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Saison Sauvin - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Timmermans Flute glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Orangish amber color. Foggy appearance. White, very small size bubbled, froth. Close, thin layer, lasting crown. Herbal & spiced -hints of pepper & clove- aromas & grape juice notes. Fresh & crispy upfront. Sour & fruty flavor (pear & apricot). Funny palate. Medium to high body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Watery to oily texture. Slightly astringent & acidic touches in the middle linger into a dry finish. Refreshing & delightful.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +29.9%

TrickkyGangsta, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of gashe1
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Pours a clear golden with a slight tinge of red. Two fingers of off white head with good retention and lacing. The head dissipates slowly to about half a centimetre. It appears to be very carbonated due to both the bubbles and the large amount of head after a gentle pour.

S – Sweet malts, grassy, fruity erring on floral, a hint of coriander. In the background were some subtle hints of yeast and honey

T – Slight sweetness up front, with some apricot and peach, funk and dry grass, which gradually gives in to a hoppy bitter finish and a gentle acidity of orange/grapefruit peel. The nose doesn’t match the taste.

M –Medium body with a very dry finish, the carbonation is high as the appearance suggested.

O – A pleasant and refreshing beer, very drinkable. Bitterness is a bit overbearing for the style but would make for some pleasant spring drinking

gashe1, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
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
Photo of matjack85
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this 500ml brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for the hefty price of $10.99 a bottle. The beer is named for the use of Nelson Sauvin hops, which are used to brew this beer, and are native to New Zealand. No freshness date, but there is a 2 paragraph blurb about the beer on the side of the label.

The beer poured a hazy golden/apricot color with a creamy 1-finger white head that had decent retention and decent lacing.

Big earthy and herbal smell with underlying fruit and a touch of alcohol.

Earthy, herbal, and spicy hop flavor with moderate bitterness (50 IBU's). There's also a touch of fruit cocktail-like fruitiness underneath. For the most part it's pretty dry, despite the use of 5 different malts, but the fruits keep popping their heads up throughout the consumption.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, on the dry side, with moderate carbonation.

It's OK but not a favorite of mine, and with the high price tag I probably won't be buying this again.

matjack85, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev +3.9%

ms11781, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing take on a saison with a muted Sauvin edge.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Ochre label with name of the ale and branding of brewery and fade to a visual texture of grass over brown. Side narrative goes over history, intent, and main characteristics. Shows 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy gold pour, rich creamy head, good surface memory and touches of lacing.

S - Fresh nose, lightly yeasty and citric, with a spicy-peppery dash and a hint of tropical fruit.

T - Nice grassy feel over a malty flow with a sweet sense that dives under a soft insinuation of tropical fruit but more so touches of lemon, and spicy notes.

M - Medium with ample carbonation, nice lingering soft dry finish.

O - Very nice flow and take on a saison…

Notes: …although maybe I was hoping a bigger profile of the Nelson Sauvin hops. Still, well crafted and well worth trying, and revisiting.

Daniellobo, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of ccrida
4.85/5  rDev +26%
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
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

nickfl, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

kylehay2004, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -22.1%

jaidenjb, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Infamous7100
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Infamous7100, May 26, 2012
Photo of Trizzle
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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
Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Slatetank, May 23, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

BEERchitect, May 16, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

ColForbinBC, May 13, 2012
Photo of homebrewhawk
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Poured a bright gold with a couple of fingers of white head. Bottle conditioned. Pine and citrus in the aroma. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Fair amount of hop bitterness. Dry. More citrus. On the hoppy side, but in a good way. Very drinkable, but a little pricey.

homebrewhawk, May 12, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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%.

tbeckett, May 09, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

millerbuffoon, May 06, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

kaelingirl, May 04, 2012
Photo of PuFtonLyfe
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

PuFtonLyfe, May 01, 2012
Photo of seand
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange amber, with a large amount of foamy off-white head with big bubbles. Enough retains to leave nice clumps of lacing.

S: Fresh floral hops; very reminiscent of a white wine, which is not too surprising. Really nice.

T: Medium dry sweetness, with a slightly citrusy hop finish. The balance is nice, and while it's hoppy it's not overly bitter. It doesn't quite have the complexity or freshness promised by the aroma, though.

M: Medium body, dry, medium prickly carbonation.

Overall, nice, refreshing, and different. Something similar at 5% in reasonably priced 6-packs would have a good shot at being a go-to summer beer. It's a little strong for that purpose, but still very nice.

seand, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

avalon07, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Two fingers of generous head top a brilliant auburn beer. Hazy-clear. Good retention and lacing. Looks goods!

S: Not too much. Some spicy Belgian yeast, with hint of fruits and white pepper. Akin to a grainy BSPA.

T/M: Tasty! Round, soft tropical fruit from the Nelson Sauvin hops is highlighted by a moderate carbonation and light spiciness. Excellent mouthfeel. The maintaste at times can get a little funky, with some earthy/grassy overtones. Interesting, lively, and refreshing.

O: I really like this beer, but it's not amazing. Still, recommended, and I would drink semi-regularly were it not for the hefty price tag.

AgentMunky, Apr 16, 2012
Saison Sauvin from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.