SPF 45 Saison - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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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
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
3.65/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
12-08-2005 21:31:07 | More by GClarkage
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
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
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
4/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
09-14-2006 12:17:22 | More by Sammy
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
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
4/5 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
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
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".
12-20-2005 01:06:55 | More by Goldorak
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
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
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
Wayyyy overcarbonated. Fizzed out the bottle for 30 minutes or so.. This leads to a huge fing 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 wouldnt 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.
01-22-2006 16:26:38 | More by mzwolinski
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
12-26-2005 05:18:41 | More by SteveO1231
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
Sampled at the Pre-Gabf babblefest.
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.
10-01-2004 03:29:27 | More by Crosling
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
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 cant 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. Cant ask for anything else.
11-16-2005 07:12:28 | More by lou91
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
12-22-2005 01:29:24 | More by kmpitz2
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
Upon opening, the foam comes out intensively.. weve 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!
06-23-2004 04:23:58 | More by Rastacouere
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
SPF 45 Saison from Pizza Port Solana Beach
92 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.