SPF 45 Saison - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was quite citrusy with honey, bready malty notes, spices, and coarinder notes. Upfront I got some applesauce character with lemon zest, orange, spice, grains, and malt notes but also had coriander coming through to accent the overall flavor. it also had a little underlying brett and cinamon as well. The brew was mediumbody with a nice amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, fruity, and malty finish. It drank really good and was glad to have tried it at least once.
09-12-2010 01:13:20 | More by Gobzilla
3.83/5 rDev -9.7%
Thanks for sharing this one Gil.
A: The pour is a goldenrod sort of color with a large white head that displays some pretty good retention.
S: The nose offers up some good spice notes/yeast esters along with bready malts and a moderate sweetness. The citrus notes are pretty much gone on this one, but there is a hint of lemon and lemon zest.
T: A fair amount of spice notes opens up the palate: pepper, ginger, and citrus rind. Mildly sweet and bready malts round things out.
M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation to it and a really long finish.
D: This beer does show some signs of decay, but it has actually held up quite well. That said, I wouldn't necessarily advise hanging on to this much longer.
09-10-2010 01:51:52 | More by womencantsail
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
Huge thanks to Chris Quiroga for bringing this to the Sea Of Floydster tasting - one of the standouts of the night!
Spicy, chamomile, light menthol, coconut in the aroma and the taste. Highly carbonated, but some wheat sort of body notes once the carbonation settled down.
Tasted incredibly good - this beer has aged very well. Awesome. Oh, and yeah, really bad cork.
04-02-2009 07:25:11 | More by rallison
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
750 ml bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by cquiroga, thank you very much for bringing this Chris, had been wanting to try this for years, reviewed from notes, poured into my Stone sampling glass
A-Golden orange color with some yellow highlights, 1/2 inch foamy white head that stayed around a while, great retention, good lacing too, you can tell this was unflitered by just looking at it
S-Lemons, toasted bread, caramel, honey, oranges, other citrus, flowers, white pepper, whole grains, and coriander
T-Lots of ginger at the beginning, fades into a grainy and malty middle, honey and orange peel in the finish, pepper and other spices come out more and more as it warms, nice mix of citrusy fruit, malts, and spices at the end, an incredibly complex farmhouse ale
M-Spicy, sweet, citrusy, fruity, and malty mouthfeel, high level of carbonation, medium bodied, taste lingers a long time
D-Could drink this whole big bottle, no booze present, light and refreshing, still crisply carbonated, goes down easy and would be great on a hot day, enjoyed the lightness while still being very flavorful
The cork on this one was brutal and Dr. Bill had to take a knife to it for about ten minutes before getting out, even then some still landed in the beer, it was great to try an early Pizza Port brew, this saison surprised the heck out of me and was even better than expected, for a 2003 bottle it has aged incredibly without having that high of an ABV, would like to drink again, recommended
04-01-2009 19:45:10 | More by Floydster
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Thanks to Chris Quiroga for bringing this bottle to the SeaofFloydster Tasting which took place on March 28th. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now.
The color was dark golden with about a quarter in of foam that settled to a thin ring which lasted till the end.
The aroma was very good and interesting, it has such a soft and mellow floral aroma. Chamomile, sweet lemons, soft citrus fruits, spices, toast and caramel malts, and ginger bread in the background.
Spicy yeast flavors, chamomile, lemon, honey malts, and sweet toast. Tasty beer. Had a sharp and almost aggressive carbonation which smoothed out as it warmed up.
03-31-2009 00:41:12 | More by seaoflament
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
05 vintage bottle shared by cquiroga at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Thanks! Poured into my La Chouffe goblet. Gold with a small but sticky white head. Aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, with some apple notes. Flavor is similar, straight-up applie pie, spices and all. A little lemony tartness as well. Smooth as can be, easy to drink. Probably the best saison there is.
08-07-2008 18:17:26 | More by illidurit
3.05/5 rDev -28.1%
Bottle shared by miketd, once again. Thanks dude.
