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RATINGS: 957   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle: Bright straw, very hazy, large frothy white head, attractive lacing.   Somewhat tart nose, some sweet floral, tangy.   Bright on the tongue, mild tartness, subtle barnishness, flora, very slight alcohol accents.   Some herbish aspects as well.   Moderate to full bodied, smooth mouthfeel.   Somewhat bready finish, floral and herbish.   Not as dry nor tart as most others, but still quite enjoyable.   Thanks Tad for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011
Date: December 02, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: opaque orange, wispy white head, stripes of lace
Aroma: light sweet malt aroma with a hint of musty funkiness
Flavor: light dry malt flavor, lots of spiced character, lots of oak, touch of tartness

Date: April 03, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: roadtrip
Score: 3.4 to 3.7
Appearance: clear dark yellow
Aroma: sweet malt aroma with a nice fruity quality and light musty quality
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of spicy flavor with a musty bitterness, nice light fruity character adds a touch of balancing sweetness before being replaced with a bready yeast character, light lemony tartness combined with a black pepper bite like a lemon pepper flavoring, nice lingering spicy finish, adding some yeast kicks the citrus character up a notch and mellows the spicyness except for the black pepper that continues to be assertive

Date: April 05, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
continues to be mellow and musty, the bready character provides such a nice base, pepery character is less assertive and more in balance, more sweetness coming through to support the bready character,

Date: January 18, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
dry and spicy, nice mustyness with the spicyness, less of the breadyness, peppery character continues in the forefront,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2007
Aroma has pear, yeast and malt, some spices, colour is hazy pear, pours a big white head. Full malt flvour, pear, white grapefruit, lemon, yeast and various spice noted. Medium bodied, well balanced, what a fine tongue tingle. Terific!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Pours a hazy light orange color with a white head. Aroma is wheat, orange peel, some corriander, and ginger. Flavor is wheat, orange, pepper, spice, and a light lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Golden in color with a thin dissipating head. Spice and earthiness on the nose. Nice peppery and citrusy flavors with a fairly good length on the tongue. Lovely Saison style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2007
Pours a hazy orangey yellow color with a thin white head. Solid aroma of hay, spices, ginger, hops and fruits with a pleasant farmhouse character. The flavor is amazing and complex with its superb farmhouse character, hay, spices, ginger, hops and a bitter finish, also it is pleasantly dry.. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Pours a golden color with a small white head in the tulip. Not much lacing and the scent was funky with some barnyard like notes, gum, pepper and spice. The flavor was sublte with some hints of ginger, pepper, wheat, malt and dough coming through. I really donít care much for saisons, but this beer wasnít that bad for a style that I donít like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
acearl (497) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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