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RATINGS: 950   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2007
750ml corked bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow with a huge white head and monstrous lace. Looks saisony. Obnoxious bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Beautiful saison smell: vanilla, spices, pepper, slightly funky, tart and sweet. Taste is quite peppery and citrusy. Zingy(?) but smooth. Quite easy to drink and nicely balanced. I see they use black pepper in this. That is very apparent. Don’t know if it can hold up the best Belgians in the style but definitely the best American Saison I’ve had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2842) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
Bu au Mondial 07. Blonde peu brumeuse, moyen collet. Arome d’herbe malté agréable. Goûtgoût d’herbe végétale malté intéressant, avec un certain zeste fruité délicieux.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2007
750ml - thanks Foolish_Mortal - Aroma of bready yeast, orange zest, spicy incense like aroma of ginger and pepper. Pours transparent gold with a medium head and great lacing. Flavor is snappy spice and tart citrus. Yeasty finish smooths it out. Palate is crisp and tart. Before I read the description, I was going to say that this was a tame version of SPF45, interesting. A good American saison but I perfer the old world funk to the intense spice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Pours a hazy orange almost gold look with a bubbly white head that didnt last. Smells of oranges, hops, spice, lemons, and sweet light malt. Alot going on. Taste was mostly sweet malt with hints of citrus flavors, hops, and spice. Very refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Pours a hazy almost opaque orange with lively carbonation and a fluffy lasting whte head, and nice lace. Aroma is spicy- coriander and orange zest dominant with a strong ginger presence as well- light on the pepper, and a nice straight siason yeasty character. Light peppery flavor, lots of wheat and full malt backround with more orange and ginger, and finishes with a nice dry citrusy bitterness. Very soft carbonation in the mouthfeel and a very nice aftertaste. Very well made spiced saison.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Draft- a nice saison. Clean looking, yellowish/brown in appearance, cherries, bananas, bread in the aroma/ Correander big time. not in your face flavor, some wild yeastiness, but not as much as I was hoping. Not my favorite style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5763) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2007
25 oz bottle, via moejuck. Pours a hazy dark gold colored body with some very fine floaties mixing about under a large fluffy and foamy white head that showed typical Saison-like retention. Nose is quite spicy with lots of fruity esters, grassy hay, ginger, coriander, and yeast. Flavor follows aroma quite exactly, though I must say, this did seem quite a bit less heavy-handed on the spicing in the flavor than the SPF 45 I had not long ago. Finish is quite crisp and refreshing with a nice peppery kick. Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and lively that lends a nice crispness in the finish. Slightly better than the bottle of SPF 45 I had, lending me to think good things about where this brewery is going with the new facility versus the old.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Pours a dirty straw-golden color. Aromas of yeast, flowers, and cheese. Promising. Flavor is almost a salty tripel malt flavor, very dy, poky bitterness (from the pepper maybe), lightly spicy in the finish, and very creamy. Good stuff, but perhaps it was too spicy.

Tried this a second time and sure enough, this beer suffered a bit by being near the end of a session. I thought it was all bitter spice, but there’s a nice dough sweetness in the aroma and flavor, it’s got a chewy body, and wonderfully funky and seasoned. There was something to the aroma that seemed a bit odd, but other than that, this is great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours hazy golden with a large white head. Aroma of spices, citrus, and fruit. The flavor is spices, citrus, honey, clove, and finishes mildly bitter. Good brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Aroma of malts and pear and citrus. Pours an opaque light brown. Nice thick head with good lacing. Reminiscent of a hefeweizen with a light clove element intertwined with honey. Fairly sweet and moderately hopped for West Coast beer. Good mouthfeel.


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