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RATINGS: 911   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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


3.7
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours with an amber-orange body topped by a thick, off-white heas with lots of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and fruity/citrusy with a slight spicy bitterness and a little yeast. The flavor is slightly sweet with a noticable yeastiness and a little citrus. Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Cloudy, deep gold, with a white head. Aroma is yeast, spice, fruit, and is also floral. Flavor is fruit, yeast, spices, and a touch of honey. Thanks to sick_boy282 for this bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle shared at the Columbus Tasting V: Copper color with a white head. Aroma, funky, caramel, some floral notes, yeasty. Flavor, funky, some lemon, spice, a bit peaty. Pretty nice brew.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (975) - 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.

3.4
   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 can’t place), bananna. Flavor is sweetness, yeast, clove, earthy must, lemon. Bitter hops in the finish. Solid.


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