SPF 45 Saison - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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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
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
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
06-26-2004 20:00:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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
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
4.13/5 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
4.33/5 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
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
First off, nice Rack on the label. Even if it is a cartoon.
Hazed orange/amber appearance. (The beer, not the Rack.) Fluffy eggshell white head. It's bountiful. (The lace and the Rack.) Nice aroma. Floral, flowery, herbal, fragrant, musty, lemony and sweet. Lots of things going on here on the nose.
After first tasting, I had to recheck my bottle. (And not for the Rack either.) I had to make sure I hadn't opened a Fantome by mistake. It's similar in that it has a lot of "weird" types of things going on and I guess rightfully so after looking at the ingredient's list ( which includes organic ginger, corriander, sweet orange peel, black pepper, grains of paradise and chamomile flowers). The first sensation I get on the buds is that of quenching lime. Not real tart though...just quenching. And also lemony notes. Lots of spicy things going on as well. It's like a botanical experiment on the palate. Cracked black pepper spiciness with the sweet corriander and flowery chamomile tones. Malts give enough of a foundation for all of the botanicals to do their thing. And in regards to the hops, it's hard to discern certain properties from them, if they are there, from the multitudes of spices and fruit tones. This is quite good. And I can see how it could be considered an "essential" on the beaches of California.
Gotta give props to TheLongBeachBum for giving me a little taste of summertime in the middle of a Minnesotan winter.
I remember enjoying an SPF 8 from Pizza Port in May of 2002 at the pub itself. It happened to use Rosemary in the recipe. I have the fondest memories of that beer. This SPF45 is very good, but I'd have to say the 8 was probabaly the best Saison I've had.
01-11-2006 03:49:34 | More by Bighuge
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
This was a gift from Xlperro on my recent trip to Long Beach to have a go at Lucky Baldwins Belgian Beer Fest.
The beer had both Crown & Cork, and as the cork reluctantly let go of the bottle it did so with a thunderous Pop, and immediately the head began to form in the bottle, not waiting for me to pour it into my special glass. Upon my initial pour, the color a lustrous and muzzy orange with a Brobdingnagian head that is creamy in consistency, the color off white and as it sluggishly evanesces; the lace forms a diaphanous curtain to ensconce the glass. The nose has a marvelous yeast aroma at the front, sweet and fragrant, quite floral, the aroma of over ripe peaches comes to mind, and so appetizing is this nose that it made me hungry for some fresh baked bread, what a treat for both the ocular and olfactory senses. Ambrosial and loaded with malted grain at the start, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is staunchly acidic, the hops scrumptious in their spiciness, and the aftertaste sweet and sour, dry as the desert, what a splendiferous beer, a master piece of the brewers art, and one I must get more of, as its just to good not to have on hand for a special occasion.
Note: As it is still fermenting the decanting had to wait till I had consumed all but the last couple of ounces and the decanted color is as follows. Theres a veritable ton of dross, the haziness remains about the same as does the color, just gobs and gobs of those yeasties, yummy for the tummy and good for your health to boot!
02-27-2004 19:53:34 | More by Gusler
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
4.7/5 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
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
4.83/5 rDev +13.9%
#2003 Release - Bottle #126
A 750ml green glass wine-style bottle, recently swapped with my good friend xlperro in a Trunk-Trade, ironically right outside of the Pizza Port in San Clemente. Bottle #126. *NO* Cork, just a Crown Cap!
Served in a wide-mouthed Belgian Goblet Glass, massive carbonation immediately creates a sharply rising foam in the glass, so much so, I had to decant some of this into a Jug. The body is the perfect shade of Saison satsuma oranges shine through the light, whilst in a darkened environ it has a dark golden marmalade look. The head is beige-white, huge & crusty at first, Iceberg-like, the beer slips cleanly underneath the head as the glass is tipped for imbibing. Eventually the head settles to a thin 3mm collar & the earlier lacing disappears back into the glass. Wow.
A wild yeast & funky nose leads you down the Farmhouse trail to the Utopian Valhalla of Saison-land. Marvelous.
The start is all barley & smooth oats, the funkiness starts in the second quarter & lingers in the mouth long after the beer has gone. It takes a while, but as the SPF 45 rises from a solid fridge-cold, to a lightly chilled temperature, the back end of the beer exhibits light ginger & coriander, whilst the black pepper impregnated sweet orange rind really comes through on the tongue quite strongly in the middle. All this is set against a solid malt backbone. Some floral aspects come & go, but this is quite funky in a clean way. Enjoyable.
Spritzy & lively enough to quench the greatest thirst, yet it leaves a fantastic numbing feel on the cheeks in the end & long after the swallow. Immensely satisfying; the feel of the funky beer punctuating the mouth at first, followed by the creamy feel of the head, it's like a sweet n' sour double act.
I debated Drinkability - Yep, its a 10!!
A very good example of a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale & some seriously good funky shit. It will be very interesting to see how this develops with age, can it get better I wonder? Will the liveliness die down over time? Can I get back to Pizza Port to pick up a Crate of this next week? I dont know Tomme Arthur, but he deserves some serious credit for this. Who would have thought that such a good version of a Belgian Style Saison would be available so close when I moved here from the UK? Now if he could just sell it for less than the Fantôme...
Tip: Letting the bottle breathe for 5 mins. before pouring will reduce the huge racing head I encountered.
11-12-2003 04:47:15 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
750ml bottle (#85): This one pours an orangish-golden color, with a hint of haze to it. Boy, does this have head! A huge, frothy pile of foam comes with this one. It is kind of hard to pour, as you have to wait a long time to get more in the glass. Spicy, yeasty nose, with hints of lemon and banana. Actually a slight hit of sourness in the first taste. Feels silky on the tongue. The taste is slightly spicy, with banana, lemon, wheat, hint of bitterness. Excellent!
08-20-2004 21:29:48 | More by Boto
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
4.28/5 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
4.43/5 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
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
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours an orange color with a small head that falls quickly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is complex with ginger, citrus, and chamomile. Flavor is great, but I'd call it a spice beer as opposed to a saison. Lots of the chamomile and ginger in there to make a very flavorful taste. The body is moderate and the drinkability is very good.
12-29-2005 20:00:15 | More by clvand0
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
SPF 45 Saison from Pizza Port Solana Beach
92 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.