RATINGS: 997   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Pours a hazy almost opaque orange with lively carbonation and a fluffy lasting whte head, and nice lace. Aroma is spicy- coriander and orange zest dominant with a strong ginger presence as well- light on the pepper, and a nice straight siason yeasty character. Light peppery flavor, lots of wheat and full malt backround with more orange and ginger, and finishes with a nice dry citrusy bitterness. Very soft carbonation in the mouthfeel and a very nice aftertaste. Very well made spiced saison.

RickFifty (1461) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2018
Golden color, white head. Belgian yeast nose, fruity esters, peppery, ginger, phenols. Ginger taste, sweet fruity, apple, dry, esters, cloves. Medium body, soft carbonation.
7, 4, 8, 4, 15

katrinaez (2355) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2017 cloudy dark yellow. aroma of yeasts and sweet corn bread. taste is Belgium yeasts and light grass spice. mouth is medium full feel. bottle

tricksta_p (5354) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2017
Bottle from Beer Republic. Aroma is pleasantly spicy with saison yeast, peppery notes, bready malt, soft fruits, citrus, touch of barnyard funk, apricot, orange, and clove, with a hint of hops in the finish. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is above medium. Well-balanced Saison with lots of spicy notes but not to the point of excess, lovely.

Sebilinz (2723) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 10, 2017
Bottle. Thanks to Powy. Cloudy golden body with white large lasting head. Aroma is is ginger spices sweet malts. Taste is malty fruity ginger. Aftertaste nice sweet slightly balanced by some hoppy bitterness.

PowY (1164) - AUSTRIA - NOV 5, 2017
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden with a huge, relatively stable white head. The aroma is very spicy - ginger, pepper - with flowers and medium yeasty. Medium body with a high carbonation, a medium to medium-heavy sweetness and a medium bitterness. The flavor is medium malty with honey, biscuit and a bitter herbal touch, some ginger, some yeasty fruitiness. Dry bitter finish with herbs, pepper, some ginger. Overall full of flavors but not completely balanced.

Aroma: 7
Appearance: 4
Taste: 8
Palate: 3
Overall: 13

ABS (1130) - Stokke, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2017
Bottle at Rickfifty's. Amber body, big, white head. Esters, banana, cloves, spice, herbs. Apple. Very dry. Tart. Bitter. Hidden sweetness. Medium body and carbonation.

Saeglopur (2414) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - NOV 4, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2017 Score: 8 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 15

750 ml bottle, shared by PowY, thanks!
Orange, hazy body, with a massive, stable, frothy, rocky, lacing, off-white head.
Aroma of bread, dough, vanilla, sweet spices, sweet grains, flowers.
Tastes of spices, some ginger, bread, dough, hay, flowers, some vanilla.
Medium, slick mouthfeel, with a fizzy carbonation.
Finishes spicy, dry, grainy, yeasty, a bit fruity, subtly sweet.

Very nice. I really like the lovely, smooth nose, taste is more on the dry, spicy side. Ginger isn't too prominent, just provides some more spiciness. Very good, old-school Saison.

Werckmeister (3444) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 4, 2017
0,75l bottle at home shared by Powy, big thanks. No BB date. yellow rather hazy color, quite big white head. smells flowery, ginger, peppery, spices, honey, very nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes ginger, peppery, spices, flowery, light honey, grassy, light chlorophyl. finishes medium bitter with notes of ginger, grass and peppery notes. nice one but also a bit strong on the ginger / peppery / grassy side. overall quite nice though.

Bill Becker (2008) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From Oct 2006 Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle(room temp) a cloudy reddish gold with a large head of foam that grew as it was sitting in my New Belgium goblet. It took several minutes for the foam to settle down but once it did, I was left with a solid layer with lots of lacing hugging my glass. Very very nice. The smell was dominated by strong citrus and yeasty notes which made for a good nose. The taste is surprisingly sweet up front. I note sweet malt but not really caramelly sweet, followed by a good dose of spice and fruit with a healthy portion of funk that offsets the sweetness nicely. Further in to the bottle, the fruit really asserts itself with nice apricot and fig flavours mixed in with hints of banana and clove. There's a *lot* of complexity in this Saison and as it warms up(even from room temp) the various flavours just keep getting better and better at least..to my palate. Wow. This is one heck of a brew! I've now poured the last bit in my glass and it's: cloudier than ever due to the natural sediment and..the malt profile is probably at its zenith because I'm tasting a sweet malty goodness that's actually more pronounced than my first sips but....it's more balanced and tastier because the fruit and funk are there to "guide" it. Again. Wow....what a brew! Bottom line Part 2: This is an outstanding Saison. I dare say, the best I've ever tasted! Bottom line: This is a *wonderful* Saison from yet another small brewery in California.

luttonm (6967) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Thick, growing foam head which leads to fairly bright carbonation. Nice looking saison appearance, light hazed orange. Lightly peppery yeast nose, grains of paradise too. Nice bit of ginger bite to the sip, which adds to the peppery yeast snap. Dries out considerably with a good earthy, spiced bitterness. You feel all of the ingredients coming through in a nice balance. Delivers as promised. Nice beer.

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