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RATINGS: 956   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle@SpontaneousWeekend08. Bread, bit dough and yeast aroma. Hazy, yellow color, off-white head, good lace. Light sweet, light bitter, bread, ginger, light grassy, little sticky. Nothing special going on. Tastes like an avery belgian ale, not a saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
On tap at Port Brewing/Lost Abbey San Marcos. Pours a cloudy Golden blonde. Aroma of sweet belgian yeast. Sweet flavors of citrus. Palate is smooth and sweet. A very good Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2008
750mL bottle, first bottling. Poured clear, brighter golden with a tall, fluffy cap of white head.. subtle rising carbonation. The aroma was spicy, funky, and dusty, all elements that I want out of my saisons.. lemon and orange zest, coriander, and black pepper jump out with a earthy notes, caramel sweetness, and fresh bread.. delicately balanced and well-presented. The flavor focused on its spicy aspects, with ginger, black pepper, and grains of paradise leading the way.. dry caramel and pale malts provided a fine support structure.. finished with black pepper, orange peel, and ginger accompanied by mild warmth. Medium-bodied with high carbonation on the palate, giving a creamy feel.. the spices were plentiful, but no one stood out and repressed the others.. nice balance.. refreshing. Excellent brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2008
From a growler purchased at the brewery. Pours a cloudy yellowy-orange color. It kind of looks like watered down orange juice, but then again many great saisons do! The aroma is a fantastic combination of orange peel, ginger and a hint of pepper. The flavor is much the same packed in a smooth medium-bodied mouthfeel. I could drink this all summer! This is a very original example of the style!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2008
750 m; bottle. Poured golden and cloudy with a slight head. Had a mildly complex nose with belgian hops and spices. Followed with similar tastes.Very nice mouthful and good drinkability. Typically I don’t prefer the saisons, but this one was one of my favorites, a real quality beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Thanks to my bro for sharing this one. Pours a cloudy gold color with thick frothy white head that fades leaving a good bit of lacing. Aroma is of clove, coriander, lemon and light yeast esters. Taste is clove, coriander, lemon, light saison yeast funkiness and other Belgian spice. This is a like a tripel and a Belgian wit blended together with a bit of that yeasty funkiness. Good stuff.

   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.

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