Home >

Invercargill Sa!son

Brewed by Invercargill Brewery
Style: Saison
Invercargill, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip


on tap


Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
The latest offering from Invercargill Brewery is a traditional Belgium farmhouse ale we’ve called Sa!son, that’s taken three years to get from concept to keg.

Orange zest gives a citrus tang to this effervescent style with hints of bubble gum and coconut, with a tart finish.

Saison is French for Season. Originally this style was made at the end of winter, heavily hopped to preserve it through the summer months so it could be doled out to farm workers at the autumn harvest.

The Invercargill Brewery interpretation has been laid up for three months to allow the flavours to mature and soften.

Get in quick for this one. An extremely limited edition 600 litre batch is available on tap at the brewery bottle-store and a select few bars and bottlestores.

The Beer Facts:

Name: Sa!son
Style: Saison
Color: Orange
IBU: 45
Hops: Rakau & Pacific Gem
Yeast: Belgium Saison Yeast
Malt: Gladfield Lage, Amber, Carawheat, Caramalt
Alcohol: 6% by volume

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (7837) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle from Taps Beer Bar, Changkat, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a slightly hazy orange amber with a frothy white head and lots of bubbles. The aroma is orange citrus, light mineral, light hop. The flavour is light acid citrus sour with a crisp big citrus fruit, grainy mineral, light acidic palate with some grassy hop notes. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. A superb and very nicely balanced saison. Pretty awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5091) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 2, 2015
Very cloudy. Big big frothy white head the head just kept coming and coming. Big hoppy nose with oak, though it doesn’t seem oak barreled, tons of hops. Lots of funkiness with juniper berries and caramel. Light hoppy mouth with tons of citrus jumping through. Dry and hoppy. Big bitter hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle at Fork&Bottle, Zurich. Hazy golden, nice head. Intensely bitter, orange zest aroma. No compromise hoppiness, hints of fruit. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1854) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2015
12oz bottle pours a very hazy orange color with a lot of frothy head. Nice wild yeast flavor, a little citrusy. A lot of flavor for a saison. High sweetness. There is an oakiness, but I don't think it's been in a barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2014
The head is good, the body blond and cloudy. It smells yeasty, malt-aromatic, bit hoppy, aromatic. The taste is alcoholic, fruity, bit spicy, yeasty, a bit dry, aromatic, nice! 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2618) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange colour with a medium sized white head, aroma is orange, taste is bitter with fruit with a short bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jado (778) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2013
From 330 ml bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a rocky white head. Aromas of orange juice, orange zest, hay, lemon, banana and spice. Taste is a little funky at the front, but fresh fruit - notably apple, orange and banana - come through. Touch of cloves. Lemon zest bitterness at the end. Peppery citrus aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
floydian1 (1362) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 21, 2013
From a 330ml brown bottle. Cloudy amber body beneath a large fluffy white head that shows good retention. Aromas of orange peel, straw, malts and a hints of blue cheese and pepper. Taste is delicious somewhat tart bittersweet malts with a lovely dry spicy hop finish. Refreshing slick mouthfeel with a medium body and spiritely carbonation. A very commendable Antipodean attempt at this style. Would love some more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2012
This was fantastic, in fact this is the best Australasian Saison I have had. Lovely, balanced taste that leaves you regretting your decision to not buy more than one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LesArgen (317) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2012
One of the things I love about my relatively new conversion to posh beer is learning about the weird origins of so many styles. They used to brew this beer for the peasants at harvest time and, um, this is quite nice. I’m getting some honey and mandarin on the nose, and then when I drink it there’s citrus peel that bounces tangily across the tongue and right underneath. There’s quite a lot of hops in the finish too. Is it finished already? I reckon those Belgian peasants would have had the same response.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50