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RATINGS: 950   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Thanks ’TheCheeseMan!’ Pours a cloudy yellow-gold color with a huge pillowy white head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is orange zest, lemon, and spices. Taste is about the same. Very good but I miss those funky or apple-pie saisons; a bit much like a Belgian Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
I never know what to expect with Saisons. I either like them or hate them. I like this one. Pours hazy yellow-gold with a huge white head. Spun sugar, musty malt, bananas, clove, and lemon in the nose. Sweet, light clean taste similar to a trippel. Great yeast ester bubblegum and clove flavors, and the ginger definitely enhances the taste here. More orange peel and pepper with lemon towards the back. Great warm-weather beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy, golden orange with a soapy white head. Aroma is a sweet and musty malt. Flavor is more of the same, sweet and musty malt, touchs of spice, orange and in the background you taste the ginger and pepper. Finishes mild and dry. A very nicely done session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Bottle thanks to Shyam. Bright golden/orange pour saturated with haziness and a lovely white head. Floral, yeasty, fruity nose. Same notes on the palate, but picked up menthol on the nose and palate as it warmed, and it came close to ruining an otherwise lovely experience. Possibly because there was some ginger in the food I was eating with it, that menthol/ginger flavor started to present itself too much. Main complaint is too much spice. Still, a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Pours a lightly hazy orange color with a medium foamy head which turns to nice lacing. Malty aroma with spice, light fruit, and some grain. Taste is similar, with pepper coming through on a very dry finish. I would definately enjoy this again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2008
Bottle: Thanks to my cousin for sharing this...poured a light orange color with no head. Spiced malts and some light floral fruit notes in the aroma. Good body, light and refreshing mouth feel yet still noticeable. Flavor pretty much followed the nose but was mildly dry and finished very nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1572) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2008
750, courtesy of snojerk. Pours a cloudy orange (cloudier on 2nd glass) with minimal head. Orange like aroma, with notes of flower and pepper.Flavor has a strange menthol and earth front, that finishes dry and clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lothore (618) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours a deep cloudy orange color with a massive white head that slowly dissapates into tons of lacing. S- Smells of sweet fruits and malty goodness. Tangerine, banana and cloves are present in the nose. T- Taste is very wheaty and earthy, slight alcohol tones, dark fruits and a plethora of spices that while complex seem to be a little obtrusive to some of the other tastes trying to shine in this brew. M- Mouthfeel is extremely thick and well carbonated. D- This is a good sipper but i couldn’t see myself drinking more than one glass at a time. Senses overload with spices that complement the flavor, but take away from the drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Haslinger (907) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle. Good spice aroma.Hazy orange pour. Very smooth taste with the orange and ginger being very evident. Peppery aftertaste. Would buy again but other Lost Abbey brews are more to my liking

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2008
750ml Was lucky to get a bottle of Red Barn from Taynor awhile back, thanks Dana! Red Barn is surprisingly clear with only the mildest of haziness through the goldenrod body. Carbonation rises quickly from every surface of the glass to the two finger cotton white head that formed on the pour. The head fell rather quickly to a half finger but left a meringue like middle. A good looking saison. This is brewed with ginger, orange peel, black pepper, and grains of paradise. The orange peel, ginger and grains of paradise greet the nose right off the bat in that order of intensity form most to least. There’s a slight grassy hoppiness that mingles well with the added spices. As it warms the black pepper spiciness comes forward where I didn’t notice at a colder temperature. This just smells like a thirst quencher. Flavor follows the lines of the aroma with everything more toned down but also seamless. Red Barn starts off with a mild groundlaying biscuity dry maltiness and is quickly overtaken by the spicing. The ginger, grains of paradise, and orange peel all come together mid palate but the only one left standing on the finish is the orange. This is where mild pepper and a mild grassy hoppiness join in and make for a delicious drying finish. The mouthfeel is good for the style. A bit below medium bodied with decent carbonation. If I had any complaint it would be that the carbonation could be a little more aggressive. The body tends to stick around too long ocassionally. Like the nose suggested, this is a thirst quencher delux. A hot Summer day and I would be all over this. I could polish off a couple bottles no problem while out on the deck hanging out under the umbrella. Another good beer from Lost Abbey and one of my favorite American made saisons. Doesn’t quite have the funk I enjoy so much from some Belgians but I’m digging it none-the-less. I’d pick up a few of these tonight if Lost Abbey distributed out this way. Thanks again Dana! 4/19/08

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