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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a thick, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is citrus, yeast, and a bit of spice. Flavor is initially a bit sweet with malt, citrus, and what tasted like cardomom to me. Some mild hops bitterness at the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Sampled at Columbus Tasting. Poured orange gold, slightly cloudy. Very little head and lacing. Taste of citrus. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (970) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Received in a trade from BA Dogfoodog, this Lost Abbey brown bomber was caged, corked, and had a painting of a red barn basking in a sunny summer day. The beer came out peach colored, and very cloudy, and the head atop it was craggy and durable. The smell was light and floral, and not a lot of spices were detected in the nose. Typical of the American versions of the style, earthy yeastiness was mostly absent as well. Taste was sweeter than most authentic Belgian Saisons, with floral and herbal flavors from the added ingredients attempting to balance things out. Delicious overall, but had they used a strain of yeast that ate up more of the residual sugars and dried the flavor up more, this would have been a lot more refreshing. I am thinking this beer is more of appropriate for fall than summer. Thicker than anticipated mouthfeel and carbonation was medium at best. A very charming, but off the style Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy/murky gold, fine white head. Nose is yeast, clove, earthy spices (I canít place), bananna. Flavor is sweetness, yeast, clove, earthy must, lemon. Bitter hops in the finish. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle from the brewery. Wheat and grass like aroma with a definite presence of dry, malty notes. Very clear, golden color witha large, thick white head that lingers and has lots of lacing. Sweet, wheaty flavor with just the slighest note of hop coming through to balance the beer. Notes of all psice and oranges (or some other faint citrus) presents itself on the backend of the flavor making for a very nice combination! Dry, but very smooth mouthfeel that compliments that flavor of the beer perfectly!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2635) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Thanks to KAME....think it was him....for this brew. Pours out a nice slightly hazy orange color with a medium sized fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrus, yeast and some spice. Taste is complex and light. Tart citrus with some notes of ginger, slight yeast and some other spice that was subtle here and there. Other earthy notes including a slight touch of fruit and pepper on the finish. Solid beer from a great brewery

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2007
750mL caged and corked from dhlesq, no date. Pours a hazy orange yellow with a two finger slooowly fading slightly yellow white head. Aroma of citrus, coriander, ginger, spicy pepper, dusty hops, and the slightest hint of New Belgiumís house yeast which Iím not a huge fan of, but itís not bad here. Taste has a bit more hoppy bitterness than Iíd have thought. Spices and perfume seem a bit stronger in the taste as well, otherwise as expected from the aroma. Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11901) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Aroma of citrus and yeast - but light. Hazy peach color with a fantastically frothy white head. Instant hint of spice that includes ginger, a bit of orange. Itís got excellent mouth feel. Not high IBU, Iíd say, but the bitterness is enough to balance the mild malt. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2007
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy burnt orange body with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of mustiness, orange peel, banana, and clove. Flavor of spicy yeast, orange peel, and malt. One excellent saison!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Pours cloudy golden in color. Huge fluffy white head, nice peaks. Nice sweet, fruity, musty aroma. Smells great. Taste is fruity, lemons, oranges, very peppy and some yeast. The pepper seems to linger. Finish is pepper and some yeast, cloves and banana. Decent, I was hoping this would be as good as SPF 45, but I didnít think so.

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