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Saison Sauvin - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GraduatedCashew, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Kirk, Jun 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Hultkrantz, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Luweezy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Luweezy, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of mick303
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 'very fresh' bottle had at BrewDog Edinburgh into one of their teku glasses. This was a hazy yellow orange colour with some whispey film and lacing, unfiltered, good crisp carbonation.

Hits off with strong aromas of lemon and apple with some definite hay-like farmyard funk aromas, very fruity forward though. Like fruit punch with the strong tropical note, but the yeast notes develop in the glass and come forward more.

The taste has a strong mango note with some more subtle tropical fruit like passion fruit. Some more yeasty notes in the background mostly contributing to a full yeast 'feel' to it to remind you its a saison not a super-fruity IPA. Overall quite good, the NZ hops add a different take on the style. Mouthfeel was adequate and firm enough. Left a finish of drying fruit with some of the hay and field notes as well. An enjoyable offering that I would have again. My first from 8 wired.

mick303, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Kmat10, May 22, 2013
Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev +3.6%

cwd, May 19, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

dbrauneis, May 18, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

metter98, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

TheBadger0289, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DaPan, May 10, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Mebuzzard, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunburst color with a rocky white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of grassy and citrus hops with a little funk.

Tastes of the funkiness with some pepper notes along with a good helping of malt. Grassy and light fruit notes lead off. Citrus comes through and compliments some of the fruitiness. A solid malt body develops and gives some grainy sweetness along with bread notes. A bit of pepper comes through on the backend to round everything out.

Mouthfeel is medium with slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, I quite like this and just wish it was a little cheaper, I paid $10 for a half liter.

ocelot2500, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

sclitch, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

getbehindthemule, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

IanSpindler, Mar 06, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Sammy, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Resuin, Feb 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

cletusdog, Feb 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Mattias, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jsanford, Feb 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

beergorrilla, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Zaphog, Jan 22, 2013
Saison Sauvin from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.