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RATINGS: 876   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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This Farmhouse Ale traces its roots to the small rustic breweries of Southern Belgium. The word Saison comes to us from the French language and it means Season. Lightly spiced with Organic Ginger, Orange Peels, Black Pepper and Grains of Paradise, this brew promises to quench your thirst on the hottest Southern California days or wherever your travels may take you. Available in 750 ml bottles and on draft at select inspired locations.

Editor's note. This is a new incarnation of SPF 45, previously brewed at Pizza Port Solana Beach


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsandman (253) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Pours a very clear gold, small white head. Aroma is hay, dough, yeast, light barnyard, spices. Flavor is fresh bread / light malt / clove on back end, faint funk. Nice med mouthfeel, sweet & spice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (477) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Get earthy lemongrass with some peppery spice in the flavor and aroma. Full flavored saison. Bit of an odd aftertaste but otherwise pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (1667) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle from BrewDog, Camden. Poured a lightly hazy orange, with a large, dense off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops, cloves and oak. Spicy flavours, some peppery hop bitterness and Belgian yeast esters. Finish was chewy malt, brown sugar and pine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gschrade (613) - Collinsville, USA - JUN 2, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with off white head. Taste floral, spice, citrus. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jayzz (321) - Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Tasty saison with a spice loaded flavor and a musty sweet hop aroma. Light amber color and small foamy head. One of the better saisons I’ve tasted.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3816) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Aroma is lemons, spices and malts. The flavor is spices, malts, mild pepper spiciness, lemons/light citrus and a tart/slightly tangy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2014
On tap at Harpers. Aroma is black pepper, orange zest, and some sourdough bread. Pours golden with a nice fluffy white head. Taste is intense with a citrus pepper forward, some barnyard and zest, grains, and just a hint of acetone. For a 6.7%, this actually tasted boozier. Intense mouthfeel and a yeasty finish. A little difficult to get through this one but tasty nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1812) - USA - MAY 8, 2014
Hazy dark golden color... Aroma of earth, citrus, grains, banana, cloves... Flavor is moderately citrus, Saison yeast, light bitterness, notes of floral hops... Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1716) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2014 Bottle: Two years old. Cork comes out silent, yay. Honey gold body, some stray bubbles rising to the top but there’s no head on this one. Looks flat & rather oily. Just how I like my saisons. Aroma of hay, phenols, peppery yeast, spicy ginger & clove with a very faint hint of orange zest & mint leaf on the back-end. Taste is heavier on the white pepper-y, phenolic spice. Perhaps more clove/mint, brash yeast, bread, leading to a moderately floral & spicy finish. Finished dry, but the mouth feel is a flat let down... This would be a really nice beer if it were properly carbonated. Otherwise, it’s just decent & the flat mouth feel doesn’t allow the flavors to pop like they should. Distracting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8294) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2014
Tap at Lost Abbey/Port tasting room, 18/04/14. Clear golden with a moderate off white covering/swirl. Nose carries Belgian yeast notes, straw, citric peel, candied orange, light smoke. Taste comprises tangy fruit, lemon rind, bitter orange, straw, spice, yeast eters. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok saison, nothing overly exciting, a little over Beglian’ed in terms of the yeast presence.


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