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RATINGS: 982   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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3.4
rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2007
Hazy yellow honey hue, with a rocky white head, leaving laces, yeasty, fruity nose, of grapefruit, lemon, with a nice herbal, floral hop citrusy accent, a spicy honeyed aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a spritzy, yeasty, fruity, peachy, citrusy character, with a lemon flowery hop flavor, with a leafy accent, hint of pepper spiciness, leading towards a citrus, floral hop dry finish.

3.4
malrubius (2898) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 17, 2007
750 ml bottle in Gulden Draak tulip. Pours glear golden with large lasting white head. Aromas of honey yeast and slight alcohol. Flavors of sugary sweetness like marshmallows with slight hoppy spicy finish. Medium body. A little candy-sugar sweeter and less spicy and hoppy than I like a saison to be. But a good beer nonetheless.

3.3
sloth (2906) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Medium sized tan head with decent retention and lace. Murky amber brown hued brew. Nose is lightly spicey, ginger, cinnamon, light maltiness, caramel, bananna notes as well as some type of off aroma thats hard to describe, plasticy, some burnt wiring?? Not sure but it did take away from the nose somewhat. Body is medium, lightly creamy with good carbonation, decent. Lightly fruity flavors of over ripe banannas, a hint citrusy, peppery and spicey with a lightly sweet malt backing. Finish is almost dry and fruity. The Phenolic aroma and flavors were somewhat distracting though. Props to FlacoAlto and SDbruboy for hooking me up with bottles of this. .

3.8
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Draft at San Clemente Pizza Port. Aroma of yeast, wheat, spice, and some banana. Flavor was similar; better than other saisons because it is not as earthy.

3.4
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2007
On draft at PP San Clemente; found this very good for the style. Aroma of wheat, spice and fruit. Flavor was much of the same. Some nice spiciness; not a big fan of the style, but thought this was good.

3.8
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Pours a medium-gold with a fine white lasting head. Bright aromas of spice, wheat, fruity esters, and a touch of hops. The flavor is very reminiscent of classic saisons but with a little more of everything--more grain, more hops, more spice--except for fermentation characteristics, which are more subdued. Everything here is fresher tasting and more nimble on the palate. Light, crisp mouthfeel that still asserts itself as something serious. Certainly easygoing, but leaves you with more to think about--a great example of the style with new twists.

3.4
User37895 (3042) - - JUL 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Tasting courtesy, Slob. Pour was cloudy amber with reddish/orange type hues. Good initial head, fine lacing. The aroma was bananas, lots of phenolic and spicey character, yet the phenolic aspects carried with it either a fusel or chemical, almost plastic, or something off note with it, yet not displeasing, just off. The flavor was much the same, a spiced up hefeweizen almost, again, though, some sort of off spice or something under it all, not necessarily displeasing, yet I couldn’t place my tongue on it or tout it postively. Mouthfeel was typical for the style, amply carbonated with a malty backbone. Not a bad brew, and much thanks to Bert for this opportunity! Re-rate, 7/08 on a bottle that was about a year old: No off phenolic aspects, pretty nice Belgian-Ale to Saison cross with a definite bitter hop type finish. Spices had all settled and nearly diminished, traces of the grains of paradise noticeable, but that’s about it. Caramel was the malt feature flavor. Decent brew, rating stands.

3.5
Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Bottle: Poured a light beige color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of funky yeast with some nice spices and light ester. Taste is also dominated by some sweet fruit notes as well as some spices and the funky yeast. Average body with great carbonation. I thought it was a bit too sweet for my own palate but still enjoyable overall. Re-rate 2008 (fresh bottle 2007): Enjoyable saison with some fruity ester but lightly hops and still a bit too sweet. I still have a hard time understanding the big fuss over this one.

3.8
anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours a hazy orange color with a long lasting slightly off-white head. Sweet malty and spicy aroma with hints of citrus. Smoth malty spicy bitter flavor. Has a spicy and slightly bitter finish.

3.1
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
bottle at Port Brewing tasting at the Brickskeller. very cloudy gold. aroma is banana and cloves. is this a hefe?!? still a bit disoriented by the aroma, the flavor doesn’t stray far. medium body, sweet wheat character, spice is mild in the finish. supposedly a saison. it’s not bad, just unremarkable.


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