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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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83
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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: beergoot on 07-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy yellow with a monstrous bubbly white head that retains well an leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is earthy yeasty wheaty malts with some spice.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some spice (coriander, clove) and a little banana. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK beer. More wheat than saison.

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with three fingers of fluffy white head that slowly receded to a finger of fluffy white head that stuck around and left lacing down the glass. Quite nice looking and fairly true to style. Scents of tropical fruit and pineapple, slight grassy aromas, cloves, sweet spices and slight banana in the background and abundant yeasty bread with some peach and, slight pear and apricot aromas. Very nice, rather complex and fruity, with nice bready and yeasty aromas present as well. Taste begins with light lemon, citrus zest, and faint herbal hops, with a moderate bitterness level, some yeasty spiciness, notably clove present as well. Middle of the sip is similar to the beginning. Finishes dry, with yeasty spice, clove, musky herbal hops and grainy malt flavors. Aftertaste is grainy, musky and spicy, with strong notes of clove. Very well done, quite true to style and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a chalky, drying feel. Good, and again quite true to style. Overall this is a well done saison that is similar to other examples of the style and is quite refreshing and drinkable. Not the best of its class but certainly not bad and extremely drinkable.

Photo of LXIXME
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big white head on a well carbonated beer slowly falls above a pale washed out light straw golden colored opaque saison.

Nice spicy lemony aroma with maybe a bit of cloves and banana but nothing really sticks out more than anything else.

Light lemony citrus taste with just a bit of the spiciness of the aroma coming through with this drink.

A light dry aftertaste with a bit of the beers tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied Santa Fe drink.

Decent enough, I wish more of the aroma had been captured in the taste, but what do I know.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours straw/bronze color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & slightly above average head retention

S: Breadyness, phenols, clove & pear, plus perfumy hops, pineapple & apple blossom

T: Phenols, cloves, minty hops & pears up front. Pears, phenols, dryness & green apple skins as this warms, a touch of pineapple too. Finishes dry with pears, lemon peel, white pepper, plus a touch of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation

Easy to drink, fairly true to style, but nothing extreme or outstanding here. Was hoping for a little more from their 25th anny offering, but not a bad Saison, as long as you're not looking for a ton of funk

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/whiteish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, some spices. Taste is a bit fruity, a good bit of spice, yeast, pretty tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa Fe Saison 88 has a thick, soapy, white head, a clear, golden appearance, bubble streams, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is pungent, bready, sweet, and spicy, and the flavor is the same. The spice is hard to determine, however. Bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is medium, slick, and a bit soft, and Santa Fe Saison 88 finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, I think it's one to try, if you ever see it.

RJT

Photo of ZoomanCru
2.23/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Saison 88 – Saison (5.5%) - Santa Fe Brewing Co. (New Mexico)
☆☆

App: Slightly hazy, rich golden yellow color that's spot on for the style. Two finger rocky white head that settles slowly and retains well with a nice one finger head. Steady effervescence that maintains head. Slight lacing, but not remarkable.

Smell: Primarily grain in the high nose with a slight tropical fruit sweetness and soapy character. Not as pungent as some other saisons. Slightly yeasty with a little chalk.

Taste: Dry and somewhat earthy. Some notes of fruity esters of passion and dragon fruit. Lacking that slap of wallop yeastiness that I want in a Saison. Some slight herbaceous notes as the brew warms. Tiniest amount of alcohol in the background. Slightly sour with a lingering sour and bitter flavors after the swallow that is pleasant, but unremarkable.

Mouth: Medium thin body with somewhat light carbonation. Easily drinkable saison with nothing too special to recommend.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Tulip Glass. 1/3/14.

Photo of mastodonj
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a diconic,
A very light amber with a bright white fluffy head
Subtle nose, I don't get much but a little citrus
Stringent and spicy (coriander?) Hits the tongue. The signature farmhouse taste comes later.
Clean mouthfeel due to the citrus and spice
Altogether, a nice southwest take on a farmhouse ale.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a clear gold color with one finger of wet off-white head. A small amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma was earthy with a touch of spice and herbal notes.

The earthiness followed in the taste along with the light spice and herbal presence. Finished with a light bitterness.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking Saison from Santa Fe Brewing.

Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hello, New CANned Beer Sunday! I am proud to be only the second reviewer and the first in the CAN. I am acCANponied by The Old Lady on the Colorado version of The CANQuest (TM) this evening.

From the CAN: "25 years if brewing. 12 ounces of thank you. Enjoy!"

