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RATINGS: 975   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

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - JUL 19, 2008
Thanks to Hellbilly for the bottle. Cloudy golden honey color with decent head. Yeast, orange lemon honey, pepper and spice in aroma and tatste. Some peeper/spcie left on tongue in aftertaste. Soft mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Fresh but very mild aroma. Not terribly noticable. Just the style, I assume. Sweetness that develops into a strong black pepper taste. Very complex towards the end and mysterious. Not terribly easy to differentiate between flavors. Mild carbonation with very small bubbles. Taste on very tip of tongue. Don’t like the pepper taste at all. Don’t like this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 3, 2008
C&C 750. Hazy orange/gold with an off white head. Yeasty, dusty nose, spicy cardamom-like scents. Spicy flavors, ginger, yeast and dust - VERY drinkable. Dry, bitter white pepper twist in the finish. Yum!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (2017) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 2, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2011 JULY 2008 - Dirty blond color with nice head and lacing. Aroma of spice and fruit. Flavor was sweet with fruit, honey and some spice (maybe the Grains of Paradise or the Ginger) that I just didnt like with the fruity flavor at all. Feel free to stone me if you will, but I dont like it, really. RERATE OCT 2011 - Much better than the original 2.8 rating. Spicing level was much milder but extremely funky and peppery, which I like. Fruity and delicious. Wow, much different take this time!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2008
bottle. Clear bright yellow straw color. VERY impressive head- big but not a foam over, and tons of staying power and lace. Aromas of some dull barnyard funk and chunky grainy sweetness. Flavors of mellow spice and fruit. The ginger and grains of paradise come through without dominating the brew. Tart lemon orange flavor without the hop bite. Minimal bitterness. Some yeasty sharpness. Palate is a bit of a battle between crisp dryness and some oily sticky notes. Overall a very enjoyable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7411) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2008
Bouteille de 750ml, avec bouchon de lige, obtenue via Importations Prives Biropholie. Arme: Odeur dpices et de bonbon avec une pointe florale. Apparence: La couleur est orange voile avec une moyenne densit de bulle. Prsence dun moyen col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got dpices et dagrumes avec une pointe florale. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Prsence dpices en arrire got. (Rating #1755)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10451) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
Clear golden with large white head. Yeasty aroma with fruity and spicy notes. Sweet yeasty flavor with fruity, ginger and spicy notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Sampled at Tomm Arthur Brewmaster Dinner in Chandler AZ. Aroma of spices, citrus. Flavor is yeast, funk , spices, pepper. Pretty tasty farmhouse ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2008
750 cork and cage. Golden pour with a fine white head. Spiced and rather sweet aroma - the black pepper and ginger come through nicely. Had a degree of complexity beyond your average saison. Moderately sweet flavor with a strange bitterness in the finish. Like an overcooked pithiness. Clearly well brewed, but left something to be desired.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 75cl bottle. Clear deep gold-orange color with a big wispy and lacy head. Head sustains almost to the bottom. Potent and sweet aroma with nectar, orange marmalade, leather, and black pepper. Flavor is spicy, with ground pepper and zesty, earthy hops. Starts with a little citric sweetness, and finishes quite dry, with alcohol stripping the tongue along with a light citric astringency. Spicy pepper lingers in the back of your mouth. Medium-light body with smooth but tenacious carbonation. The dryness and spice makes it quite refreshing, but there is a tad too much pepper in the finish. Still quite good, but it would be one of my top beers if they toned this down a little.


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