Saison Sauvin - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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2.65/5 rDev -31.3%
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.
04-14-2012 01:04:26 | More by dpasotti
3.1/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
01-20-2012 02:26:04 | More by kojevergas
3.1/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
09-23-2011 08:46:55 | More by dgilks
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
12-15-2012 16:03:15 | More by Thorpe429
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
11-28-2011 04:36:16 | More by joecast
Saison Sauvin from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.