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Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: Saison
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 421   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Cloudy pale peach-gold pour with a 2 finger, super creamy off white head. Aroma is loaded with sweet stone fruit, citrus and sweet floral notes, light dusty sweet grain, a touch of pineapple and sharp fruity esters. Flavor is light toast, sweet cereal and seedy notes up front, followed by doughy yeast, sharp citrus and stone fruits, spicy hop notes, pepper, a little too much booziness and slightly bitter lemon-lime finish. Medium body with a slightly chalky, but lightly syrupy feel. Good stuff.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (3199) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle from Rehills of Jesmond. Pours a slightly hazy straw colour with a big frothy white head. Aroma of hay, citrus and yeast. The taste has plenty of slightly peppery spice over earthy yeast flavours with hay and a little tropical fruit. Light and refreshing. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (634) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 9, 2016
Lovely looking, great aroma and a lovely set of tastes that wash over, from that earthy note, the the under bitterness and the sugariness from the malt. Lovely drinking a beer like this and pretending summer is coming....

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1175) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 30, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4. A hoppy saison indeed. The farmhouse works well with the typical grass of Sauvin. Lively carbonation on a sweet beer with a decent bitterness. Refreshingly light body, dry. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbonga (113) - - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle. Hazy gold. Lots of grape in the aroma with some peach and passionfruit. Earthy, winey taste. Plenty of funk and a great showcase for Nelson S hops. Nicely balanced between the yeast and hop flavours. Dry, peppery finish. Lovely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoponmate (96) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 26, 2016
500ml bottle. Pours a pale golden color partly cloudy with a frothy head. Tastes like what youd expect from a belgian beer with a slightly fruitier finish.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
explosivedog (282) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 22, 2016
Taster at Mikkeller Seoul. Very pale for a saison, and the sauvin hops dominate the aroma. The flavour is grassy and sweet, just like sauvin hops, but there’s a good background of funkiness too. This is a really well thought out beer.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewtalita (237) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 19, 2016
Pale yellow, lingering head. Aroma vinegar, cork and oak chips, lime juice. Palate medium, low carbonation. Taste passion fruit, pineapple, chardonnay-like sour finish. Sweet and fruity, rich finish. Very nice actually.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rusos (594) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle, Many thanks to brewtalita. Hazy golden colour, white head. Aroma os nice hoppy, tropical, passionfruit, grapes, funky yeasty. Fresh. Tempting. Taste is very refreshing too, hops, fruity, tropical, passionfruit, funky. Bisquity malty tones. Very good drinkability. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (4986) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle at a tasting. Flavourful, juicy. High hoppiness marries well with the spicy saisony character. Winey, berries, light dried fruits, assertive saisony spices. Great beer, easy drinking. Does not feel thin despite being very well attenuated.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (4051) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
Pours clear golden with low white head. Aroma of funj, nelson sauvin, citrus, honey. Taste is sweet, funky, rich honey finish. Light and creamy body with soft carbonation.


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