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Saison Sauvin - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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87
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 14
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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evilkalla

Alabama

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

02-16-2014 06:33:50 | More by evilkalla
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-09-2014 04:11:37 | More by Krakpoff
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BierJager89

California

4.56/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

01-18-2014 19:36:23 | More by BierJager89
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-09-2014 16:07:16 | More by Whiskeydeez
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LoveStout

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-29-2013 20:50:31 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-29-2013 20:23:56 | More by djrn2
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StJamesGate

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Slightly hazy bronze-tinged brass with clingy loose snowy foam that trails.
Slight barnyard and white vinegar, lemon zest, and spicy Chardonnay grapiness.
Saltines, those little yellow tropical fruit I can never remember the name of and papaya, some yeasty earth and slight clove, and serious grapefruit rind hops with hints of pineapple, mango and white grape.
Lemondrop ending and loong tart bitter linger.
Creamy but crisp, light, lively, flinty.

Been waiting to taste this one for a while, but it's not the best showcase of Nelson I've had. Not the biggest yeast profile, either, so not the most saison-y. Though there is fruit, between the yeast and IBUs it's pretty lean. But it is also balanced, easy to drink, and a credit to a top brewery.

12-25-2013 15:05:10 | More by StJamesGate
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-14-2013 00:39:17 | More by BrazilianAussie
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-01-2013 15:10:13 | More by uturn
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LambicKing

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-09-2013 19:53:26 | More by Hanzo
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TallSaint

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-14-2013 12:10:27 | More by TallSaint
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-12-2013 23:04:07 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-07-2013 16:19:01 | More by jaydoc
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tzieser

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-05-2013 23:23:08 | More by tzieser
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Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-03-2013 15:42:58 | More by Whatup14
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Liquoric3

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-27-2013 21:38:24 | More by Liquoric3
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-19-2013 22:45:52 | More by peensteen
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance: A bold golden/orange color to this brew. There is a medium bodied murkiness. Low head on the pour and close to zero retention while drinking. A pretty saison.

Smell: The belgian influences on this beer are felt right away. Exotic, wild yeast greets the nose with plenty of leafy greens, bread accents, and spices. There is a really solid hop base provided from the Nelson Sauvin hops which add plenty of depth to this aroma.

Taste: The front is a rather mild hop sweetness which yields to a much more present yeast body. Leafy greens and medium to dark fruits jump all over the palate. The back end and finish of the beer is a pleasant mix of starchy dryness and hop sweetness. Some slight alcohol sting is felt on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice transitions of hops and yeast accents. Finish is slightly hot but drinks very easily.

Overall: Nelson Sauvin hops fit right in with this Saison. Bright exotic yeast tones surprise the palate and the hops beat it up pretty well. A great change of pace beer, enjoyed sipping on this one.

08-06-2013 21:56:00 | More by KFBR392
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TeddyBrew

New York

4.83/5  rDev +25.1%

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!

08-04-2013 03:43:54 | More by TeddyBrew
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rcjennings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-16-2013 13:42:03 | More by rcjennings
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-11-2013 02:04:10 | More by tbryan5
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-24-2013 17:37:00 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-20-2013 19:25:55 | More by Kirk
Saison Sauvin from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.