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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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 3
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beergoot on 07-22-2013)
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Photo of ZoomanCru
2.2/5  rDev -39.6%
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 Bosoxfan20
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of alaimoa
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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 sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tone77
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mastodonj
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Saison '88 25th Anniversary Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.