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Brewed by Invercargill Brewery
Style: Saison
Invercargill, New Zealand
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3319) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1821) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jado (495) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
floydian1 (905) - 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!

4.4
   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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LesArgen (197) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Navarre (11) - - DEC 4, 2011
this beer starts with a good aroma of honey, caramel and malt with a strong flavuor of malt and CO2 it has a like foamy finish with a bitter after taste that leavs u salivating for more

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (201) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2011
330ml bottle delivered from the brewery. Aroma: big estery heavenly Belgium yeast aromas dominate. Blissful spiciness; clove, nutmeg, light cinnamon, and honey, bread dough, just mouldy tangelos, at the end some cheese, and coconut. Taste: is "sweet, kind of tart but we think you’ll like it" (though not quite like Ocean spray cranberry juice). Some notable sourness in the long finish. Palate: Lively carbonation which loses it exuberance fairly quickly, lightly syrupy sticky texture, crisp dry, slightly tart finish. Overall: started out ok and just kept on getting better as it went, ended up being delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle as a gift. Hazy orange-gold pour with a nice white head with small bubbles and leaving heavy lace. Citrus and tropical fruit nose with a hint of funkiness. Medium body, fine and lively carbonation, yielding a creamy mouth feel. Orange, pepper, mango, light bubblegum and oaky funkiness. Finish is long and more umami, but there is an underlying sweetness from start to finish which I wasn’t expecting. I prefer drier saisons, but other than the balance, this brew from the bottom of the planet is quite special.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3150) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2011
330ml bottle. Big deep head of white foam. Solid dark amber colour with summer fruit aromas of passionfruit, peach and apricot. Full flavoured and dances across the tongue. Mango citrus in the mouth with a smooth velvet silky finish. One of the better saisons I have had.


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