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RATINGS: 944   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 3/24/2007 , 750ml, from first batch, probably aged 8 months or so. pours clear orange-golden color with fluffy white head. nose really reminds me of SPF 45, lots of ginger, pretty funky, flowers, citrus, yeast, coriander, possibly some phenols, and butter. flavor has pepper and citrus notes, soft toffee, yeast, and buttery. itís a tasty saison more on the flowery and buttery side than crisp and funky (which i prefer).3.7.

Jan2008, 750ml bottle, bottle approximately 1/07 or the end of 2006, making this bottle roughly a year old. cellar aged. pours hazy golden with creamy white head. aroma is very herbal, almost vitamins, lots of ginger and citrus. flavor is ginger, citrusy, earthy, dry, with a slight pepper towards the end. finishes very smooth and clean. very thirst quenching. I wouldnít say this got better or worse but it seems to have mellowed a bit and nothing seems out of place or balance. really tasty saison and one of the best American ones.3.8.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Bottle from CQuiroga... and Degarth... and cbkschubert. Damn, people canít stop sending this to me! So Iíve got two more bottles that will probably see 2-5 years each. Hell, I mean, itís not that great fresh. I am surprised Iím not liking this more, since cquiroga told me after my drinking an absolutely steller PP SPF 45 (2 years old) that this was pretty much the same recipe. Not even close, AFAIC.

Aroma has good complexity, but is very mild, even after being swirled in my duvel tulip. Black pepper and flowers come through, a top significant alcohol burn. A bit of ginger, too. The flavor is maybe not even as (not) good, with a decent floralness but really it is sitting upon a dull, typical amber body, albeit without the hops. Slight bitterness, and a funky finish, but this is very watery in general. Very dissappointed with this! Maybe the other bottles will be better. Thanks to all who sent it to me; the other bottles will have a comfy place in my cellar for a good while ;)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours out in a hazy dark golden colour with a rich white head. Musty aroma of butter, old cheese, orange-peels an sugar. Smooth flavour of oranges, black pepper and thyme with undertones of yeast and hay. Rather mild and sweet finish of oranges, herbs and cinnamon with a dryich undertone of wet grass.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle. Hazy golden coloured with a rather large white head. Malty with notes of grass, spices and fruit. A somewhat dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2007
750 from HiTime. A beautiful cloudy amber brew with a nice fluffy head, this is a nicely spiced farmhouse. Itís not one of the drier saisons out there, but it does have a nice balance of citrus tang with a slight peppery bite. Very drinkable, with a lively mouthfeel. If this were easier for me to get, Iíd drink it all the time.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (22732) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2007
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Hazy amber. Buttery malt aroma. Sweetish with soft, relaxed malt character with some careful grassy hops on top of it. Medium bodied Mild and pleasant. A good, unassaulting beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Beer pours hazy apricot color with a nice thick egg white head that is totally retained. Aroma is quite earthy/yeasty with light spiciness, also just a hint of dustiness. Flavor is right on with big earthy yeasty flavor, a bit of green grass, and a wonderful bone dry finish that finishes with a light tartness. Carbonation is soft and lively, very nice palate especially for an American beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (33428) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2007
Bottled. An unclear orange beer with a lazing orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with a dusty barnyard note. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of fruit - especially peaces, combined with notes of spices, leading to a dry spicy end.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2007
Bottle. Hazy golden colour with a big white head. Light spicy, grassy, malty, light fruity aroma and taste. Medium body with a light dry finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Very unclear yellowish golden with an off-white head. Aroma of yeast and spices - chamomile? Medium body, starts with some malt sweetness which is quickly relieved by a dry, somewhat chemical bitterness with some phenols. Spicy flavours - perhaps a whiff of ginger. Very bitter finish. Iím not sure I understand the hype surrounding Saisons. Courtesy of sk8viking. 080307


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