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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 13, 2007
I think this may be one of my favourite saisons. Clean, refreshing, and everything I could want in a nice warm weather.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Beautiful opaque shade of golden yellow beneath a staying crown of off white foam. Aromas of apricots, lemons and lilacs. Unusually hoppy. The tangy ginger bite complements the quiet pit fruits perfectly on the tongue. Amiably floral. Aftertaste sours considerably with warmth, revealing a yeasty, lemongrass character. Golden palate for all seasons - refreshing, light, but robust. Subtle brilliance right here. Thanks John!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (12208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2007
750ml, corked bottle. Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a large sized white head. Aromas of lemons (lemon peels), pears, spices, and a little earthy. Tastes of citrus, fruity, spices and bready. Crisp and clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow-orange body with a small white soapy head. Aroma of fresh hops, tangerine, lemon, pears, and cookie dough sweetness. Cookiesh flavour with plentiful floral hop character. Sharp and refreshing and a bit doughy in the palate. Quite tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 10, 2007
This saison pours a light orange gold color from a 750ml cork finished bottle. Large sized white foamy head, with lots of staying power. Aroma is earthy, grassy, spicy with a bunch of hops. A medium bodied saison. Malts are fruity and sweet. Earthy hops. Spices are pepper, clove, orange and grains of paradise. Lots of fruit flavors balanced with the spices and a touch of barnyard and must. Lively carbonation. Clean and crisp. Light and refreshing. Nice beer to sip on a warm spring evening. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2007
thanks to solan for sharing this one! Grapefruit hops and sour aroma. Pours a dirty blonde. Spicy and smooth, with a good hoppiness and a piney aftertaste. Excellent!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 750 mL. Gurgles forth with a robust push of lightly hazed gold, atop a froth of soft soap, fresh with an off-white hue. The aroma precludes a soapy ambiance, with christmas spiced potpourri, warm hexanous aromatics and bubbly cauldrons. Into the mouth, an immediate blast of rising bright fruitiness, meeting headstrong with a mouthful of malt and mild middle eastern spicings. A seemingly classic Saison build, with gentle sweeping malt sugars, high bright and freshening yeast character melding into a pile of nose bristling spice dust. Hops round out the back with a palate closing grassy complexity. If any faults fall upon this beer its that the spices seem a little muddled and artificial, but I think the yeast help cover it. Palate is perfection with a nice light airy body to carry all of the heavenly scents and flavors, through good malt configuration. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Bottle: Poured nice reddish orange color, with a nice white head. Earthy smell. Very smooth taste with slight spices. A great saison, especially from america. A must have

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Cloudy orange-brown color with a thick rocky white head. Mild spice aromas, more earthy/grassy as opposed to lemon/citrus smells. Thick mouthfeel, less carbonation than most saisons Ive had. Taste smooth, with an herbaceous quality and a slightly grassy finish well-complimented by a nice subtle hop presence. Not too spicy, and the description says "lightly spiced", so this is apparently what they were going for.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Aroma malty, earthy, hints of barn yard, fruit, and spices. Sweet taste with orange and black pepper flavor showing through nicely and finishing with a slightly dry bitterness. Very drinkable.


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