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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
acearl (474) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Ole 750mlíer...Yellow amber hue with creamy off white lasting head with excellent lacing, smells of spiced orange peels a little like a light mulled spiced cider, hints of black pepper and ginger which are also evidenced in the subtle aftertaste. Mild carbonation, flavor stays lasts briefly particularly in the back of the tongue and roof of mouth(grains.) Zesty and spicey but also smooth and refreshing. End of summer to start of fall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Bottle shared with Your Dark Lord and Landseer. Pours a pale orange with a white head. Aroma of apple, spice, pear, and yeast. Subtle amount of sweetness with flavors of coriander, clove, belgian wheat malt, pepper, and citrus. Finish is yeasty and dry. I enjoyed this more than the Avante Garde, but I liked the SPF 45 better. Iíd be curious to know if the recipe has changed.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Hazy orange with a small white head. Funky aroma of spices, lemon zest, yeast, browned butter. The flavor was akin to a ginger ale. Donít see this as a new incarnation of Pizza Portís SPF 45. I liked that one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 A mildly spiced beer. Drinkable, and well done in the Belgian tradition for an American brewer. Summer quencher, to be sure. I like to see more yeasty funky character in a Saison but thatís just me. Too much ginger for me in recent samples.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5959) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Poured a hazy, orange gold color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of coriander, ginger, lemongrass, citrus fruits, bread, and honey, with a bit of toffee as well. Taste of more ginger, coriander, white pepper, wheat, lemon, citrus fruits, honey, and a dry, yeasty finish. No alcohol at all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1019) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2007
bottle. lots of foam, like 1.5 inches. pretty heavily carbonated. smells spicy and funky, bready. pretty good, not overly spicy, a bit honeyed. unexceptional, but pretty drinkable. i like how mild it is; lots of times the pepper and grains of paradise can be overwhelming. the ginger complement is perfect, too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 30, 2007
A very satisfying spiced saison ale here. Wonderful pepperish aroma and nice cloudy blond appearance. Taste runs a bit on the syrupy overdone side, but still stays true enough to the idea of a thirst-quenching beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2007
BCTC 2007 & then again @ BeerBistro, Toronto Canada. In my top 3 @ BCTC. Delicious Saison.Sweet, spicy, peppery, citrusy. Up there with Southampton Saison Deluxe. Loved it

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
On tap at The Local, Downtown SD CA. Golden color with some nice spiciness. Flavor is sweet citursy and wheaty very smooth and drinkable. Quite possible the best summer beer in SD, and Iím seeing everywhere these days! Horraay!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Bottle from Boutip. Thanks Phil! Pours a hazy peach golden with nice lacing. Nose is heavy with spices--coriander, clove, grains of paradise. No funk. Flavor is more spices, wheat, slight hops and citrus. Mouthfeel is light and easy to drink. Alcohol not detected. A nice summer brew.


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