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RATINGS: 922   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 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 (6633) - 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 (3063) - 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 (3000) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle. Hazy golden yellow body with a small creamy white head. Pepper and illegible spice is first impression. Light hints of alcohol and lemon. Dry mildly alcoholic flavour, pepper. Pale malts. Average to medium palate is perfect for the beer. This is a very solid example of the style that would have probably stood out more on a night with fewer other great beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle sampled on 12/2/06: Pours a hazy golden bronze with a frothy, nicely lacing white head. Sweet, bready oake biscuity Belgian malt aroma has some earthy green Belgian hops. Body starts full, sweet and pale biscuity malty with a good floral hoppy earthy black pepper spice for balance and a drier yeasty finish. Good authenticity and drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Candied fruit and spice nose with touches of citrus and ginger. Nice rounded mouthfeel that shows pepper and herb nmotes coming thru. Mildy biscuity and lingering spice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2073) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
Draft at O’Brien’s. Lots of fragrant herbs and spices in this orange small-headed brew. Aromas of ginger, corriander, and mint. Flavors were similar but stronger. Very spicy flavor with a very nice malt base. A very very yummy beer.

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