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

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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Cloudy pale peach-gold pour with a 2 finger, super creamy off white head. Aroma is loaded with sweet stone fruit, citrus and sweet floral notes, light dusty sweet grain, a touch of pineapple and sharp fruity esters. Flavor is light toast, sweet cereal and seedy notes up front, followed by doughy yeast, sharp citrus and stone fruits, spicy hop notes, pepper, a little too much booziness and slightly bitter lemon-lime finish. Medium body with a slightly chalky, but lightly syrupy feel. Good stuff.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2467) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 20, 2016
Draught @ Mikkeller Bangkok. Hazy bright yellow with large foamy whitish head, lemon flower aroma, medium carbonation, lightly citrusy faintly bitter taste, thin body, medium bitter finish. Very tasty and refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
geologyguy (1377) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2016
Light smell with some complexity...taste is very good with malt and spices, perfect balance and medium boldnesss...but smooth as well. Lots going on...all positive :) just lacking a strong aroma

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2686) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2016
500ml bottle from the Golden Vineyard off-license, Greenwich. Golden colour with a thin white foam head and fragrant floral fruity apricot funky aroma. Taste is grains, tangy fruity, white wine, with some funky, yeasty notes and floral hop earthy bitterness. Foamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry tangy bitter finish. Quite drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodbod (223) - SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle from the Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer. Pours a slightly hazy pale gold, with a big fluffy white head. Nose is saison yeasty, spicy. The Sauvin hops dont really come through on the nose. Taste is fruity and yeasty, with a little spice in the finish. I think the fruitiness is more hop than yeast derived. Palate is light bodied despite the 7% ABV, with gentle carbonation, and an odd finish: nearly everything goes away quickly, except the yeastiness. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as its that lovely saison yeast. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (3400) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle from Rehills of Jesmond. Pours a slightly hazy straw colour with a big frothy white head. Aroma of hay, citrus and yeast. The taste has plenty of slightly peppery spice over earthy yeast flavours with hay and a little tropical fruit. Light and refreshing. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (657) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 9, 2016
Lovely looking, great aroma and a lovely set of tastes that wash over, from that earthy note, the the under bitterness and the sugariness from the malt. Lovely drinking a beer like this and pretending summer is coming....

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1333) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 30, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4. A hoppy saison indeed. The farmhouse works well with the typical grass of Sauvin. Lively carbonation on a sweet beer with a decent bitterness. Refreshingly light body, dry. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbonga (130) - - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle. Hazy gold. Lots of grape in the aroma with some peach and passionfruit. Earthy, winey taste. Plenty of funk and a great showcase for Nelson S hops. Nicely balanced between the yeast and hop flavours. Dry, peppery finish. Lovely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoponmate (213) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 26, 2016
500ml bottle. Pours a pale golden color partly cloudy with a frothy head. Tastes like what youd expect from a belgian beer with a slightly fruitier finish.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
explosivedog (490) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 22, 2016
Taster at Mikkeller Seoul. Very pale for a saison, and the sauvin hops dominate the aroma. The flavour is grassy and sweet, just like sauvin hops, but theres a good background of funkiness too. This is a really well thought out beer.

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