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RATINGS: 915   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8492) - 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 don’t think this one’s 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.

3.8
   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.

4
   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 can’t 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.

3.7
   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.

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 (1735) - 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.


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