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Saison Sauvin - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 13
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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ScottP

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -48.1%

01-01-2013 23:48:03 | More by ScottP
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f_raud

California

2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

07-10-2014 06:38:18 | More by f_raud
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dpasotti

Indiana

2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazed brass color with massive creamy head. Solid lacing. Fantastic aroma of peach, grape, lemon, fresh flowers, sweet spice, and a bit of vanilla. Very complex and distinctive; hard to describe.

The flavor surprisingly diverges from the aroma a lot, and not in a good way. There's very little of the fruity and fresh nose; instead it is dominated by an abrasive weird funk (not a Brett funk). Very earthy in a one-dimensional way. Apparently I am not a fan of Nelson Sauvin, at least as a flavor hop. Finishes very dry and on the bitter side.

Medium-high carbonation and med-low body. Thin, but not refreshing. On the whole, I am disappointed with this beer, and possibly with the hop strain. Will have to try a different Nelson-centric beer to confirm. I had very high hopes when I smelled this, but the taste was just completely different. Won't be back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:04:26 | More by dpasotti
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

11-03-2012 04:59:02 | More by oldp0rt
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.1%

06-03-2012 00:09:18 | More by jaidenjb
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Hultkrantz

Sweden

3/5  rDev -22.1%

06-16-2013 09:32:50 | More by Hultkrantz
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kojevergas

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beerflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Having tried the Sultan, I'm excited for this beer.

A: Pours a half finger head, quite thin, with little cream, and of average retention. Colour is a semitransparent textbook copper. It's generally appealing for the style, but far from special or unique.

Sm: Lightly funky, with bright malts as the foundation. Some bright esters - maybe pear? Light orange? A pleasant and inviting aroma, but one I can't quite put my finger on. A bit yeasty. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: More malty than expected. Some pear and perhaps passion fruit. Definitely esters, and I can't pin the dominant one - though I know I know it. It's a citrusy fruit ester that isn't orange, lemon, or lime. No alcohol comes through. It's a touch hoppy for the style, but luckily no bitterness comes through. Pretty well balanced and interestingly built for a saison. I do enjoy it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but sharp on the third act. Too thick all around - likely resulting from too much malt in the recipe. A saison should be smooth, light, and highly drinkable. This isn't.

Dr: Drinkable, and well built - challenging (to an extent) conventions of the style. I like it but it's too costly (at least here in the states) for me to consider purchasing again. Fans of the style should weigh in, but for a stout lover like me it's not particularly impressive. Still, it remains an enjoyable beer in spite of its flaws.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:26:04 | More by kojevergas
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dgilks

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber-orange colour with a thick, fluffy, long-lasting, light tan head. Nice.

Nice, restrained Nelson Sauvin hop aroma with great gooseberry and grape notes. This is backed up by a moderate spicy and lightly citrusy yeast note. Good.

Very light malt with a lot of hop bitterness. Some citrus and a touch of phenolic but this is overly bitter with a harsh finish that shouldn't be there.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Somewhat astringent.

This is the reason why Saison should be brewed with low alpha hops. The high alpha bitterness from the Nelson Sauvin rips through this beer and makes it difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 08:46:55 | More by dgilks
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

01-17-2013 05:29:44 | More by spycow
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LambicKing

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

11-17-2013 02:18:57 | More by LambicKing
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cletusdog

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

02-12-2013 00:26:55 | More by cletusdog
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VinsanityDiesel

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-09-2014 21:29:44 | More by VinsanityDiesel
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LoveStout

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

12-29-2013 20:51:52 | More by LoveStout
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aakerman

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-03-2014 18:43:52 | More by aakerman
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 16:03:15 | More by Thorpe429
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joecast

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden amber. Shines bright from room lighting. Huge frothy white head. Great stability and lacing. High carbonation gives it a sparkling appearance.

Some pungent Belgian aromatics. Slightly funky, a bit yeasty, and some faint hops in the background. Pretty heavy. Aroma is strong with this one.

Definitely new world saison here. Big one two punch from the yeast and hops. Both are strong, but stop short of being overpowering or dominating. The combination though is something to be reckoned with. Not a big fan of hoppy Belgians but this isn't as full on as some others and while this is a not so subtle variation, I can still sense a trueish saison in there somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 04:36:16 | More by joecast
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-09-2013 22:25:36 | More by getbehindthemule
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-10-2014 23:18:56 | More by ygtbsm94
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IHyphySF

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-15-2012 05:06:13 | More by IHyphySF
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-08-2013 20:39:28 | More by Mattias
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TheBadger0289

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-11-2013 01:22:06 | More by TheBadger0289
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Saison Sauvin from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.