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RATINGS: 978   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
In short: True classic-style yeasty Saison on the funky side.
How: 750ml Bottle, about 6 months old
The look: Cloudy dark-yellow body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is citrusy, country field, floral spices. Body is fluffy with a lively carbonation. Citrus fruits skin are peaches are some of the fruity notes. Well malted yet very discreet malt profile of dry wheat/cereals. That leaves all the room for the wonderful lively yeast which is the real star here. Unmistakably Saison. Every bit as alive (borderline funky) as classic Belgian Saisons (Dupont, Blaugies, Fantme, etc.). Soft and deceivingly complex. Could be because of the Red Barn name but I really got a barnyard impression when drinking it. It may just be because Im easily influenced though, I also think my cloths smell like a Fresh Tidal Wave after I wash them with my new detergent.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
The beer pours a hazy orange with hints of copper, the 750ml bottle is corked and caged with the head is portly and off white in color, the texture creamy, as it fades to nothingness, the lace provides a concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is rich in spices, hints of peach, nice malt backing, crisp and fresh to the nose. Start is sweet and malty; the top is moderate in feel. Finish has a nice moderate acidity, hops are present and the fruity sweetness combines with the dry aftertaste, a great series of beers this "Lost Abbey.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 Bottle. My first Lost Abbey offering.

This is an exquisitely crafted beer. Sparkling gold with a vast and lovely near-white head. Yeasty aroma of banana and spices, rich mellow flavor, full and smooth, sweet malt atop orange peel and ginger. Fresh out of the fridge, its very good; as it warms to near room temperature it improves even more.

Exquisitely crafted and yet not quite to my taste, especially for the style. For my personal preferences its too sweet, too clove-and-banana, too buttery. It lacks the sort of rich funky house character of the best Belgian saisons, and lacks the bitter edge with which they close. Still, I can hardly fault the brewery for not catering to my personal idiosyncrasies. No question that this is a superb beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2007
From a 750-ML bottle--poured a rich golden-copper body with an enormous fuzzy white head. Nose of yeast and piny hop resins. Floral and funky. Spicy and biting. Definite West Coast Belgian appeal to this not so balanced but extremely flavorful brew,

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Burnished gold with some orange, slightly hazy, spritzy but tight foam; very herbaceous aroma and flavor on a bone dry, all most powdery frame. spices are very forward yet at the very least complimentary, they are a bit overwhelming though on top of the nearly sugar free malt base. Maybe some age will stitch this into a beauty, if some sweetness is eventually revealed to balance...

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Rating #3800... Bottle... This beer rocks!... Cloudy golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. The fruity, breadsy aroma offers notes of fresh-baked, whole grain bread, ripe orange, peach and black pepper. The flavor is of sweet bread, biscuit and ripe fruit up front. Soft, peppery bitterness on the backside. Full-bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. Crisp, lightly spiced, mildly bitter finish. Another great brew from the folks at Lost Abbey!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2007
The beer pours a hazy orange with hints of copper, the 750ml bottle is corked and caged with the head is portly and off white in color, the texture creamy, as it fades to nothingness, the lace provides a concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is rich in spices, hints of peach, nice malt backing, crisp and fresh to the nose. Start is sweet and malty; the top is moderate in feel. Finish has a nice moderate acidity, hops are present and the fruity sweetness combines with the dry aftertaste, a great series of beers this "Lost Abbey.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
On tap at Port Brewing in San Marcos. Very Belgian beer, very spicy, dark yellow with very small head. Spices stay in your throat...interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Autumn gold color with light fluffy head that lingers. Aroma is spicy citrus, ginger and clove mixed with yeast. Taste is solid saison with citrus and grassy notes, along with spices and pepper. Great mouthfeel and lingering finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Pours a very light golden color with a huge, rocky white head that lasts the duration. Smell is yeasty. Lots of yeast and just a bit of funk. Taste is spicy, and peppery. Full and creamy on the mouthfeel. This is a decent brew. I was expecting more funkiness to it.


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