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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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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 9.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beergoot on 07-22-2013)
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ZoomanCru

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2.2/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 22:13:11 | More by ZoomanCru
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Saison '88 25th Anniversary Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.