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Saison Sauvin - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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87
very good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 15
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 07-22-2011

Saisons have been around for ages. Traditionally brewed by Belgian and French farmers to provide refreshment during harvest. I'm guessing that flavour wasn't a main concern back then; the priority was to provide a beverage that was safe to drink, because water usually wasn't. Never the less, over time they developed a beverage chrarissed by beer geeks of the modern world. The alcohol content was low, so the workers could consume enough to keep hydrated and still perform their job: To load the barn with enough barley for next years brewing season. I bet these hardworking, humble farmers never imagined, that centuries later, their style of brewing would inspire brewers from all over the world. As all our beers, this is a very modern, you might say new world, interpretation of this style. Based on the tradition we have used a French Saison yeast, which provides a plethora of funky, earthy, very "Belgian" flavours. From there we have upped the ante a fair bit by doubling the amount of malt, and thereby the alcohol, and loaded the kettle with punchy Nelson Sauvin hops. Unlike the original, this is not a beer meant to be drunk by the gallon. Moderation is the key for full enjoyment of all great beers.

50 IBU
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Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 66
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I recommend caution, and a big thirsty towel, when opening this - the bottle I sampled fizzed like New Year’s champagne. Strong aroma is fruity, mainly apple with a little pear and a hint of orange, and quite yeasty. It pours a pretty clear golden amber with a very thick cream-white head. Crisp, fruity, sour flavor has notes of apple, grapefruit, malt and pear and a pinch of yeast. Smooth texture has not much fizz but good body.

Photo of Decko
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw colour with a slightly wispy head. The aroma is unmistakeably passion fruit to me. A bit overpowering in fact. The taste follows the nose but with the earthiness coming through a little stronger in the taste. Too fruity for my liking and I probably wouldn't go for it again. The alcohol is well disguised by the flavours.

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow gold with a light greenish tinge and a slight haze. Moderate amount of tiny bubbles. Huge 4 fingers of almost blue tinged head (like some old ladys' hair). It has large and small bubbles, and looks almost glass like, the consistency of sugar caramelizing on the stove.


S: Light fruitiness like fresh red plums, lemon, light herbal notes, children’s aspirin.


T: Again, fresh plums, children’s aspirin, light herbal notes, light astringent notes. Really covers the alcohol.


M: Smooth, light, champagne like, little fine carbonation. Dry, tannic finish.


O: Excellent saison from New Zealand. Reminds me of Saison Dupont. Smooth, well crafted. Got in Thailand, drank in Kunming China Jan 3rd 2014.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Really bitter, super carbed. It's just meh.

Photo of thezach
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

500mL bottle, no freshness date.

Frothy fluffy white head that lasts and lasts. A bit of an odd flavor (that's "flavour" for you Kiwis), that must have something to do with the caramunich and aromatic malts. I love the complexity though, and the sweetness and body added by the specialty malts really complements the dry, peppery character of the yeast. Effervescent carbonation, lively, and prickly. Very bitter, considering it says only 50 IBUs for a 7% beer, I was surprised, but it must be a result of the dry, light body. Oh, the hops. They're peppery, vinous, spicy, fruity. It's tough to pick them apart from the yeast, but who cares, the flavors work together to perfection. A great saison, and one of the better uses of Nelson Sauvin.

Photo of alphagnome
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Light orange-colored body, incredibly cloudy, topped by a porous, finger-thick off-white head. Great retention and solid carbonation.

Aroma:
Potent tart character and decent fruit and spice - coriander and pepper. Orange, grapefruit, and kiwi take over the aroma-scape with a decent herbal punch on the tail end. It's all over the place, but I really like it for this reason!

Taste:
Dry, bitter, and tart. Very earthy hop presence. Grass, Lemon and pepper. Not much funk, but if you're caught off-guard, it could make you pucker. Alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall:
A unique entry in the style. It's definitely more bitter than most, but points for originality. Due to it's heavier body, I'd have a hard time pouring one of these to accompany me while I'm workin' the grill, but it's worth grabbing for a cold day by the fire.

Photo of SebD
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick bubbly off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pungent grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, some peppery spices, light grass and faint yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grapefruit, lemon, light pepper, some funk, a touch of grassiness and some yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Photo of skipxtracer
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great saison. So happy to find this in San Diego at best damn beer shop. Poured cloudy dark yellow with a huge white head. Really fruity nose with lime citrus notes. Yeasty delicious taste. Great start to a five course Nelson sauvin tasting! :)

Photo of admiral
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Saison - an enjoyable drinking experience

aroma: peach, spice and white wine

taste: peach, spice, pepper, white wine, melon and citrus with hints of honey, smoke and watermelon.