Pours orange with a big lasting whitish head. Smell is lightly sweet, bright orange, and spices. Taste is spiced, with oranges again. Fairly dry, despite hints of sweetness. I must be a douche, because I don't seem to have liked this nearly as much as anybody else. What's new...
07-01-2008 18:40:29 | More by JDV
4/5 rDev -5.7%
Vintage bottle, 2006. Dark golden, peach like, hazy head of white soapy foam, dies quickly, slight cheese aroma in the air mixed with cork and blood. Aromas are fresh and funky, like an aged saison should be. Bread, earth, spices, a certain funky fruitiness. Taste follows suit, bitter on the back palate, light and fruity in the front with a great mid palate spiciness and spicy earth hop kick. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>light and very good, drinkability is stillg reat.
Like an aged DuPont or Avec. not quite there in terms of the overall product, but certainly heading in the right direction as far as worthy Saisons.
04-02-2008 19:20:23 | More by francisweizen
3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
750 ML bottle purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA for $15.99 about 2 years ago.
Upon opening, SPF 45 immediately clocks in as an herbal/spicy saison in the vein of Strange Ghost or Avery 13. These are usually not my style of saison as I find the spice overwhelms any interesting yeast character that ought to be going on. SPF 45, however, aint half bad.
Appearance wise, SPF 45 is a winner. The beer pores a golden apricot with a health dollop of white fluff. Next comes an aroma intense with spice. Surprisingly the herbal and spice qualities (ginger, coriander, lemon, and poppy seed mostly) play synchronisticly with each other and SPFs yeast aromas. Perhaps this is how the beer was crafted or perhaps it is a product of cellaring. In any case I appreciate it.
Flavor follows aroma closely in SPF 45. Lemon and coriander are large elements here too. To the beers credit, chamomile does not play a large roll, although I do pick up on some generic flower notes. Mouthfeel is crisp, spicy, and bone dry. Drinkability is good considering the spice, but overall its just average.
01-04-2008 16:05:05 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.7/5 rDev -12.7%
Thanks to fartingdog who sent me this almost a year ago. 750ml bottle with 9-6 written on the side with a silver paint pen.
Brilliant, glowing copper/deep gold. Strong carbonation, medium thick head that settles quickly. Tart and spicy aroma, with mint-like or pepper notes. There is definitely some ginger in there and perhaps cinnamon also, plus an apple fruitiness.
The taste is somewhat tart with a citrus like fruit character. The ginger spice seems strong and carries along throughout the finish becoming a bit distracting. Where are the earthy, yeasty notes I would typically expect for a saison? The mouthfeel is soft with fine tingling carbonation leaving a touch of foam. Nice.
I think the spices/additives were too much for this beer and really hurt its drinkability. To me this was not very reminiscent of a Saison. Worth a try if you can even find some...
09-24-2007 20:43:56 | More by bennetj17
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured from a 750ml bottle bought from Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley about 1 year ago and stored carefully. Pours a cloudy orange golden with a white fluffy head that quickly fades to a thin rim. Aromas of orange juice, ginger, coriander, maybe some light honey, and grains of paradise. Very dry and slightly peppery from the grains of paradise. The taste is also quite dry, and maybe too much so on the finish- a little more fruit at the end might make it a little more thirst quenching. As it is, its still delicious with similar flavors to the aroma, but with more restrained orange, better balance, and a creamy vanilla flavor as the base. The very dry citrus and spice is mostly prsent on the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good, but it could be a tad crisper, Ditto on the drinkability, with some more sweetness or tanginess needed as well.
