Saison '88 25th Anniversary Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
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
10-12-2013 01:56:01 | More by russpowell
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
03-05-2014 17:56:15 | More by StonedTrippin
3.56/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
08-31-2013 20:03:16 | More by Gueuzedude
3.61/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
08-05-2013 03:29:06 | More by woodychandler
3.76/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-20-2013 18:32:08 | More by LXIXME
3.69/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
09-25-2013 23:54:34 | More by tone77
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
05-17-2014 10:50:02 | More by Pegasus
3.15/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
08-28-2013 23:38:05 | More by Beaver13
4.16/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
02-13-2014 17:23:41 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
02-18-2014 21:37:00 | More by Monkeyknife
3.66/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-21-2014 22:20:14 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Saison '88 25th Anniversary Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.