well balanced and smooth with a nice dry/bitter finish - delicious

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

always keen for anything with nelson hops, but this is an odd saison. clear for one, throws me off, bright goldenrod yellow, with zero yeasty haze and a lot of rising bubbles amassing into a thick white head. the nose is nelson indeed, but in more of a buttering role than i have seen them in before. they are still tropical and floral and unique, but they seem to add a bit more bitterness then usual, maybe a longer boil time on them. french saison yeast also adds a wine character to the nose and the taste, an interesting choice for sure. lots of bitterness for a saison, seems to be exacerbated by this yeast. i expected a softer use of nelson, but this was not what i expected at all. well made for sure, but the bitterness is surprising, and not what this hop is known for. lots of malt body too, maybe more than just wheat. the clarity is also puzzling. tasty and different, but as a saison its definitely weird. good carbonation and refreshment value. a little pricey for what it is, but ill bet this is one thats a whole lot more enjoyable fresh where its made.

Photo of Chico1985
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml poured to a tulip glass. Been wanting to try an 8 Wired beer for a while now.

Appearance - Hazy, somewhat dull orange color. White head starts at about a finger, ends with a mostly full cap. Some strands of lace here and there.

Smell - Mostly just Nelson Sauvin hops coming through here, which bring grapefruit juice, lime, white grape and light earthy funkiness. There is just a bit of yeast and grains present. Nice, though could use more complexity.

Taste - Mostly follows the smell, mostly all about those hops, a little less pungent and discernible though. Less 'funk', but still a good mix of grapefruit/citrus fruits and herbal/earthy flavors with a general oddball vibe about them. Again, really not much for a saison base except some slight yeasty and grainy tones.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat hefty body for the style/ABV with lowish carbonation. Low bitterness and average drinkability.

Overall - A decent example of the unique Nelson Sauvin hops, not much more to it though, it may as well be an IPA rather than a saison. Not bad, but comes off as a little boring.

Photo of evilkalla
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle bought at a grocery store in Blenheim on the South Island in New Zealand.

A: poured a yellow color, pale orange, with about a quarter inch of head. Poured clear, was not cloudy as others have noted.

S: spicy and earthy, hints of grass and pepper and lemon. Very very good.

T: has a somewhat earth yeasty character, with strong hints of pineapple and grapefruits. Slightly hot with alcohol. Peppery. Very nice. The NZ hops definitely set this one apart from other beers in this style.

M: about the right level of carbonation, and just about perfect thickness.

O: this is very good beer. We are on vacation here so I'm glad I saw it and snagged a bottle.

Photo of BierJager89
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, earthy orange with a creamy off-white head.

S: Sweet mango, pineapple, peach, and apricot in the nose.

T: Beautifully dry, spicy, mango, apple, apricot and pineapple.

M: Medium-light bodied, and fairly smooth.

O: The flavor Nelson Sauvin hops impart the most, at least to me, is pineapple, and I love it. This beer is exactly what a saison should be. Hoppy, light, but full in tropical or citric fruit flavor.

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy bronze-tinged brass with clingy loose snowy foam that trails.
Slight barnyard and white vinegar, lemon zest, and spicy Chardonnay grapiness.
Saltines, those little yellow tropical fruit I can never remember the name of and papaya, some yeasty earth and slight clove, and serious grapefruit rind hops with hints of pineapple, mango and white grape.
Lemondrop ending and loong tart bitter linger.
Creamy but crisp, light, lively, flinty.

Been waiting to taste this one for a while, but it's not the best showcase of Nelson I've had. Not the biggest yeast profile, either, so not the most saison-y. Though there is fruit, between the yeast and IBUs it's pretty lean. But it is also balanced, easy to drink, and a credit to a top brewery.

Photo of KFBR392
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bold golden/orange color to this brew. There is a medium bodied murkiness. Low head on the pour and close to zero retention while drinking. A pretty saison.

Smell: The belgian influences on this beer are felt right away. Exotic, wild yeast greets the nose with plenty of leafy greens, bread accents, and spices. There is a really solid hop base provided from the Nelson Sauvin hops which add plenty of depth to this aroma.

Taste: The front is a rather mild hop sweetness which yields to a much more present yeast body. Leafy greens and medium to dark fruits jump all over the palate. The back end and finish of the beer is a pleasant mix of starchy dryness and hop sweetness. Some slight alcohol sting is felt on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice transitions of hops and yeast accents. Finish is slightly hot but drinks very easily.

Overall: Nelson Sauvin hops fit right in with this Saison. Bright exotic yeast tones surprise the palate and the hops beat it up pretty well. A great change of pace beer, enjoyed sipping on this one.

Photo of TeddyBrew
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a few bottles at City Beer and San Francisco. Expensive! $10.99 for a bottle marked 1 pint, .9 fluid oz.