04-27-2007 22:44:15 | More by Georgiabeer
4/5 rDev -5.7%
Originally reviewed on May 29, 2006. 750 mL Bottle. Intriguing aroma of mingled fruits and perplexing spices with apricot, some ginger, light sweet fruitcake, touches of almonds and wheat, a hint of spicy yeast and all around peculiar fruitiness. Indescribable and unique. Could be a little stronger. Pour of mildly clouded fuming tangerine hued lemon gold, with a foamy white head, lacing gently. Flavor continues along the line of the aroma, with the acute sweet fruits, maybe in asian pear and light soured lemon. The ginger really glows here and adds a beautiful spicy quality to the beer. After the fruit and ginger fades, a warming tooth of grain and freshly baked artisan breads from a wood-fired oven with rosemary release on the tongue, with hints of juniper berries and tawny honey. Rich and sweet, but maintaing an inexplicable drinkability. Truly the best hot summer day beer. Smacks of those fruits loss to the ages, along with rich black cardamon and coriander. Maintains clean sweetness at the end, but could use some drying effects.
12-10-2006 03:45:06 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.6/5 rDev -15.1%
This poured to a clear gold and orange color with a medium head that quickly faded. It left a minor amount of lace.
The smell has plenty of spices and some light fruit. A bit of sourness comes through as well. In the taste, all of the flavors blend together into one big green apple with black pepper. A sour yeast funk takes over the finish. The mouthfeel is medium while drinkability is good.
This is almost more like a wild ale.
10-31-2006 02:10:26 | More by watermelonman
4/5 rDev -5.7%
Thanks to kmpitz2 for the trade...
Appears a glowing gold with a small white head that slowly fades away. Nice amounts of scattered lacing left all around the glass.
Smell is of pepper, coriander, flowers, orange peel, citrus, yeasty bread, shredded wheat, and mild notes of chamomile with ginger.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas mixed in a gently spiced brew with subtleties coming together for an Americanized Saison.
Mouthfeel is smooth, yeasty, spicy, along with the orange peel, & ginger leading up to a semi-dry finish.
Pretty tasty stuff.
10-23-2006 17:48:00 | More by weeare138
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Bottle reads: "Let's Party!" - ok, we shall.
Clouded orange, very dusty in colour. Ample head which faded slowly. Appearence is completely murky. Aroma consist of a lot of tangerine and orange peel (both are individually detectable) as well as some distinctly Belgian notes, most likely the yeast. Interesting because the rest of the makeup is not so Belgian at all. Carbonation is very high with a harsh mouthfeel. This beer finds itself somewhere between sweet and sour. The small influence of spices contributes greatly to the flavour. The quantity of spices actually rather generous however, but not overbearing. (Only after reading the bottle) could I detect the black pepper, which then seemed so obvious. No funk but a very robust profile, bold in the American way of brewing. A truly world class saison! Thanks Sammy.
09-16-2006 14:38:25 | More by biegaman
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Sampled as part of a large tasting with biegaman, grub, and northyorksammy.
This was one of my favourite of the evening. Poured a pleasant orangey-amber, with a small head. Aroma is very 'Belgian' - mildly spicy, unique yeasty notes, and sourish, almost Gueuze-like elements.
Flavour is clove, orange peel, and black pepper. Lots of farmy, funky smells in there -- hay, dry grass, old wood, 'horseblanket'. Great mouthfeel, muted aftertaste. Drinkability belies the high ABV.
Hennepin is the only other saison I've had in any quanitity, and I've never understood the appeal of it (and therefore the appeal of the style). I much prefer this one, and I'd really like to sample some other beers from this brewery.
09-15-2006 19:50:12 | More by crwills
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
tasting party sept 11/06 with northyorksammy, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer and mead. not sure of exactly who contributed what, so i'll just thank everyone.
pours a slightly cloudy deep golden colour with a nice off-white head.
aroma is great. tangerine. orange peel and clove. spicy too. maybe some clove.
taste is excellent. tangerine and sweet orange peel. clove. a bit of funky sourness to it too. really nice. peppery spice. maybe some ginger too.
mouthfeel is ok. high carbonation and nice body.
drinkability on this one is good. a really unique and interesting beer that i'd be more than happy to have again. extra thanks to sammy for this one.
09-14-2006 17:54:50 | More by grub
SPF 45 Saison from Pizza Port Solana Beach
92 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.