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Saison Sauvin - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 169
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: three finger thin frothy head on a slightly hazy golden with amber hue body.

S: green apple, grape, yeast, earthy hops and spices.

T: fairly strong almost boozy presence up front which become medicinal with herbal and earthy hop notes. tart and bitter citrus finish.

M: medium body with moderate to high carbonation. dry finish.

Overall: not quiet as drinkable as I like my saisons. This one is strong up front and it barely lets up in the finish. However, this one grows on you.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 Wired Brewing is showing off their prowess with an array of beer styles, techniques, and ingredients. With the saison style driving the bus as one of the fastest growing of all beer styles, it's somewhat predictable for this semi-infant brewery to take a stab at this zesty, fruity, and dry ale. What's not predictable is the inquisitive use of obscure Nelson Sauvin hops.

Saison Sauvin opens with a semi-hazed pour of sunset golden hue that demonstrates proudly the yeasty workhorses that belie the beer. A nearly rocky ecru head separates from the beer underneath and caps the beer with confidence and semi-clumped lace. It's the spirited carbonation that fuels the foam stance and gives the beer a champagne-like appearance.

Bright and zesty to the nose, the beer's balance of dry fruit and peppery spice is on prominent display while the underpinning of crisp malt aromas offer soft cracker-like breads and the herbal hop tones offer a tinge of earth and must.

Fruity esters and the understated malt richness gives an early impression of sweetness, but without any of the weight that's associated with sweetness. Instead, the dry malt taste seems lightly wheaty and mildly of wet barley and is the perfect springboard for the apple, pear, juniper, and tropical fruit flavors from which to bounce. Not to be outdone, the twig-lke flavor of spicy phenols and hops counter with the thin acidity of lemony sassafras and sprucy gin. Mild citric bitterness refreshes the palate as the rustic earthy notes of sandalwood and minerals round into the taste of light sea salt and musty brine. The Nelson Sauvin hops are a great variant from the norm and complement the traditional flavors of saison very well.

Never weighted on the palate, the ample carbonation erupts off the tongue and seemingly never allows the beer to touch. the beer bounces from bubble to bubble and us ushered down the gullet before I prepare for the finish- the beer is gone. It seems to dissolve off the tongue like cotton candy, but with a return of dry fruitiness, peppery spice, and mild alcohol warmth.

8 Wired is having no trouble hitting all the stronger chords of the saison style and will be a crowd pleasing ale for the full refreshment of the upcoming summer season. As true farmhouse ales are intended, hot weather beacons for this beer!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a huge, four finger head of white foam with some big, fish eye bubbles in it. The body is a hazy, golden color and the foam settles slowly and leaves fairly thick lace on the glass.

S - A very herbal/floral aroma with notes of bready malt, lavender, clove, pepper, and pear.

T - Dense, sweet malt up front with notes of bread, clove and pepper. Some more diverse spice notes in the middle with lavender, chamomile, nutmeg, and more pepper. The hop character show up towards the finish with a slightly pine note and a bit of grapefruit which fits in well with the pepper and almost mango like flavors of the yeast.

M - A thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The malt is too thick and the sweetness excessive, but those are my only two complaints in an otherwise interesting and well made beer. The yeast and/or hop profile is really unique with variations on the traditional saison characteristics that are a bit different from anything I have ever had in a beer before. Really worth a try if you have the chance.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this - enjoyed chilled in a pint glass.

The color is golden with hazed peachy hues and thick snowy cap with fine bead. Lace sticks in a random way, retention is good. The smell is very tropical up front with some gooseberry and slight sweet grassy odors in the nose with a hint of mango and citrus to round out the aroma. The feel is slightly bitter with moderately high carbonation and mild sweetness with a subtle astringency and light alcohol in the dry finish.

The taste is very good with some hop flavors blending with the fruit tinges in the yeast flavor which is augmented by a slight clove taste. There is a mild herbal and citrus zest flavor in the hops with the light tangy yeast accents providing good cohesion with some dry cracker-like toasted grain underneath. The finish is slightly creamy with yeast as it warms with a mild spicy flavor from the hops. Overall I think this works well as the Nelson Sauvin hops are a good compliment for the saison yeast. This is a full flavored hoppy saison that will satisfy those who like saisons or ipas.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/9/12

A just a slight chill haze in a golden orange body, tiny slow bubbles feed a very well sustained massive head that ever so slowly falls to a thick film leaving soapy rings of lace well down the glass

S tropical punch bowl going on here, passion fruit, grapefruit, guava and pineapple with the vinous Sauv Blanc notes that make this hop so unique. the yeast is quite nice with some dusty funk with a little spice, cereals, and very faint pine with just a hint of booze, smells wonderful

T lime and lemon rind I didn't pick up on the nose but everything else is slightly toned down, not quite as tropical but that still leaves it pretty fruity, a little caramel but not much, tasted very good but I preferred the nose

M medium bodied and just a little airy but its no issue, leaves just a little behind and has a mellow bite, long finish of spicy rind

O I really liked this one, something different and I'm loving the Nelson Sauvin hops, I was close to a 5 for smell but couldn't quite drop it so perhaps a little higher score here

look out for this one it a winner, if you see it drink it. I see the BB date a couple years away so that leaves me wondering

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Photo of dgilks
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours gold with a very slight haze under a rocky, volcanic 3” white foam collar that erupts above the rim of the glass without pouring off onto the table. A small dollop of foam remains in the glass to the very end. S: A berry tropical fruit white wine nose emerges from the foam. T: Fruity berry and white wine flavors ride a mild malt backbone. the saison yeast flavors accentuate the hop character. The white wine and berry flavors become more pronounced in the aftertaste as the malt flavors fade. F: Very effervescent, medium high to high carbonation O: A very enjoyable, well made saison.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly fruity aroma, coupled with that typical funkiness of a saison.

T: Tasted of the aforementioned barnyard funk, along with some spices, malt, some hops, and a big shot of light, tropical fruits. This last element, which is definitely not typical of the style, somehow adds to the flavor. A vibrant, interesting flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a crisp, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not your average saison - the hops and fruit see to that - but a refreshingly sweet beer.

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Photo of ccrida
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
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).

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Photo of tbeckett
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Volcanicbeat. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a golden colour. Spotty lace was left from the one finger fluffy white head and a good film of retention. Decent carbonation.

S - Really fruity, sweet tropical fruits and some sweet grain.

T - Really juicy. Smooth fruity flavours. Tropical fruit, mango, pear.

M - Nice carbonation, medium bitterness and a medium body.

O/D - If you're down with Nelson Sauvin you'll like this. It's not really a Saison but it's a good beer. Really tasty with no hint of 7%.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a chalice

Thanks to Keanlacrosse for sharing

A fluffy white cap sits atop a golden orange body. A slight haze hangs over the beer with some minor bubbles pushing their way through.

Some spicy white pepper notes, earthy tones from the hops, and fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. There is a little bit of horse blanket funk laying low.

The earthiness from the hops is prominent and is complemented well by the horse blanket funk. Some fruity notes pop from the Belgian yeast. As this warms, the flavors really meld together, but nothing truly overwhelms me.

On the lighter side of medium with a good amount of dryness in the finish. A little bit of fruitiness pokes through the earthy bitterness.

This is a very good saison that features a hop that complements the flavors of a saison very well. Solid on all fronts.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

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Saison Sauvin from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.