Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: Saison
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Saisons have been around for ages. Traditionally brewed by Belgian and French farmers to provide refreshment during harvest. Im guessing that flavour wasnt a main concern back then; the priority was to provide a beverage that was safe to drink, because water usually wasnt. Never the less, over time they developed a beverage chrarissed by beer geeks of the modern world. The alcohol content was low, so the workers could consume enough to keep hydrated and still perform their job: To load the barn with enough barley for next years brewing season. I bet these hardworking, humble farmers never imagined, that centuries later, their style of brewing would inspire brewers from all over the world. As all our beers, this is a very modern, you might say new world, interpretation of this style. Based on the tradition we have used a French Saison yeast, which provides a plethora of funky, earthy, very "Belgian" flavours. From there we have upped the ante a fair bit by doubling the amount of malt, and thereby the alcohol, and loaded the kettle with punchy Nelson Sauvin hops. Unlike the original, this is not a beer meant to be drunk by the gallon. Moderation is the key for full enjoyment of all great beers.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3481) - Edmonton, Alberta, - SEP 2, 2012
500ml brown bottle. Golden coloured brew, fairly clear. Head is white and foamy on first pour. It settles to a fine thin layer in the glass with mild lacing. Nose has light citrus and grass notes, light tropical fruitiness, trace yeast. Taste is grainy, peppery notes, grassy and lemony hops, dry white wine grapey notes. Aftertaste has dry grains, some earthiness and grass, modest bitterness. The body is medium, well carbonated. Retains a nice lightness but still has some complexity.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ghostbeer (202) - Nebraska, USA - APR 22, 2017
Very hazy and orange color. Smells like bad cheese rinds but certainly tastes better than the smell. Baffling, but probably better with food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dunklermessias (87) - GERMANY - APR 21, 2017
On tap at Lager Lager Berlin. Comes with a hayz yellow color and a nice white head.. The nose is pine, sweet fruits like peach or apricot, some grapes and belgian yeast. The taste follows the nose, but the fruits are sweeter than expected. Some floral and some herbs and a nice hops. At the palate some citrus. Nice and dry bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Unde (1007) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 14, 2017
Slightly hazy yellow beer with nice frothy head on top which leaves beautiful lacing to the sides of the glass. Aroma has Belgian yeast, spice notes, sweet fruits too. Taste is kinda basic saison, yeast dominates, sweet fruits. Medium body and highish carbonation. Wanted more Nelson Sauvin. Saison is hard to make distinguishable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1551) - Kiel, GERMANY - APR 1, 2017
Wilder Chinafooddryspiceman with Attitude. Es muffelt und schleckert aus allen Ecken. Der Trunk ist verheft, hocharomatisch und Sourdry. Hossa. Das erhoffte Feuerwerk zndet intensivst. Da bleibt kein Gemselover auf der Strecke 😉 Staudensellerie&Co. lassen gren. Breitwandig matschig und so hart am Saison Limit. Es stinkt 😀. 0,33/4. Buddel from BREWDOG Berlin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (1055) - West Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Wonderful aromas bursting of pine, fresh fruit, bubblegum, spices and some funk. Pours the typical hazy yellow color with a little bit of lacing left behind. The flavors were not as pronounced the aromas but good nonetheless. There is decently strong bitterness at the end with a relatively low carbonation. This is one of the best Saisons Ive had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1912) - HONG KONG - MAR 12, 2017

330 ml bottle bought at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place, Admiralty.

Looks: Translucent golden honey colour with a layer of dirt-like yeast sediments; One finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for 2 miutes; Excellent sticky lacing with very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet malt, with strong peaches, white grapes, dew melons, honey, strong floral, sugar and strong Bel yeast.

Taste: Medium sweet Pils malt, with light yellow fruits, white grapes, floral, sugar, light funk, strong spices, light biscuits, strong Bel yeast, lemon, medium bitter hops and grass.

Body: Medium body. Slick and quite creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Very good Pils maltyness in solid background, smooth and creamy. Good white grapes and flowery hops form NS. Medium sweetness with light funk and good spicyness. Strong Bel-yeasty with lemon to round. Very good!

Hoppiness: Strong peaches, white grapes, dew melons, honey and strong floral in nose. Yellow fruits, white grapes, floral, lemon, and grass in taste; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, high astringent bitter-sweet malty finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Fruity, spicy and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: Compares to Allendales Sauvin Saison, this ones NS hops is not as in-yer-face but still has very impressive viney, fruity aroma and taste. Added rich maltyness, strong carbo, and slighty funky but good spicy Bel yeast, and you have a very hoppy, tasty and fulfilling Saison. Love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (2076) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2017
500ml bottle pours a golden color with a bit of head. Fruity Belgian yeast flavors. Nice hop balance. Refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bosskie (855) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2017
Gold, opaque, weak white head. Smell is light citrus with subtle vanilla, resin, kiwi, pineapple and lychee. Tastebis watery bitter, very refreshing with a full astringent finish. Nice fizz, very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (2136) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2017
33cl bottle at home from Mitra, Maarssen. Nose is fruity, yeasty. Body is opalescent yellow, head is big, white, rocky, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits, honey, yeast, vegetables, grass, lanyard. Medium sweet, medium bitter, light fruity sour, light umami. Finish is medium lasting hoppy medium bitter, medium umami. Light body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Quite easy, weird, more hoppy then most saisons, nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (3276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Keg at Brewdog Shepherds Bush, London. A hazy golden coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Fruity, citrus, yeasty, tropical fruit aroma. Tastes fruity, citrus, yeasty, tropical fruit, some spice and slightly sweet. An elegant brew from this excellent brewery.

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