SPF 45 Saison - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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SPF 45 SaisonSPF 45 Saison

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 46
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 37
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xlperro on 08-19-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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... (329 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (437 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/6/05- Purchased via Holiday Wine Cellar in southern California.

Presentation- 750ml heavy green bottle. No bottling date or freshness date noted. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden orange pour with small bits of yeast chunks here and there. Quite large foamy white head and various lace streaks abound.

Smell- Semi tart scent with mild spices and lemon rind.

Taste- Hmmm, not quite as good as expected. Not bad, but a little boring. Doesn't have that nice funky farmyard sour tart taste as some other good saison's such as Fantome and Southampton have. Mixed spices here and there, a bit of corriander, but not much. Not much white pepper either. Mostly lemon rind and some orange flavor with a sweeter flavor more than tart.

Mouthfeel- Major heavy carbonation here. Took a while to chug this one down.

Drinkability- Don't get me wrong, this is a fairly tasty brew, which would probably tatse better in summer than the winter, but it's just a bit of a boring saison to me. I didn't get the nice spicy tart kick I got from other top saisons. (1,073 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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... (874 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (718 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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, ain’t 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 SPF’s 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 beer’s 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 it’s just average. (1,101 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good effort. smells and tastes like a very good fruit beer, and most noticeably an orange liquor. Sweet orange peel, tangerene,corriander, ginger. Yeast in aroma too. Cloves, cherry, black pepper. Orange colour and some head. A herbal tead component as well, and all well hopped. Thanks awaisanen from California. (318 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,048 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (551 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (625 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque caramel peach, clingy, creamy head.

Smell: Ginger, oranges, cinnamon and sticky, sweet candi sugar that mingles well to smell like a candy factory, or maybe a sugar refinery (not that I've ever visited any of those...)

Taste: Decent astringency that perks up the spices. It could have used a little more carbonation but I still loved it, plenty of yeast and citrus. Pretty true to this ecclectic style, but still very "californian". (457 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (845 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (613 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wayyyy overcarbonated. Fizzed out the bottle for 30 minutes or so.. This leads to a huge f’ing head, needless to say. Cloudy tangerine in color.

Fruity but not too sweet in aroma, lightly spicy, with hints of ginger and orange.

Delightful flavor! Perfectly balanced and very refreshing.
Refreshing orange citric flavors blend nicely with warming ginger (this latter aspect is pretty noticeable, though I wouldn’t have guessed it had it not been on the label). Hops are flowery, and a decent peppery character finishes off the sip. The finish develops just a tiny bit of funk as the beer warms.

Perfect for sipping on the patio on a warm san diego summer day, though the overcarbonation distracts from mouthfeel a bit, rendering the beer a bit fizzy. (761 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a dark green 750ml bottle from Pizza Port C-Bad.

Pours a beautiful, bright honey yellow color. A very nice head of white fizzy bubles. Tons of carbonation and some nice tiny little bubbles of lacing.

Aroma is spicy as hell! Full of giger, coriander, citrus fruit and yeast. Something about the smell reminds me of cinnamon toast crunch cereal.

Complex! Very big spicy punch of pepper, ginger, coriander initially, fades into a yeast/citrus fruit tartnessof orange zest. Nice white wine dryness in the finish that really makes me want to sip more. Some nice burps as a result of all the tiny bubbles.

Very nice beer, sweet, spicy and fruity.

Cheers! (674 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Pre-Gabf babblefest.

Gold.

Sweet, flowery, peppery aroma with hints of orange, pear, papaya and mango and possibly a bit of coriander in there as well.

Medicinal and well-hopped, mainly herbal and grassy notes, along with a lovely light fruitiness of peach, papaya, mango and some spicing, possibly coriander and ginger.