We are across from one another at her kitchen table and the initial Crack not only sent a spurt of liquid flying, but it gave me an opportunity to show her the brimful craft CAN phenomenon. The Glug produced a finger of puffy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy pale yellow, SRM = 3. Nose had what I refer to as a musty scent that I find indicative of Saison yeast, however, The Old Lady says spicy and that musty suggests oxidation. I am not postulating oxidation, plus I agree with her on the spiciness which we agree is yeast-driven. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of black pepper, which she characterizes as soft, not sharp. Finish had a lime citrusiness along with a cheesiness, like sharp cheddar. I mark it as somewhere between a Biere de Garde and a Saison, but closer to this site's style description of a Saison.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Mikecap
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale, straw yellow color with a very lively carbonation and a thin, white head. Spice and citrus aroma; lemon and coriander; bready. Initial flavors are like the aroma with peppery flavors and a touch of hop bitterness added to the mix. Light bodied; crisp, clean, and dry finish.

A very nice, easy drinking anniversary ale. Tart and lively, nice depth and complexity for a light-bodied beer, and would go well with some Mexican or sea food dishes.

Photo of bigotecircus
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

The beer that singlehandedly changed my outlook on saisons.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a golden color that shows a clear, pale-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice, light mix of grassy grain, grassy / herbal hops at first blush, but a second take sees me noticing more of a fruity hop character; the latter leans towards lychee, juicy fruit bubble gum (accentuated by the yeast character), candied citrus zest, Meyer lemon, and just an expressively floral, tropical fruit character. The malt character has a wholesome, though supporting, note of pale wheat crackers, and dried straw.<p>

Nicely effervescent and quite light bodied, the beer is definitely meant for quaffing. There is a nice hoppiness here that is restrained in its bitterness, but quite expressive with flavors of lychee, floral citrus notes, guava notes, and quite a bit of peach character. Much of the fruitiness is accentuated by the yeast character which provides a floral fruit edge, as well as some sweet accentuating clove notes, some peppery spice character (also contributed by the hops), as well as some turpene like character in the finish that accentuates the herbal hop bite side of the hop flavors. As the beer warms up the fermentation character becomes more prominent; clove, spicy phenols, white pepper, and perhaps a touch of young ginger are all a bit more noticeable and play a bit more equal footing with the hop character.<p>

Perhaps not the most perfectly executed Saison, but the fact that this is below 6%, is nicely hoppy, quite light, and restrained in all the right ways means I am enjoying this quite a bit more than I was expecting. The yeast character is more clove and phenolic than austere, biting, and musty, so I doubt a Dupont derived yeast strain was used here.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i had no idea these guys have been around so long. congrats to them, they have almost always impressed me, even with everyday styles, so good on them! this is a cool release, a canned saison in an affordable sixer, we need more of these for sure. this one is quite light drinking, extremely well carbonated, and more of the french saison yeast, white wine notes as it finishes, i have brewed with similar strains before and recognize it right away. the grain bill seems straightforward too, mostly wheat but something else just a bit more robust as well. maybe some torrified wheat or rolled oats for body and just a hit of sweetness. it gives the saison yeast something to cling to, a launching pad of sorts, and the result is a full flavored but light drinking beer much different from the usual sixer of pale ale or something, but familiar enough to perhaps even turn newcomers to the style on to it. not as farmed out or funkadellic as others, but its not supposed to be. quality stuff here.

Photo of alaimoa
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Extra can thrown in on a trade not sure of date. Drank from can so not sure of the appearance but I imagine its fine. Smells very nice with a citrus, pine, yeastiness. Taste has an upfront barnyard with some faint pine but overall not a whole lot of depth. Easily drinkable though. Feels a bit chewier that some of the saisons I've had and leans toward the medium thickness.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served in a Prairie teku glass

A – Light golden color, slightly hazy, 2 fingers of firm white foam, awesome lacing and very good retention.

S – Pepper yeast, grassy hops, delicate floral hops, sweet pilsner malts, lemon, acidic grapes, cantaloupe melon, smells kinda like a pinot grigio, light funky yeast kicks in as it warms,

T – Peppery yeast lined with a lemon citrus kick, white pinot grapes, grassy hops, firm pilsner malt base, finishes crisp and clean.

M – Medium carbonation for the style, full medium body, dry and crisp finish.

Hits all the right notes. Very pretty beer. It could have been a bit drier but I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Saison '88 25th Anniversary Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.