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RATINGS: 997   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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3.6
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Pours a hazy light orange color with a white head. Aroma is wheat, orange peel, some corriander, and ginger. Flavor is wheat, orange, pepper, spice, and a light lingering bitter finish.

3.9
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Golden in color with a thin dissipating head. Spice and earthiness on the nose. Nice peppery and citrusy flavors with a fairly good length on the tongue. Lovely Saison style.

4.2
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2007
Pours a hazy orangey yellow color with a thin white head. Solid aroma of hay, spices, ginger, hops and fruits with a pleasant farmhouse character. The flavor is amazing and complex with its superb farmhouse character, hay, spices, ginger, hops and a bitter finish, also it is pleasantly dry.. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.

3.4
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Pours a golden color with a small white head in the tulip. Not much lacing and the scent was funky with some barnyard like notes, gum, pepper and spice. The flavor was sublte with some hints of ginger, pepper, wheat, malt and dough coming through. I really don’t care much for saisons, but this beer wasn’t that bad for a style that I don’t like.

4
acearl (510) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Ole 750ml’er...Yellow amber hue with creamy off white lasting head with excellent lacing, smells of spiced orange peels a little like a light mulled spiced cider, hints of black pepper and ginger which are also evidenced in the subtle aftertaste. Mild carbonation, flavor stays lasts briefly particularly in the back of the tongue and roof of mouth(grains.) Zesty and spicey but also smooth and refreshing. End of summer to start of fall.

3.8
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Bottle shared with Your Dark Lord and Landseer. Pours a pale orange with a white head. Aroma of apple, spice, pear, and yeast. Subtle amount of sweetness with flavors of coriander, clove, belgian wheat malt, pepper, and citrus. Finish is yeasty and dry. I enjoyed this more than the Avante Garde, but I liked the SPF 45 better. I’d be curious to know if the recipe has changed.

2.6
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Hazy orange with a small white head. Funky aroma of spices, lemon zest, yeast, browned butter. The flavor was akin to a ginger ale. Don’t see this as a new incarnation of Pizza Port’s SPF 45. I liked that one.

3.4
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 A mildly spiced beer. Drinkable, and well done in the Belgian tradition for an American brewer. Summer quencher, to be sure. I like to see more yeasty funky character in a Saison but that’s just me. Too much ginger for me in recent samples.

3.9
egajdzis (6833) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Poured a hazy, orange gold color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of coriander, ginger, lemongrass, citrus fruits, bread, and honey, with a bit of toffee as well. Taste of more ginger, coriander, white pepper, wheat, lemon, citrus fruits, honey, and a dry, yeasty finish. No alcohol at all.

3.8
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2007
bottle. lots of foam, like 1.5 inches. pretty heavily carbonated. smells spicy and funky, bready. pretty good, not overly spicy, a bit honeyed. unexceptional, but pretty drinkable. i like how mild it is; lots of times the pepper and grains of paradise can be overwhelming. the ginger complement is perfect, too.


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