RATINGS: 977   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (6214) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (25619) - Malm, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 doesnt stray far. medium body, sweet wheat character, spice is mild in the finish. supposedly a saison. its not bad, just unremarkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2007
750 from Julios split two ways. Pours a hazy golden/light orange with a large long lasting frothy white head. Aroma is very spicy- ginger-coriander, citrus rind, pepper. Taste is nice with alot of citrus fruit, orange, lemon, with spices being less dominant but still very prevalent nonetheless. Finishes dry with citrus and spice notes. very enjoyable saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2007
sevenfitty shared with Brie... Saisons have quickly become my favorite summer beer. It was almost 100 degrees today in MA. This saison was poured into a tulip and smelled like citrus and grassy hops. The 6.7% is slightly present, but the flavor is mostly fruits and spice. This was heavy for the style yet extremly refreshing due to the acidic kick in the finish. Port brewing and Jolly Pumpkin have this style down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
Robe blonde trs claire surmonte dune mousse blanche paisse en dentelle. Armes de levures. Saveurs de levures, dalcool et de houblon amrisant rsineux.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Super fruity aroma. Pours hazy orange with a nice pillowy head. Flavor is orange, clove, banana, and spices. Some subtle spicy hops leak through. Pretty heavy and complex. A pleasant offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Cork pops quite easily, lots of fluffy white foam that coats the glass with lacing as it slowly recedes; slightly hazy orange color. I can never find the right descriptors for the aroma of a saison, but Ill try: smells slightly tart, a little pungent, a bit of honey sweetness, some soft, subtle spice, a little citrus fruit. Palate has some richness but also a lively carbonation. Taste is a little fruitier than the nose, the ginger comes out a little, the other spices are subdued, the finish is pretty long and both fruit and spice linger.

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