pour. Big fluffy fizzy white head, streaky legs. Smells very yeasty, sour citrus (orange, lemon, lime), doughy bread, grass, barnyard, light spice. Taste is similar but fainter. Body is thin-to-medium, relatively watery but with a touch of slickness. Not bad! But hard to judge as this bottle is quite old.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alberti92 (159) - - 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 (2963) - 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 (2973) - 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 (256) - 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 (335) - 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 (426) - 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.


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