8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Saison
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 411   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.

fidelis83's rating

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ritzn (220) - Bavaria, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2016
Hazy yellow (a hint of green) with almost no head. Aroma is intense, fresh light fruits, toast, bubble gum. Taste is more of the same mostly sour. Average finish of more of the same stuff, sour. Much carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jfb (5355) - Freising, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2016 (bottle) hazy golden colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of herbal hops and yeast, heavily sweaty, with a touch of cherry stones and bubble gum. flavour is mostly nettles and yeast, rather metallic and astringent, with a meaty, semi-bitter finish. medium- to heavy-bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Towey1989 (1586) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2016
Bottle from Bottlecraft, Hanley. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour with a thick, foamy head. Aroma of lemon, grape, slight peach, some pepper, a little yeast and subtle marshmallow. Taste of lemon, peach, grape, some pepper, slight yeast, a hint of wood and subtle grassy hops. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A dry, peppery, citrus hop bitterness in the finish. A lovely, traditional saison styled beer with a lot of peppery, yeasty quality. Nice citrus coming from the Nelson hops and a dry, refreshing finish. An all round great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeanF (2241) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 21, 2016
Poured chilled, it’s got a huge massive foamy head with staying power and heavily carbernated golden body, some fog, perfect in every sense in my humble opinion. Nice aroma of lemon rinds, hops, sour cocktails. Flavour is simplistic lemon and malt, good grain flavours. Nice meatiness on the mouth. A great drink to down by the gallon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 2, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrold (3932) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2016
Bottle. Tall Boys, Leeds. Gold, with a soft haze. Glass filling, pillowy white head. Bready, yeasty malts. Grain husk. Lemon pith. Some white peach, grapey hop. Well balanced, fruity hoppage. Taste is fruity, peachy sweet. Big, tangy hop. Lots of lemon rind. Good body. Long, tangy bitter finish. Comes together really well. 8 Wired good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheKernOwl (143) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2016
Nice grassy nose with lots of different fruit shades (started tightly, with gooseberry/ starfruit, then later just pick a fruit, literally: grapefruit, kiwi, lemon zest, passionfruit and apricot – you could credibly claim loads are present, but none overpoweringly so). Yet this still has a recognisably saison yeast beneath it – some feat. Drying nicely, with more bay leaf/vegetal notes (not unlike a NZ pinot noir – though I know the hop means comparisons are made more often to NZ sauv blanc), but could be drier still given the saison context mehbee? That is nitpicking tho. Really nice beer bridging new world/old world. Lot fruitier than Tuatara’s Sauvinova (sampled alongside this one).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (2174) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 16, 2016
Bottle from Tanakaya. Clearish gold with a finger of white foam that lingers for a bit. Great Belgian yeast nose with fruity esters and spice up front. As it warms the tropical hop show begins with passion fruit, mango and pineapple notes coming on strong with a hint of weed on the palate. Hides the booze well for the style. Nice peppery, juicy finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MBlessing (756) - Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 1, 2016
Trübes goldgelb schaum ok, toller tropisch fruchtiger geruch, leicht fruchtig im Geschmack leicht wässrig angenehm herber Abgang

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16262) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle at and thanks to JF, 26/03/16. Hazed golden orange with a big old off White head. Nose is tangerine, spice, apricot, juicy hop pang, light yeast strokes. Taste comprises yeast esters, citric tinged straw, Mandarin, Nelson hop strokes, grassy, herbal light. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent hop loaded saison with a funky kick ... refreshing stuff.

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