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RATINGS: 954   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 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 (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
Draft at OíBrienís. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, jerc, mabel, mds and tupalev - my bottle via trade with DarkElf - DarkElf+ Fest í07!!. Slightly hazy yellow, smallish whiite head. Funky yeasty aroma, slightly peppery, sweetish malt. Solid saison aroma, sweet light fruit malt, heavy pungent spice and yeast. Thickish body, astringent, mild carbonation, bitter spicy finish - solid saison!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9253) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2007
Clear orange-gold with a good white head, leaving lace. Very special nose, with spices, citrus and roasted pigskin, toasted malts, and an impression of white candi sugar. In the taste thereís no mistaking the Grains of Paradise flavour, as well as the orangepeel. Again toasted malts, cookies. And yes, Tomme, it does taste Dupont-like enough. With a dash of Van Steenberge, if I might add - did you add much white candi sugar? The pepper is traceable as well, but more in the MF. Medium bodied, slick, gristfilled, pretty dry. Ah. So the SPF 45 was also a Dupont lal? Well, I think this one comes closer. Good one, thanks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - APR 11, 2007
Pours with a slight haze, color is apricot gold. Tastes of cinnamon and other spices. Reminds me of homemade apple cider.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2007
Pours a cloudy orange, with a thick lacey white head. Smells of spices, citrus, cinnamon, and a little nutmeg in their as well. Taste consists of many different spices, coriander, nutmeg, and some orange peel as well. Pretty refreshing. The aftertaste has some pretty big cinnamon characters. A tad bitter, but nothing offensive. Pretty good saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Doughy and corriander smell. Light and hazy unfiltered color. Easy to drink. A great great everyday beer, but probably a little expensive for everyday. Tried at Port Brewing companyís tasting room. Itís the corriander that throws people off at first, but Iíve learned to love corriander in beer, because it adds a crisp cleaness that makes it easy to drink. Rerate: Itís not corriander, but orange peel and some other stuff. 8,4,8,4,18=4.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle from Pizza Port, Solana Beach. Hazy, dark yellow with meringue like head. Stunning looks. The aroma is quite funny. Bakers yeast, apples and a spice that I cannot name. Taking a sip.... Ah... there it was. Ginger! The flavor is peppery and spicy and finishes bittersweet like a tripel. Very smooth mouth feel. A very nice and solid beer, but I prefer my saisons drier and less spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5534) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Yet another thanks to Beerdrenched for another winner of a beer. Pours hazy orange / copper with a small, but sturdy, white head. The aroma has sharp grainy spice, anise, coriander and seltzer. Medium body and grainy mouthfeel that is crisp with light carbonation on the finish. The flavor starts out grainy and spicy (coriander and pepper) and mellow malt that is there seemingly just for balance. The finish has more sourness and spiciness - a bit stalky and grassy. A nice saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2007
A nice color, with an ok head. It has some spice to it, but its somewhat subdued, Some yeast, light grass, easy drinking, a good brew, but could be better, would have liked it abit more funky, still good though!

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