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RATINGS: 907   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
decaturstevo (5342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2007
On tap on a bag of grain on a barrell. A hazed golden pour with a creamy white head. An aroma of Belgian yeast that is large on corriander. Creamy flavor of clove, ginger, and other spices with a light bitter finish that is more than a little pleasant. Palate is a bit thin but other than that solid. Another very good offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Cloudy bright peach color, small white head. Strong effervescence with loads of little bubbles, fluffy crown of head. Smells like Unibroue’s yeast, sweetish. Fruit-forward with orange and other citrus, some pink grapefruit. Big palate explodes in the mouth with creamy goodness. Thick but not highly carbonated, a little slick. Flavor and nose are both perfumy. Nuanced and complex: combination of sweet, bitter, spicy, and sour. Many flavors here. Lots of citrus pith. Dry tart finish. A little soapy but a clean finish and fun to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Nice golden color.. The cork pulled a little weak, making me question how well it was bottle conditioned, but the smell is good and the carbonation is appropriate (but maybe a little bit low for the style?). I’m certainly not complaining about the carbonation either way. Nice spicy smell, I can definitely smell the yeast. Alcohol and spices come through in the nose as it warms up a little bit more. The finish is almost too clean for me. I would like a little bit more esters. hops definitely are way in the background. Nice beer, I’d like to try more from this brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2007
On tap at Neoghborhood. Remarkable holds a head in a chalice. Gold color with a triple-like banana flavor with typical Saison light white pepper spiceness. There’s a nice dry quality that makes this a tasty little Saison. Just a bit sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2007
i have heard real good things about this beer. I must say it did not live up to the hype. I will try again though. Great smell. Taste was just alittle off seemed to leave a bad after taste in my mouth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Nice little saison, pours gold, very cloudy, with a tall white head. Very hoppy, and bitter for a saison, nice floral nose of grapefruit, pepper, spices. Crisp on the palate with a long lingering spiciness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2007
hazy orange with a nice lasting head. nice yeast and spice aroma. minimal funk. tart with a nice balance of spices. has a sweet undertone that is very nice. cleansing and dry in the finish. good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (583) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Picked up a few bottles of this at the Angel’s Share release 11/10/07. Pours golden yellow with a thick and billowing white head. Aroma is strong of funk and yeasty backbone. Taste is a wonderful mix of sweetness and tartness that that ends up rounded off in the end. Tomme, I don’t know how you and the other’s at Lost Abbey/ Port Brewing do it but I can say with certainty that you guys impress me with each and every beer you produce. Cheers to you all!!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
750 mL bottle - pours a clear yellow gold with thick white head that lasts to the bottom; strong yeast aromas with touches of spice and fruit; drinks sweet and surprisingly smooth; i haven’t been too big on other saisons i’ve tried, but loved this one

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
In short: True classic-style yeasty Saison on the funky side.
How: 750ml Bottle, about 6 months old
The look: Cloudy dark-yellow body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is citrusy, country field, floral spices. Body is fluffy with a lively carbonation. Citrus fruits skin are peaches are some of the fruity notes. Well malted yet very discreet malt profile of dry wheat/cereals. That leaves all the room for the wonderful lively yeast which is the real star here. Unmistakably Saison. Every bit as alive (borderline funky) as classic Belgian Saisons (Dupont, Blaugies, Fantôme, etc.). Soft and deceivingly complex. Could be because of the “Red Barn” name but I really got a barnyard impression when drinking it. It may just be because I’m easily influenced though, I also think my cloths smell like a Fresh Tidal Wave after I wash them with my new detergent.


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