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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (931) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2007
A great session beer, Ive had it on draft at the brewery and in bottle now. Pours a hazy light gold color with a medium white head. Spicy and fruity aroma of poached pear, ginger and orange. Flavor is sweet at first, that fades with notes of light malts, lots of yeast, and a slightly peppery bitter hops finish. Crisp and refreshing palate with lively carbonation, a good Saison worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Previously SPF 45...A nice beer from Port...had this on draft at Hamilton’s and in bottle. Interesting palate of spices, hops, and belgian yeast... all combine for a medium bodied, hazy golden colored, nice thirst quencher . . . a good saison for sure . . . Lost Abbey’s recent batch deserves a re-rate. Quote Tomme: "It’s been a work in progress, but I think we finally have what we’ve been looking for." I think he’s right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2007
[268-20070413] Bottle (c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, jerc, mds, tupalev). Hoppy citrus aroma mixed with a heavy crusted grain. Hazy, light orange brown body with a creamy bubbly white head. Hoppy flavour brings out apple and citrus grapefruit and light spices. Medium body. Nice hoppy beer with an interesting spicy bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 24, 2007
ok, im going to start this rating by saying this is the best Saison made in america hands down! lightly cloudy orange with a small soapy white head. nose is lightly funky, citrus with a little pepper. Pretty much what i was expecting here. flavors show the citric notes of the orange peal and the funky yeast with tons of spice. nice spiced floral saison here with tons of great character. woody dryness on the finish is definately a bonus. very well integrated and definately worth a try for sasion lovers out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2007
Bottle thanks to some really awesome person I traded with! (I should start writing this stuff down somewhere). Pours a cloudy golden color with a soft white head. Aroma of yeast and lots of pepper. Flavors of orange, pepper, yeast, and banana. Very typical saison and very drinkable but nothing too outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 Hazy golden pour with a big frothy head. Aroma is yeasty with some earthy grains, citrus, and spices. Taste is smooth and pleasant with the grainy-citrus flavors dominating. Good showing by the hops with a clean finish. Good Saison - I’m just happy as hell I can get these lost Abbey Beers in PA along with PP IPA & Older Viscosity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6007) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, jerc, mabel, mds & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy yellow-gold with an average size white head. Aroma’s yeasty along with juicy malt, citrus, spices, grain and hops. Flavour follows the aroma: yeasty, malty and spicy along with some grain and hops. Medium bodied. A nice Saison and a pretty good version of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
On tap at O’Briens. Draft a hazy orange with no head. Smells of cloves, spices, and citrus. Tastes like a clove cigarrette smells. Hard to get used to at first but by the third sip, I started to enjoy the herbal flavor. Very interesting style. I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (2999) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2011 (Bottle) Pours a bit hazy, light amber. Spicy light fruity aroma with mostly orange, orange peel, all spice and black pepper. Smaller, more subtle spicy notes of clove, nutmeg, coriander and bay leaf. Maybe some other citrus tones as well. Spices and oranges in the flavour along with some sour berries and other subtle citric fruits. The spices are basically the same in the flavour as in the aroma. Light acid and a bit dry finish. Medium body.Second try: (Bottle) Pours golden with a large off-white head. The aroma is mild ginger spicy and yellow fruity (canned pineapple and yellow apples) up front with undertones of oranges, white bread, perfume and light noble hops. The flavor is light sweet to dry, medium bitter and light acidic. Citric, spicy and bready. The mouthfeel is tart and crisp with a medium to full carbonation. Surprisingly hop bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2912) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, Jerc, Mds, and Mabel, Harry’s bottle. Yeasty aroma, light malt, dusty. Medium hazy yellow, small white head. Spicy, yeasty, dry malt taste. Really complex . Seems right on style. Very good.

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