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RATINGS: 918   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IEBAILI (127) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Cork pops quite easily, lots of fluffy white foam that coats the glass with lacing as it slowly recedes; slightly hazy orange color. I can never find the right descriptors for the aroma of a saison, but Iíll try: smells slightly tart, a little pungent, a bit of honey sweetness, some soft, subtle spice, a little citrus fruit. Palate has some richness but also a lively carbonation. Taste is a little fruitier than the nose, the ginger comes out a little, the other spices are subdued, the finish is pretty long and both fruit and spice linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4961) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2007
This was good. I wasnít sure what it was while drinking it. Light, sweet hops in the aroma with citrus. Flavor has lemon, pine, and is fairly dry and moderately hopped. It is well hopped for the style, and seems to rely on hops rather than spices for flavor. Cloudy gold color. Thanks to Badgerben for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2007
(tasting at Brickskeller) light amber with off white head, terrific lace. Aromas of spice and yeast. Flavor is spice and yeast. Decent saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Nice golden amber color. The aroma is subtly spicy. Flavor follows similarly. Fairly dry, with just hint of sweetness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Standard yellowish-orange. Has a great ginger aroma but the taste is esters, esters, and more esters. Actually too many esters really. Aside from that you get all kinds of spices mixed in. I definitely tasted the ginger, the pepper, the grains of paradise, and the orange. Oh ... and did I mention the esters ....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
750mL bottle, Pizza Port / Port Brewing event at Brickskeller. Pours a hazy, yellowish orange color; fluffy, off-white head that coats the interior of the glass forever. Pleasant bready, estery aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: bread and esters upfront; nice chewy belgian profile with a very fluffy texture; creamy, vanilla-tinged saison. Lengthy, creamy and vanilla and biscuity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3540) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2007
751 ml bottle. Muted olive-gold with a whipped bone head. Leaves lace drifts. Yeasty lemon peel, honey, ginger and white pepper. More substantial than expected with tiny carb. Bitter orange, honeydew pith and a touch of lime. Starts like a saison and finishes dry, like a tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2007
750 ml bottle. Thanks to drewbeerme for this. Pours a orange cloudy color with a tall white head. Spicy nose corriander, yeast, a little funk. Citrus fruit flavors drying spice with hints of pine. Finishes dry and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2007
On tap @ the Liarsí Club - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. Nice lacing. Aroma and flavor is spice, yeast, and esters (banana). Smooth palate. Medium body. Tastes more like a Wit than a Saison. Still, a very nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2007
750ml bottle. Iíve been somehow meaning to drink this for a while and its been in my fridge for a long time. So here it is. Pours champagne yellow with a pinky width head, off white in color. Nose is decent, not bad but kinda empty. The taste is funky and spicy with a bit of orange peel and ginger. Its a nice saison a style I like but am unsure about sometimes.

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