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RATINGS: 918   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Pour is a matte melon orange with a nice thick layer of creamy white lace. Aroma is spicy with ginger, orange and pepper definitely apparent. Iím not sure what grains of paradise smells like so I canít identify that. Flavor is well blended with a body that is just prickly enough to be refreshing. Finishes long but clean. Definitely a thirst quencher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
From a caged corked 750 ml. bottle with a blurb on the back label, no bottling/freshness date, sampled at a cool cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Poured a slightly haze, clear towards the bottom of glass, bright reddish orangey golden with a fluffly, creamy white head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, small amount of laced sticking. Aromas of a light funky farmhouse yeast, ginger and honey, an orange fruitiness, spices, sugar and sweet malts, floral with a touch of herbs hops. Good, steady carbonation and a crisp, dryish, textured, velvety smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant saison taste, ginger, grains of paradise, a subtle pepper bite, sweet honey grainy malts, earthy, spicy, musty bread yeast, a soft orangey, lemon fruitiness, the alcohol is well masked for most part, but emerges as a spicy clear alcohol at the end, warming in the back of throat, herbal hops that have a soft, but lingering bitterness, and a dry grainy, yeasty, herbal finish. A very enjoyable saison from Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, an easy, smooth drinkability, tasty and balanced, well worth giving this a try if you like saison ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
Peach juice colored, fine microbubbles forming a tight weave of head that held on elegantly.
Some grass, hay/barnyard, bitter orange peel, coriander. Nothing overly original, but nothing out of place and simply well done.
Solid, solid body that hits you right from the start, only to give way to the spicy, bready yeast flavors in the middle, and cuts dry with a resinous hop finale. Carbonation is just the way I like it, vivid and tingly. Iím a sucker for Saisons, this one hit all the right buttons for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 My Bottom Line:
This intelligent Californian saison offers a seamless accoutrement of complex gingery, floral spicing, herbal hoppiness and heavy biscuity, bready maltiness. And a soft fluttering carries its intricacies beyond the tastebuds.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-I donít think this oneís as intensely perfumy as its ancestor, SPF 45.
-The delicate yet lively effervescence fits perfectly.
-Spicy dryness is foreshadowed by the aroma, and indeed closes each sip, a product of both hops and spices, surely.
-This is extremely well balanced; aroma-flavor-bitterness are all perfectly united.
-The maltiness is a tad too bulky for my tastes in the style.

Bottles; no date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle. Purchased at the brewery on 9/9/06. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with shades of light orange and a tall layer of fluffy white head. Yeasty aromas of banana rind mix nicely with freshly picked lavendar petals, oregano, and a rose stalk garden hoppiness. A gentle orange zest compliments a doughy malt base quite nicely, while the ginger and black pepper add of level of aromatic complexity that prove that less can be more. Medium bodied, milky mouthfeel with a soft carbonation. Loads of doughy malts fit perfectly with a bit of pithy orange and a tickle of black pepper spice. Lots of french herbs follow quickly, ending in a grassy hops, almost lactic yeasty smack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Bottle from secret santa. Dirty yellow with plenty of floaties. Very floral, yeasty aroma. Soft pale malt background. Initial pale malt in flavor, turns to lemon and orange citrus quick, again lots of floral I canít pinpoint individually. Very bready/yeasty/chewy. Residuel sweetness in aftertaste. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, just enough carbonation to clean the palate. Well done. Another underrated saison IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
very good saison. some good funk and some good spice to it. yeast, salmon, some pine, some pepper and lemon zest with a little orange peels. very very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Bottle shared at CT V. Aroma of sweetness, bananas, and also some funkiness. Flavor aws yeasty, alcohol, sweetness and some esters. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
C-bus tasting 5. Smells like a saison--is that too simplistic? Golden brown in color and a full body. Spices, earth, and yeast make up the flavor--which is smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Shared at Columbus Tasting V.Some nice sourness in the aroma.Pours a hazy gold with a white head.Has a musty malt flavor.Mouthfeel is thin with a yeasty finish.

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