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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 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Body is a foggy amber with a thin white head. Aroma has a light hop forefront, with white pepper, lemon zest, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste has plenty of citrus, and still getting the peppery taste along with a hop background which is presented nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Pours a cloudy orange gold with a large white head. Lots of lace on the glass. Aroma has notes of orange, a bit of pepper, and ginger. Ginger not as prevalent in the flavor, until the finish where it comes to the forefront. Very nicely balanced beer, I’d like it even better with a some of that sour funk that pops up in saisons now and again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Nice-looking brew: cloudy orange body with a lacy head...strong, full aroma, filled with sweet oranges, ginger and other warming spices. Its very good: the flavor is also just as full as the aroma, with similar tastes as the aroma has in it. The ginger really stands out. Pleasantly bitter yet malty and slightly sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Thanks to realale420 for this - pours a cloudy orange with a foamy head - the ginger and orange peel are really evident in the aroma, plus some light grain and mustiness - nicely bittered up front, along with some evident pilsner malt - ginger is the most prominent spice, and it compliments the honey sweetness and citrus fruit flavors - nice hoppiness throughout - light bready flavors and some floral notes finish things off - nicely balanced and tasty - I heard this was the same recipe as SPF 45, but I like this one much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (4422) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Pours bright gold into a tulip. Bright white micro head conglomerates on the surface. Spicy aroma. Crisp with caramel, honey and a lasting Belgian hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
After consuming the Avant Garde, I was really hoping this wouldn’t fail to deliver and it didn’t. The pour is a light copper color, hazy with an excellent head. Aroma was lemony, black pepper, cloves. The taste was equally as good with banana, citrus, cloves, some yeast and a nice balance overall. While saison’s might not be my favorite style, this is a fine example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle from City Beer in SF. A hazed golden color with a creamy foamy white head. Some barnyard hay joins the citrus and orange peel with banana and pepper at the finish. The spices are light but add a nice complexity to a smooth light malt, wet, and floral finish. This is a sweet beer that doesn’t feel or taste sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2006
The beer pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. As the head falls it forms a varied, crag marred surface and even leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of my tulip glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, amber tinged, copper color. the aroma is nice and spicy, but thankfully in a non-descript way. More correctly, it has lots of spiciness to it, but nothing that immediately jumps out at me. There is also a nice, almost green, fruitiness here; it reminds of a vinous notes leaning towards white wine grapes (or more specifically chardonnay leaning towards sauvignon blanc). In trying to pick out the spice components, I get aromatic hints of black pepper, some spicy ginger, a touch of clove, some citrusy lemon notes and hints of floral character like lavender & wild flowers. The aroma smells quite dry, a touch of malt is here though in the form of a bready / biscuit note that is noticeable if you dig for it.

The taste is lightly malty up front (just a hint of sweet malt grain), it quickly becomes a touch tart, which accentuates some light citrus notes. The beer has a spicy finish that even takes on a touch of a tannic backbone. Ginger is definitely noticeable in the flavor, though it is still light enough to not in any way overwhelm the flavor profile. Looking at the description, I see that this beer does indeed contain ginger and citrus (in the form of orange peel), though I will admit that the ginger and grains of paradise are not as noticeable. This is nice and light on the tongue, yet is not light on the palate in the sense that many spicy flavors linger on in the mouth. A fruitiness is here in the flavor as well, nothing too specific, but I get hints of green grapes, and even more exotic things like kiwi and star fruit. The ginger in the finish gives this a twang that is almost tart, but it is also what leaves that astringent tannic quality. This beer actually has a fair amount of sweetness to it, it is just that the spices are at, such a level that I did not notice it at first. Both the ginger and the orange, in the end, are accentuated by the sweetness, and when combined with the other sharp notes tend to mask the sweetness.

I just poured the second glass, adding a touch of yeast from the bottom, and the beer picks up some softer notes, almost creamy actually and perhaps even a hint of something like vanilla. In the end this is a Saison that needs the more noticeably spicing. Without it this would be a bit too sweet and cloying for a Saison. As it is though, the more noticeable notes of spicing help the malt sweetness along. Definitely an enjoyable beer, though I wonder what the yeast spicy notes are like underneath the more obvious spice character.

Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Pours a slightly hazed pale gold color w/ a full semi creamy froth. Aroma of spicey clove and herbs. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors of malted banana spice and citrus bursts through and steals the show. Encore w/ clove, nutmeg, corriander, citrus rind, w/ a pinch of leather. The brisk mouthfeel appeals to me. Finish is long w/ a strong peach pit bttering. Overall: A little strong on the spice, otherwise good balance. Fits in w/ the holiday flavors. A bigger malt profile emerges as the brew warms adding more appeal, turning to sweet asprin on the finish. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (534) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Via growler from the source. Delicious. Foggy, smelly, peppery and just what I was looking for. Saisons can be great, they can be "mm hmm" and they can be outstanding. Depends on what part of the globe you’re on when weighing these very articulate idealisms. This meets my criteria and more. Outside of the Angel’s Share, which is just astronomically beautiful, this is my favorite of the Lost Abbey team. It just feels, looks and tastes RIGHT.

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