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RATINGS: 944   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5691) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Thanks to awaisanen for the trade. Pours a hazy golden orange with a large frothy/rocky head that left lots of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma of various spices...ginger, orange, peppery with nice citrus notes and touches of floral honey. Heavy on the ginger...hard to cover that up though. Flavor of the same spices, spicy with nice hop bitterness, citrus notes, dry and bready. Spices a little more toned down in the flavor...but still fairly up front. Nice tasting and overall well made Saison. Spicy, dry and crisp with lots of various fruits and citrus like a nice Saison should.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle courtesy of naven cellared for ~10 months. A nice beer w/ a spicy finish, but I’m just not a big fan of the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 13, 2007
I think this may be one of my favourite saisons. Clean, refreshing, and everything I could want in a nice warm weather.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Beautiful opaque shade of golden yellow beneath a staying crown of off white foam. Aromas of apricots, lemons and lilacs. Unusually hoppy. The tangy ginger bite complements the quiet pit fruits perfectly on the tongue. Amiably floral. Aftertaste sours considerably with warmth, revealing a yeasty, lemongrass character. Golden palate for all seasons - refreshing, light, but robust. Subtle brilliance right here. Thanks John!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2007
750ml, corked bottle. Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a large sized white head. Aromas of lemons (lemon peels), pears, spices, and a little earthy. Tastes of citrus, fruity, spices and bready. Crisp and clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow-orange body with a small white soapy head. Aroma of fresh hops, tangerine, lemon, pears, and cookie dough sweetness. Cookiesh flavour with plentiful floral hop character. Sharp and refreshing and a bit doughy in the palate. Quite tasty.


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