8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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.

Cybercat's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (4290) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomgorm (27) - maroubra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2015
Passionfruit explosion on the nose. Sits over pleasant light malt with earthy flavours, and a slight funk typical of the style. Other tropical flavors plus the Sav blanc - typical of the hops - are present, but passionfruit dominates without being overwhelming. Quite a dry palate which is my only complaint. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lokis333 (159) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - OCT 27, 2015
Clear gold color with large visible carbonation and large white foam. Aromas of hops, grapefruit, passion fruit, honey and malt. Very sweet. Palate, light, easy but full body with nice sweet finish. Tastes of hops, grapefruit, banana and hint of yeast and malt. Overall awesome beer would recommend and buy again, nice light sweet but serious beer. Bottle from ale house in Chelmsford.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Halfling_4132 (15) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Aroma-Strong grapefruit and citrus scents, hops and honey. Very sweet. Appearance-Light gold with white foam. Taste-Light and sweet. Palate- Full body, Grapefruit and hops with a hint of honey. Very fizzy carbonation. Overall- Really unusual and exciting, glad i tried it. Not my usual type but highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LesArgen (276) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2015
A complex array of aromas float from the glass, including banana peel, lemon, sherbet, lemongrass and pepper. On tasting, the hops are much more prominent, perhaps too much for a saison, but there’s still a complex melange of flavours including boiled lollies and more lemongrass and pepper. Not a classic saison but a great beer - very refined, a pleasant aftertaste and well-hidden alcohol. Bottle from Tru Bru.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (5220) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2015
Keg at IMBC 2015; clear golden amber pour with a bubbly white head, aroma has big NS hops action with gooseberry, taste has some sour action along with gooseberry, grapefruit , nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waiake (534) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle gold & lacy the appealing aroma is all fruit the taste is quality citrus hops malt spice & herbs a fine bitter blend

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (3351) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2015
Old rating rerated 02.10.2015, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Nice slightly fizzy-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is fresh fruity, citrus peel, leafs, hops, lawn, citrus, apples, light malts, flowers, wet grass, yeast, bubblegum, hay, dried fruits. Taste is slightly dry citrusy, leafs, citrus peel, minerals, hops, bark, flowers, yeast, grass, weeds. Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry floral mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1273) - - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color. Aroma and taste are tropical fruits and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1823) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2015
With Z, pours a golden orange color with a foamy beige head. Nose is citrus with some yeasty floral notes. Taste is hoppy with nice funk, and spice. Finishes with barnyard funk, hops and the spicy yeasty notes. Quaff Score 7 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1753) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours a copper orange with a beige head and aroma of spices and lemon. Taste is spicy as well, with lemon, black pepper, yeast, citrus, and grapefruit notes leading to a spicy finish.

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