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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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.


shaunfield's rating

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, - MAR 2, 2014
This is a beer that has a very nice flavor. It is fruity but not too fruity. Would recommended it to a friend


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombutlin (139) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 27, 2016
Banana and ester aroma with a hint of sour taste. Balanced bitterness and a really good aftertaste. Surprisingly refreshing

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9270) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2016
Bottle, The Offie, Leicester. Hazy golden with a white head. White grape with kiwi and hints of lime. Barnyard musty, funky yeast with hints of cheese. Candy sugar with herbal notes. Floral with apple. Peppery finish. Massively drinkable considering the strength.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tselloufc88 (294) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle from Kris Wines, London. Strong yeasty, estery, grape, gooseberry, tropical aroma. Taste is a massive grape punch, lots of fruity esters, tropical tastes dominate, really fruity. Finish is spicy and not too bitter. Brilliant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (4905) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Draft pour at Little Beer Room in Hong Kong. Bright yellow with white head. Spicy and herbal lemon aroma. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LimeGreenHalo (13) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Really great. Saison sourness with an almost wine like dryness. Long lingering beautiful bitter finish. Viva la sauvin!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomgorm (37) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lokis333 (219) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Halfling_4132 (42) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LesArgen (281) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (5461) - 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.


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