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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 368   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. 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.


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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (6531) - 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 (398) - 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 I’ve seen so far. This thing really does smell an awful lot like a sauvignon - hard to believe there’s no grapes in there! To some extent, that’s 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 that’s not entirely a bad thing. Really interesting, and another solid performer from a brewery I’m really starting to appreciate. (16/20)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (4887) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
freretoc (819) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 7, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 50cl dans la nouvelle maison de Will, couleur blonde, mousse bien tenante, effervescence importante, gros gros nez sur les agrumes. En bouche moins de force que le nez mais les agrumes se séparent avec un gros début pamplemousse, une continuité sur l’orange et fin de bouche sur l’orange sanguine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (830) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 6, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Nez incroyable sur le houblon. Au palais, acidité, pamplemousse. Bière super bien faite, à peine trop acide pour moi.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
beernest (2) - Shanghai, CHINA - DEC 4, 2014 does not count
this is my new favorite beer : smell like frech white wine ,but No any grape in the bottle . just use hops and malt make beer tasted like wine . this is crazy amzaing convent me .

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1108) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
Rating #1099 - May 24, 2014 - Spring fling at Liquor Select. Pours a hazy straw colour with a frothy white head and lots of lace. Aroma is of farmhouse yeast, pepper, citrus, soft fruits - nelson sauvin hop white grapiness Clean mouthfeel, medium carbonation, mild alcohol warmth. Taste is a crisp sweetness, tempered with herbal notes, mild pepperiness, mild sourness from the yeast. Best saison tasted to date. Unreal aroma and depth of character.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (477) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 23, 2014
From bottle at a tasting at Tap 66, Xiamen. Pours hazy golden yellow with a white head. Fruity aroma with grapes, grapefruit and cherry. Typical saison taste. Bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (249) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Beautiful hazy orange color with nice foam. Spicy and funky yeasts, saison-style aroma with super-good grapelike and citrus fruit aroma. Taste of spices, fruity and earthy as well as a good amount of bitterness. Light-bodied, with a slightly fizzy carbonation. Superb.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosslew (249) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2014
Magnificent in the glass. Stick the bonce in for the apricot. Yeasty esters with citrus and Nelson Sauvin hops holding it all together. Takes drinker to Belgium. Super package. 7%. 500ml. 2.8std drinks. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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