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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
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78 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beergoot on 07-22-2013)
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Reviews by mastodonj:
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4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

mastodonj, Sep 19, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Tiernan, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  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.

Beaver13, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of kwkdmk
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

kwkdmk, May 09, 2014
Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

timontheroad, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

sgttibbs, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Schlafly33, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Auraan, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

LXIXME, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +10.2%

ONovoMexicano, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

hsus0225, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

schmidtmattsays, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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

russpowell, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of dengl004
4/5  rDev +10.2%

dengl004, Jun 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

bmurray10, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

tone77, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Elicoleman, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

texasdrugaddict, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
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

RonaldTheriot, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

keenanite21, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ToMakeEndsMeet, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Pegasus
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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

chefbigjon, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JohnBender, Mar 30, 2014
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Saison '88 25th Anniversary Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.