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Saison '88 25th Anniversary Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Saison '88 25th Anniversary AleSaison '88 25th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

78 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beergoot on 07-22-2013)
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

dengl004, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jharris0624, May 31, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

For a saison I'd say it didn't really meet the appearance standards. Not a lot of head or lace, bubbles were more like a lightly carbed ale than a saison. But appearances are not everything. It got better. And it doesn't look BAD it just doesn't really scream out "saison."

Aroma and flavor are much more what I expect from a saison. Kinda tastes like 3711 fermented quite warm, lots of yeasty flavors and aromas. Spicy too, some pepper and coriander are noticeable. A bit of bread and cracker and a portion of funk round it out.

Body is medium with less carbonation than expected, but it's still quite drinkable and tasty. Overall it's a bit odd but I like it. Would have no problem having it again.

AlCaponeJunior, May 21, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thick two finger whitish foamy head the fades to a splotchy lace.

S: Some earthy notes, a good amount of bread and yeast, some spice, notably coriander come through as well.

T: Very similar to the nose - some spice and coriander, bready yeast and mild hop bitterness. Was hoping for a bit of tartness but don't find it here.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, refreshing and easy to drink.

O: A pretty tasty saison and quite refreshing on a hot day. Love the cans, and I'd drink it again for sure.

Mikecap, May 19, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy golden color, with a large, slightly coarse white head, which retains well. The lacing is thick, and scattered; the carbonation is moderate.

Aroma: Massive spicy, leafy hop aroma, with prominent notes of white pepper, grassy notes are also present, and prominent phenol alcohols. Bready malt notes round out the complex aroma.

Taste: Opens with robust phenolic flavors, leafy and grassy hops, and bitter apple rind a little later in the taste. Later in the taste, grapefruit rind and white pepper rise, with earthy hops to usher in a lingering close to the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very, very full, more than pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made example of the style, exudes quality; an exemplar of what craft brewing should be.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, May 17, 2014
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Saison '88 25th Anniversary Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.