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Saison Sauvin - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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87
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | 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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5/5  rDev +29.5%

TrickkyGangsta, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of ccrida
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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).

ccrida, Jun 15, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
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!

TeddyBrew, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy and slightly wine like. In the taste, a light green apple tartness and a nice earthy presence. A small tart bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry tart green apple to dry earth in the aftertaste. Nice tartness, earthy, and very nice!

OWSLEY069, Jul 03, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to @epiclurk for the bottle for my birthday. Shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a very dark, almost amber-copper colour, way off for a saison, with a pock-marked head of lazy white foam. Lacing is good—solid and consistent, forming in rings as the beer goes down. Body is light, especially for 7% ABV, but that probably goes with the slightly twisted New Zealand style.

Nose is, yeah, wow, getting freaky with shit. Huge Sauvin Kiwi hop character of passionfruit, biting green redolence and vinous acidity. But along with this is a slight bodily organic funk that lends savoury and unsavoury characters in a wonderfully anarchic mish-mash of hedonistic chaos. Oh hell yes you can do this with a saison thankyou.

Taste is... oh god it works, but it's so weird, and it bastardises a style I hold so dear. The saison funk and acidity is present, but it's warped and twisted with the slight acidity from the Nelson Sauvin hops, giving a perverted clinging bite to the basis of pancake sweetness, throwing up weird characters of smoky barbeque sauce, melon, passionfruit soaked in bourbon—it doesn't stop. Every sip gives you something weird and unique; pummeling you with characters that shouldn't exist, and then showing you just how awesomely they work. It's sacrilegious.

Holy shit, what a beer. It does something so wrong that turns out to be so right. It makes me want to cry into my glass—but whether I'm crying with joy or with sorrow, I can't tell.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 30, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

BrewerMike, Oct 12, 2012
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4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

BierJager89, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

tfidler, Apr 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

tzieser, Sep 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jul 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Imrite, Oct 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

PuFtonLyfe, May 01, 2012
Photo of Trizzle
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange hazed body with a generous head. Solid retention and lace.

Nose is monster interesting. Equal parts passionfruit and brett funk. A background hint of a rodenbach type sourness and some skittles and old wet timber.

So much going on in the mouth. Spicy, zesty funky and a just tart. loads of southern hemisphere hop flavour: passionfruit, green grape skin, mangos and what not. Just a touch of that vinegarry sourness hinted at in the nose and the brett is present all the way through.

Great tight carbonation and a more than solid malt body.

This is a quality Saison. Nelson Sauvin and Saison should become a classic.

Trizzle, May 23, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and bready malts with grapefruit, pineapple, and tropical hops with some Belgian yeast, spices, wheat, and lemon zest.

T - Starts off with some wheat and grainy malts with some lemon zest, grapefruit and tropical hops, and a touch of bitterness. Through the middle, some more lightly bready malts come through with some Belgian yeast, spices, and some spicy and floral hops with a bit more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, wheat, grapefruit and spicy hops, Belgian yeast, and lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and citrusy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice saison with some extra hops. Good overall balance.

ngeunit1, Sep 04, 2012
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4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Mebuzzard, May 08, 2013
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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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 08, 2013
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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.

evilkalla, Feb 16, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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! :)

skipxtracer, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

FadetoBock, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mtbdonn, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

BrazilianAussie, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

HALB, Jun 01, 2014
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.

thezach, Sep 15, 2014
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Saison Sauvin from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.