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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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Chieftog

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

02-09-2014 23:44:04 | More by Chieftog
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
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

Serving type: can

02-13-2014 17:23:41 | More by RonaldTheriot
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.11/5  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.

Serving type: can

02-08-2014 20:58:55 | More by StaveHooks
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mastodonj

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: can

09-18-2013 23:44:11 | More by mastodonj
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Auraan

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: can

01-05-2014 06:17:58 | More by Auraan
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-02-2014 17:16:30 | More by ONovoMexicano
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dengl004


4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-24-2014 20:30:34 | More by dengl004
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keenanite21

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-22-2013 22:52:27 | More by keenanite21
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jharris0624

Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-31-2014 02:53:30 | More by jharris0624
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bennetj17

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-18-2014 16:07:16 | More by bennetj17
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Leschber

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-11-2014 19:38:13 | More by Leschber
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 01:56:01 | More by russpowell
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beergoot

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 21:15:14 | More by beergoot
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Pegasus

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-17-2014 10:50:02 | More by Pegasus
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 17:56:15 | More by StonedTrippin
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 18:32:08 | More by LXIXME
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: can

12-19-2013 18:55:14 | More by alaimoa
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timontheroad

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-24-2014 02:00:47 | More by timontheroad
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-13-2013 14:27:11 | More by sgttibbs
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2013 03:31:31 | More by schmidtmattsays
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bmurray10

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-01-2014 02:19:31 | More by bmurray10
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texasdrugaddict

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-29-2013 00:38:08 | More by texasdrugaddict
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-18-2014 21:37:00 | More by Monkeyknife
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-02-2014 01:36:23 | More by Bosoxfan20
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

09-16-2013 04:51:54 | More by LambicPentameter
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Saison '88 25th Anniversary Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.