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RATINGS: 935   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2007
Very lightly hazy golden-yellow hue with a frothy stark white head. Aromas of banana, pineapple, black pepper, cloves, banana nut bread, very light funk, lemon zest and peaches. The aroma is light overall and perhaps a bit too clean for my taste. Light to medium sweetness at first with a semi-bright acidity. Somewhat dank toward the middle. More pepper starts to come through in the flavour as it warms. Fairly light bodied, slick texture, prickling carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 20, 2007
750 ml. brown Belgian style bottle. Corked & caged. No freshness date seen. Loud pop releases cork. Poured out a deep hazy orange color. Very carbonated. Huge head on this monster. Aromas are of spices, sweet malts, funky Belgian yeast, and earthy hops. Flavors are of spicy oranges, yeast, Belgian funk, sweet malts. Huge mouthfeel, thick & rich. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavors, but not when it hits you. Very good take on the style. I’m impressed from this being my first Lost Abbey beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3317) - Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy gold with a good head. The aroma is of lemon and bay leaf, a little hay malt. Fairly dry with an herbal/spicy flavor that’s quite nice. Pretty refreshing. The spices sound werid, but are balanced and very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2007
Hazy yellow honey hue, with a rocky white head, leaving laces, yeasty, fruity nose, of grapefruit, lemon, with a nice herbal, floral hop citrusy accent, a spicy honeyed aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a spritzy, yeasty, fruity, peachy, citrusy character, with a lemon flowery hop flavor, with a leafy accent, hint of pepper spiciness, leading towards a citrus, floral hop dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (2239) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 17, 2007
750 ml bottle in Gulden Draak tulip. Pours glear golden with large lasting white head. Aromas of honey yeast and slight alcohol. Flavors of sugary sweetness like marshmallows with slight hoppy spicy finish. Medium body. A little candy-sugar sweeter and less spicy and hoppy than I like a saison to be. But a good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2687) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Medium sized tan head with decent retention and lace. Murky amber brown hued brew. Nose is lightly spicey, ginger, cinnamon, light maltiness, caramel, bananna notes as well as some type of off aroma thats hard to describe, plasticy, some burnt wiring?? Not sure but it did take away from the nose somewhat. Body is medium, lightly creamy with good carbonation, decent. Lightly fruity flavors of over ripe banannas, a hint citrusy, peppery and spicey with a lightly sweet malt backing. Finish is almost dry and fruity. The Phenolic aroma and flavors were somewhat distracting though. Props to FlacoAlto and SDbruboy for hooking me up with bottles of this. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Draft at San Clemente Pizza Port. Aroma of yeast, wheat, spice, and some banana. Flavor was similar; better than other saisons because it is not as earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3433) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2007
On draft at PP San Clemente; found this very good for the style. Aroma of wheat, spice and fruit. Flavor was much of the same. Some nice spiciness; not a big fan of the style, but thought this was good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Pours a medium-gold with a fine white lasting head. Bright aromas of spice, wheat, fruity esters, and a touch of hops. The flavor is very reminiscent of classic saisons but with a little more of everything--more grain, more hops, more spice--except for fermentation characteristics, which are more subdued. Everything here is fresher tasting and more nimble on the palate. Light, crisp mouthfeel that still asserts itself as something serious. Certainly easygoing, but leaves you with more to think about--a great example of the style with new twists.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Tasting courtesy, Slob. Pour was cloudy amber with reddish/orange type hues. Good initial head, fine lacing. The aroma was bananas, lots of phenolic and spicey character, yet the phenolic aspects carried with it either a fusel or chemical, almost plastic, or something off note with it, yet not displeasing, just off. The flavor was much the same, a spiced up hefeweizen almost, again, though, some sort of off spice or something under it all, not necessarily displeasing, yet I couldn’t place my tongue on it or tout it postively. Mouthfeel was typical for the style, amply carbonated with a malty backbone. Not a bad brew, and much thanks to Bert for this opportunity! Re-rate, 7/08 on a bottle that was about a year old: No off phenolic aspects, pretty nice Belgian-Ale to Saison cross with a definite bitter hop type finish. Spices had all settled and nearly diminished, traces of the grains of paradise noticeable, but that’s about it. Caramel was the malt feature flavor. Decent brew, rating stands.

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