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Saison Sauvin - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: ADZA on 07-22-2011)
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ccrida

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +25.6%

500ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Saison Sauvin is pale auburn with a huge, frothy off-white head that is very slow to recede, leaving huge hunks of lace.

Smell is earthy and very herbal, fairly pungent hops, some fruity esters as well, which blossom with warmth.

Taste is also funky, earthy and herbal. This one is really heavy on the earth, in a good way, like damp forest floor, dark topsoil, fallen logs and moss. The herbal hop flavors are really accentuated by the yeast. Big pungency and bitterness. Lingering finish. Very nice new world saison, in the Belgian IPA style.

Mouthfeel is dry, spritzy, medium light bodied. A touch over carbonated, it's making me bury, but that is probably exaggerated due to the rapid rate with which I am compelled to suck it down!

Drinkability is awesome. A wow beer, and aligned very much with my favorite style (in fact, I regularly home brew a hoppy saison very similar, but with paler malt and west coast hops).

06-15-2012 02:51:35 | More by ccrida
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-11-2013 02:04:10 | More by tbryan5
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-25-2014 03:51:08 | More by FadetoBock
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-25-2012 01:25:31 | More by chickenm
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-29-2013 20:50:31 | More by acurtis
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BrewerMike

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

10-12-2012 00:24:51 | More by BrewerMike
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

500ml bottle. 8-Wired is 4 for 4 so far in my books, so, no pressure now...

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden straw hue, with two pudgy fingers of tight, foamy, creamy dirty white head, which leaves a decently consistent pocked wall of lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of prominent bready sourdough malt, bitter citrus rind, moderate tropical fruit, and further leafy, earthy hops. The taste is yeasty, doughy caramel malt, acridly bitter pithy citrus, some muddled guava and pedestrian orchard fruitiness, a few light white pepper notes, dowsed clove spiciness, and soft, floral, somewhat perfumed hops.

The carbonation is present, and well restrained, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, in that slight fruit acid-tinged sense. It finishes a smidge off-dry, the yeast, sassy fruit, and indulgently bitter leafy, citrusy, and even piney hops all hanging out until last call.

An amped-up saison, this much is for certain - they proclaim as such on the label, and do not fail to deliver, as the subtle wheat characteristics give way to a heady, hoppy, rather New World treatment. No biggie, just the machinations of a Danish (gypsy, seemingly by nature) brewer setting up shop in rural New Zealand. You gotta expect this sort of thing. I choose to embrace it.

09-09-2012 04:41:31 | More by biboergosum
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-15-2014 01:44:01 | More by Griffith
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

02-19-2013 03:21:07 | More by Sammy
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alphagnome

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

07-13-2014 22:17:19 | More by alphagnome
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-22-2012 02:27:10 | More by Gonzoillini
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

A: Pours a hazy, honey, golden color. It's has a slight head with little to no lacing.
S: Aromas of sweet malts and fruit hit me first, perhaps pear or apple? This blends nicely with some lemony citrus notes that are accompanied by an earthy, grassy aroma.
T: this brew does well to follow the nose. At the front, the malts and fruits make themselves known but not in an overpowering fashion. Towards the middle and pack, the profile seems to change into the funky yeast flavors this style is known for. This is bit more pronounced than more traditional saisons. There is a slight bitterness that does well to break up the funk.
M: Light in body but highly carbonated. It's slight creamy but finishes with a tart and spicy hang.
O: It's an interesting brew and a cool interpretation on the style. I am not a huge funk guy and much prefer the more traditonal saisons but its nice to try something that expands your horizon. Give it a shot.

05-26-2012 00:59:06 | More by Infamous7100
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

01-22-2013 07:34:08 | More by beergorrilla
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

A - mildy hazy bright golden, tower of soapy head, retained endlessly with random lacing
S - sour citrus, grain, leafy, and some yeasty bread
T - starts tart with a surprisingly big kick of grapefruit rind hoppiness, cracked grain and a touch of pepper and sour fruit
M - medium body, prominent bitterness, spicy and medium dry finish
O - much more hoppy and spicy than many saisons i've tried to date, tasty and unique enough to make this a must try

09-09-2012 00:59:10 | More by joemcgrath27
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cwd

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-19-2013 14:43:52 | More by cwd
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bum732

Lesotho

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

S: Grassy, almost like grass clippings. Spicy, wine notes, pears, big hoppy wine notes overall.

L: Slightly hazy burnt orange, creamy white head with good retention and lacing.

T: Dry clean malt with a prominent wine hoppy backbone. Some spiciness and light grassy notes as the beer finishes very dry. Wine hoppy notes in the finish.

M: Medium full bodied, medium high carbonation. Big for the style, not as crisp.

Pretty good, enjoyed the NZ winey notes. Nice and dry overcomes the lack of crispness. Solid.

01-14-2012 23:03:36 | More by bum732
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Luweezy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-11-2013 02:05:11 | More by Luweezy
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows passionfruit, lychee and grapes. Underneath are funky notes and belgian phenols. Very fruity!
Similar flavours with fruity and piney hops alongside dry funky belgian spicy notes. The belgian characters are a bit too aggressive, mixing in with the hoppy bitterness to create a harsh finish.
Could use more carbonation.

02-20-2012 00:35:51 | More by CrazyDavros
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

06-07-2013 23:50:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

04-08-2013 01:12:01 | More by ocelot2500
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-01-2014 14:11:36 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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jpajpajeff

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-05-2012 06:45:21 | More by jpajpajeff
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a light, coppery color. Fingers worth of whiteish head, small for a saison. Aroma was herbally, with a fair amount of fruity esters, peach, some malty sweetness. Taste had some bittersweet tropical fruit notes, breadiness, yeasty notes. A peppery finish. Sort of a robust feel to it. Very creamy texture. Not wildly carbonated.

Overall, it's tasty. It's not the funky, light, effervescent Saison I've become accustomed to, but it's good in it's own right.

12-21-2011 03:19:10 | More by EgadBananas
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-07-2013 16:19:01 | More by jaydoc
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tfidler

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-08-2012 01:12:19 | More by tfidler
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Saison Sauvin from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.