I liked this one. (365 characters)

Photo of lou91
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a buddy pick me up a bottle in Solana Beach which is pricey at $15 at the brewery. This is a good looking brew - hazy and golden orange and a rich lively noisy head. Great smells of honey and cotton candy. What a great tasting saison – complex spices and long crisp clean thirst quenching goodness. I can’t taste the myriad of spices listed on the label but it was spicy-not chili spicy but the ginger snap spicy. Excellent mouthfeel. Despite the low ABV, it was very satisfying and my head felt nice. Can’t ask for anything else. (539 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml. Pours a solid orange color with a finger of head that falls to a healthy coat over top. Solid looking brew. Nose is most intriguing. I get notes of lime, pepper (black), and chamomile. Most interesting in a saison. I'm excited to taste it. Flavor is very nice. Definate barnyardy/musty/light tart flavors in the foreground. Playing behind these I find lime (must be the grains of paradise) and chamomile to be the dominant supporters. There is a zing in there that I can't place for certain, but I would bet it is from the ginger. I'm really digging this brew. A tartness hangs on the finish, but doesn't linger. A very interesting take on a saison. I do enjoy this brew. Feel is moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. This one is having no troube finding its way out of my glass. I am not sure this is the best representation of a saison, but it is a really damn good beer. (886 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, the foam comes out intensively.. we’ve actually had the time to take another beer while letting this one settle. Needless to say it then made a spectatular never dying white head, very sticky. Tons of tiny yeast particles abund all over the glass. The body underneath was of a muddy amber tone. Hugely spicy nose and unusual at that. Ginger cookies dough, coriander and cloves, coconut paste. It smells fluffy, grains of paradise, sweet banana ice cream and more. Palate offers a nice, but light acidity and more ginger and flowery goodness. Chive, grass and peanuts oil seem to give it a green aspect. Biscuity malt, lemony and orangey aspects complete the mid-mouth and lead to a rather short spicy finish. It feels really belgian from the unexplicable involved and the great yeast, but suffers from overcarbonation. Mouthfeel is a foam explosion, extremely airy which sometimes seems to cut a bit on the flavor because this is otherwise incredibly tasty. Superb original and refreshing artisanal effort though! Two Thumbs up to Matt Zwolinski for that treat! (1,076 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (826 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (641 characters)

Photo of crwills
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (720 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled August 2004
This beer is super carbonated. It is a pretty, clear, orange-copper color with a dense rocky light tan head sitting atop it. There is an austere, musty, spicy aroma that contains notes of apple cider, alcohol, cardamom, and a flowery character that reminds me of Spring. The taste is lightly sweet with lots of spice character, I get notes of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. I get soft fruit notes that are reminiscent of apples, pears, and raisins. This is very well carbonated, it foams wildly on my tongue.

This is definitely a heavily spiced version of a Saison, but no one spice is here so dominantly that it detracts from the beer. It is a wild spice party with each spice competing, but none winning out. The spices also help to dry this beer out and to balance the sweetness that is found up front. This is quite the enjoyable beer, and because of the strong spice character it would have aged quite nicely if not for the being over carbonated and getting worse. Never underestimate the power of the Dupont yeast strain to completely attenuate the wort.

Aged 1 year, Sampled June 2004
This beers is extremely foamy, it rustically explodes in my glass with a 4 inch fluffy off white, tan hinged head. It is a full gold color with a bit of haze to it. The aroma is spicy and fruity with notes of apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet caramel bread. This is not as dry as I was expecting, especially given my experience with this yeast (now I know why it is so over-carbonated) It is lightly sweet up front with an astringent yeast and spice driven finish. This definitely has a big spice character, though it is well done and not distracting. The spices help to pick up and compliment the sweetness a bit. This beer, with it prominent spicing, could still use quite a bit of age, though it may not be worth aging b/c of the over carbonation problems. As this beer is remade though, I am quite confident that the carbonation level will be adjusted to a suitable level. (2,006 characters)

Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (739 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (370 characters)

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SPF 45 Saison from Pizza Port Solana Beach
92 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.