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SPF 45 Saison - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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SPF 45 SaisonSPF 45 Saison

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 46
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 37
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-19-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 46
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".

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Photo of ggroller
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Arrived on my doorstep on a snowy winter day. Quite a far cry from the sunny climate where this beer was brewed. This treat comes compliments of my pal in CA, SwillinBrew.

22 oz. green bottle. The front label is different than the pic shown here. The back label has some cheeky verbage that's quite amusing.

A cloudy, peach colored liquid with a fluffy thick head. Lot's of bubbles rising to the surface.

I smell a slight skunkiness while inhaling the contents through the tiny bottle opening. In the glass, a whole other story indeed. Acidic citrus. Pears, peaches, and then sweet malt. A slight hint of raisons.

Tastes tart at first and then the Beligian yeast esthers follow up in the finish. A saison for sure, and a pretty good one at that.

Mouthfeel is amply carbonated up front with a sweet chewiness in the finish.

Drinkable? Does a bear crap in the woods?

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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.

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Photo of OldSock
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – 750 ml bottle picked up at Pizza Port and transported to the east coast. Pours with a big white head that slowly falls to nothing. The beer itself is hazy amber orange, no lace.

Smell – Juicy fruit, toasted malts, orange and ginger. Mild spicy hop aroma as well. There is so much going on in the aroma, I don't know what to expect from the flavor.

Taste – Refreshing, with lots of spices that blend well. Great balance, with a mix of hop and malt character. The spices that show through the most are the ginger and the chamomile. An original, delicious, flavor that I really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel – Body is light bordering on watery with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel really adds to the refreshing quality of this beer... I probably shouldn't have waited until December to drink it.

Drinkability & Notes – An easy to drink, refreshing saison, with a bold spicy flavor. Definitely a different flavor than in a traditional saison, but that doesn't mean that this isn't a delicious beer.

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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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a brew I've been longing after for awhile now and I'm happy to finally be able to sit down to a 750 of it. New label has a bright sunny beachside scene with the obligatory bikini clad beauty with her bottle of SPF 45 sunscreen close at hand. Pours from the bottle a hazy, nearly opaque dark amber color with a big frothy two finger white head. Slowly falls and lingers. Aromas begin with spicy grains, floral notes and abundant fruitiness. Peach, apple, pineapple, orange and lemon zest all float atop a fresh yeastiness. A touch of earthy funkiness lies underneath here. Clean, fresh, fruity and peppery spicy. Nothing less than enjoyable to sit here, contemplate and inhale.

First sip brings a bountiful mix of sunny pale grain maltiness simply drenched in a wonderful array of fruity spiciness. The spice is upfront with notes of pepper, coriander, yeast and a touch of clove. Fresh fruit salad abounds featuring oranges, lemon zest, apple, mango and pineapple. This is quite an awe inspiring blend of citrus, spice, yeast and maltiness that seems to attack each and every taste bud it can on the way down. There's a bit of funkiness hiding here that shows up on the back of the palate along with a touch of sourness. A wonderful, crisp saison that simply begs to be drank. Finishes with a bit of lingering spice. Just an all around well built, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is rather spritzy with a medium bodied malt character that's not at all afraid to make itself known. Super smooth and easy to drink...this 750ml bottle will not be lasting long tonight. Simply a superb example of a U.S. brewed saison. You can tell a lot of love and respect went into this brew as you drink it. As for drinkability...the only thing stopping me from drinking this constantly is availability. So damn tasty...I'm happy to have had the chance to sample this one thanks to Crosling. More than worth seeking out...I hope to make a homage to Pizza Port one of these days and maybe I can personally thank Tomme and crew for the joy they've brought to this beer lover.

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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.


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.

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Photo of oggg
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle number 83, stored in my "cellar" for about 9 months. The cork broke into a million pieces on extraction, but I was able to remove the last pieces without leaving any in the beer.

This beer pours a pale orangish brown. It's a touch hazy. The head billows out with the gentlest pour. A loose cake of off white head that comes down on its own time.

The aroma is big. I get lots of fruit -- apples mostly. And a yeasty mustiness. Earthy. I can imagine a farmhouse when I inhale.

The taste is big too. Earthy, fruity, maybe a touch of candi sugar but not so huge like in Dubbels and Tripels. Yeasty. Yummy. A good firm hop? bitterness at the beginning. Spicy but not clovelike. Highly carbonated. Finish is also somewhat dry. Wow.

Medium bodied. Alcohol mild. Carbonation is refreshing but gassy.

Overall: this is my first Saison, and I LIKE IT. Great lighter Belgian style ale with lots of flavors. I think the moderate hop bitterness really makes this incredibly drinkable. It went AWESOME with Chinese food last night. Only negative is that it was too highly carbonated

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Photo of Boto
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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.

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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!

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Photo of Gusler
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a gift from Xlperro on my recent trip to Long Beach to have a go at Lucky Baldwin’s 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. There’s 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!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

#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, it’s 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 don’t 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.

Highly Recommended!!

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