This is so good I had to review it right away. Pours a pleasant cloudy colour. Fuller mouthfeel than many saisons I have tried. Nice subtle spices come through. Great balance. This one is just a great beer!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden hay color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of fruity hops with nice floral hay undertones. Taste is a refreshing and complex mix of fruity hoppy notes with some dry floral notes with a solid addition of rustic malt with well balanced sweetness level. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Complex, refreshing and well balanced beer from a great brewer.

Photo of mick303
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 'very fresh' bottle had at BrewDog Edinburgh into one of their teku glasses. This was a hazy yellow orange colour with some whispey film and lacing, unfiltered, good crisp carbonation.

Hits off with strong aromas of lemon and apple with some definite hay-like farmyard funk aromas, very fruity forward though. Like fruit punch with the strong tropical note, but the yeast notes develop in the glass and come forward more.

The taste has a strong mango note with some more subtle tropical fruit like passion fruit. Some more yeasty notes in the background mostly contributing to a full yeast 'feel' to it to remind you its a saison not a super-fruity IPA. Overall quite good, the NZ hops add a different take on the style. Mouthfeel was adequate and firm enough. Left a finish of drying fruit with some of the hay and field notes as well. An enjoyable offering that I would have again. My first from 8 wired.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden amber in color with some orange highlights and significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that is just a touch creamy and slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spices (black pepper) and tropical/passionfruit hops. There is almost a light amount of sourness/funkiness in the aroma which is from the hops - they are described as having a gooseberry aroma to them.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts - slightly stronger than I expected for this style. There is a moderate amount of spicy/black pepper from the yeast. Light to moderate flavors of tropical/passionfruit and gooseberry from the hops - there is also a light hint of sourness as well. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry, almost chalky, in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and a great showcase for one of my favorite hops. Really enjoy hoppy saisons and this one does not disappoint. Definite would get this one again and it is an easy drinker.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color with some amber hues and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of passionfruit and hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really accentuates the aromas and flavors of the Nelson Sauvin hops but is a lot easier to drink compared to an IPA.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is god darn good looking beer right here. Nice golden color, mostly clear, huge white, sticky head. Head just doesn't go away. Great lacing. Should've taken a picture.

Aroma was hard to capture because I stuck my nose too far in and snorted some goodness. That tingles! But, I did get some nice esters, spice, white grape and subtle biscuit malt.

This has a nice balance to it, but a bit of booze creeps in to thin out the flavors. Biscuit is nice. White grape and white pepper seem to be the forerunners. Esters and some herbal spice here and there. The sauvin is bold and easy. Kinda like this hop

Feel could use a bit more carbonation to lift the malt and gamey part of the hops. The booze thins it out a bit, too. Otherwise a real nice beer

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunburst color with a rocky white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of grassy and citrus hops with a little funk.

Tastes of the funkiness with some pepper notes along with a good helping of malt. Grassy and light fruit notes lead off. Citrus comes through and compliments some of the fruitiness. A solid malt body develops and gives some grainy sweetness along with bread notes. A bit of pepper comes through on the backend to round everything out.

Mouthfeel is medium with slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, I quite like this and just wish it was a little cheaper, I paid $10 for a half liter.

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very fresh aroma, white wine notes. Big and bubbly head on a blond body. A good mouthfeel, hoppy which leads to a dry bitter finish. Tropical fruit, honeyish. Yeast is there, but it is a minority of the flavours. Superb drinkability. Worth seeking out.
John's bottle, thanks.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Vintage Estate in Boardman, Ohio on our way back from DLD 2012. Served in a Mikasa tulip. Pours a fairly-cloudy orange color with some light copper highlights. Nice foamy off-white head with good retention and some nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as it goes down. The nose brings some classic Nelson with a good dose of white grape and all around fruitiness. Yeast has some light spice and nice fruit. Body is light-medium with moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol along with a smooth bitterness. Quite nice.

Photo of BrewerMike
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled during a beer tasting at Streetcar Wines and Beer in JP, and then immediately bought a bottle. This is quite an interesting beer. It does not shout, "Saison!" but it is nonetheless pretty amazing. Pours a crisp, crystal clear golden straw color with a substantial head that remains throughout the entire session. The aroma is a straight blast of grapefruit. You'd think you're about to drink grapefruit juice. Crazy! The mouthfeel is creamy up front and then somewhat prickly and dry on the finish. Very nicely balanced but more bitter than malty for sure. More grapefruit in the flavor with some lemon zest and other citrusy notes. The dry finish leaves you immediately wanting another sip, and therefore I shall take one! The is a very drinkable and intriguing beer. Tastes more like an IPA with just a twinge of saison flavor/earthiness hidden in the background. This beer really shocked me, since I wasn't expecting this hop character. If I wanted to be critical, I'd ding this beer for not being what I'd expect to be a saison. It's really an IPA brewed with saison yeast from my perspective. But I don't want to ding the beer because I liked it so much. I definitely recommend this, but don't go in expecting a traditional saison.

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