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Saison Sauvin - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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87
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
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 ScottP
2/5  rDev -48.2%

ScottP, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

sloelco, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Texasfan549, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

sneaks2210, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

pixieskid, Nov 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

oldp0rt, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Imrite
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Imrite, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Gonzoillini, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

gunclubchris, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +3.6%

twelveinches, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of BrewerMike
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled during a beer tasting at Streetcar Wines and Beer in JP, and then immediately bought a bottle. This is quite an interesting beer. It does not shout, "Saison!" but it is nonetheless pretty amazing. Pours a crisp, crystal clear golden straw color with a substantial head that remains throughout the entire session. The aroma is a straight blast of grapefruit. You'd think you're about to drink grapefruit juice. Crazy! The mouthfeel is creamy up front and then somewhat prickly and dry on the finish. Very nicely balanced but more bitter than malty for sure. More grapefruit in the flavor with some lemon zest and other citrusy notes. The dry finish leaves you immediately wanting another sip, and therefore I shall take one! The is a very drinkable and intriguing beer. Tastes more like an IPA with just a twinge of saison flavor/earthiness hidden in the background. This beer really shocked me, since I wasn't expecting this hop character. If I wanted to be critical, I'd ding this beer for not being what I'd expect to be a saison. It's really an IPA brewed with saison yeast from my perspective. But I don't want to ding the beer because I liked it so much. I definitely recommend this, but don't go in expecting a traditional saison.

BrewerMike, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

chickenm, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of bennetj17
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orangish-gold color, with a towering 3-finger thick head of lasting foam. The beer has sort of a murky haze with a good deal of effervescent carbonation. Twangy hop nose with a lemony citrus bite. With all the foam clinging around the nose gets a bit soapy and bitter, but with a few hefty swirls I can get a little more of an earthy sweet malt balance to come through.

Taste is very dry with lots of sharp bitterness throughout. The citrus hop notes are nice, but get drowned out amidst the foamy carbonation and heavy bitterness on the palate. The beer could use a little more malt sweetness to balance things out. Alcohol is well in check and mouthfeel is again bubbly but otherwise unremarkable.

This beer sounded pretty interesting but in the end wasn't very special. It's a bitter, hoppy Saison, without too much complexity. Not bad but I wouldn't invest in another bottle.

bennetj17, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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

wordemupg, Sep 13, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - mildy hazy bright golden, tower of soapy head, retained endlessly with random lacing
S - sour citrus, grain, leafy, and some yeasty bread
T - starts tart with a surprisingly big kick of grapefruit rind hoppiness, cracked grain and a touch of pepper and sour fruit
M - medium body, prominent bitterness, spicy and medium dry finish
O - much more hoppy and spicy than many saisons i've tried to date, tasty and unique enough to make this a must try

joemcgrath27, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 16, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +29.5%

TrickkyGangsta, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of gashe1
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +24.4%
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!

OWSLEY069, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of matjack85
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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
Saison Sauvin from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.