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RATINGS: 895   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2007
From a 750-ML bottle--poured a rich golden-copper body with an enormous fuzzy white head. Nose of yeast and piny hop resins. Floral and funky. Spicy and biting. Definite West Coast Belgian appeal to this not so balanced but extremely flavorful brew,

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Burnished gold with some orange, slightly hazy, spritzy but tight foam; very herbaceous aroma and flavor on a bone dry, all most powdery frame. spices are very forward yet at the very least complimentary, they are a bit overwhelming though on top of the nearly sugar free malt base. Maybe some age will stitch this into a beauty, if some sweetness is eventually revealed to balance...

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9734) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Rating #3800... Bottle... This beer rocks!... Cloudy golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. The fruity, breadsy aroma offers notes of fresh-baked, whole grain bread, ripe orange, peach and black pepper. The flavor is of sweet bread, biscuit and ripe fruit up front. Soft, peppery bitterness on the backside. Full-bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. Crisp, lightly spiced, mildly bitter finish. Another great brew from the folks at Lost Abbey!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2007
The beer pours a hazy orange with hints of copper, the 750ml bottle is corked and caged with the head is portly and off white in color, the texture creamy, as it fades to nothingness, the lace provides a concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is rich in spices, hints of peach, nice malt backing, crisp and fresh to the nose. Start is sweet and malty; the top is moderate in feel. Finish has a nice moderate acidity, hops are present and the fruity sweetness combines with the dry aftertaste, a great series of beers this "Lost Abbey”.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
On tap at Port Brewing in San Marcos. Very Belgian beer, very spicy, dark yellow with very small head. Spices stay in your throat...interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Autumn gold color with light fluffy head that lingers. Aroma is spicy citrus, ginger and clove mixed with yeast. Taste is solid saison with citrus and grassy notes, along with spices and pepper. Great mouthfeel and lingering finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Pours a very light golden color with a huge, rocky white head that lasts the duration. Smell is yeasty. Lots of yeast and just a bit of funk. Taste is spicy, and peppery. Full and creamy on the mouthfeel. This is a decent brew. I was expecting more funkiness to it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6314) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2007
750, corked and caged. Pours cloudy coppery orange with a towering, thick, egg-white-peaked platinum blonde head that you could probably use to insulate your house. Nice bold funky nose with sweet candied oranges, sharp orange pith, and a nice peppery grapefruit hop underneath it all. Truly a beauitfully considered bouquet--grabs your attention and intrigues you before you even walk in and set down the glass.
Tingly, sharply fizzy attack with a nice medium body and candied earth popping out all over the place. God, this is really a brilliant beer. Quenching and refreshing but plenty of layers of complexity to the earth, oranges, toast, and light funk that swirl across the mid-palate. The finish is clean, almost neutral. Lovely stuff you can sip or session. I am truly overjoyed that this stuff is now available in my town, despite the fact that I worked a trade for this over the summer. Speaking of which...this beer stood up to a couple days on the road in June or July very well. Gotta get a fresh one now too. Lovely. Just lovely.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
75cL Bottle. Pours a very nice hazy dark golden color, very tight white foam that fades yet never dies and leave great lacing. Aroma is ginger and lots of it, with just a touch of malt buried there somewhere. Flavor again HUGE on the ginger, not my favorite spice in beer and goes against my philosophy on spices in beer, if you can notice them you’ve used way too much. Mouthfeel is spot on, very light on the palate, but the the dryness left in the aftermath of the spices kinda sucks all the moisture out of my mouth. Cut the spices in half and this could be a great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2007
A very nice, spicy Saison. Plenty of hops in here for the style, which I enjoyed. Nice golden color, very nice appearance in the glass. A very interesting and tasty brew.


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