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Saison '88 25th Anniversary Ale | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Saison '88 25th Anniversary AleSaison '88 25th Anniversary Ale
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83 Ratings
Saison '88 25th Anniversary AleSaison '88 25th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States
santafebrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beergoot on 07-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
83
pDev:
9.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i had no idea these guys have been around so long. congrats to them, they have almost always impressed me, even with everyday styles, so good on them! this is a cool release, a canned saison in an affordable sixer, we need more of these for sure. this one is quite light drinking, extremely well carbonated, and more of the french saison yeast, white wine notes as it finishes, i have brewed with similar strains before and recognize it right away. the grain bill seems straightforward too, mostly wheat but something else just a bit more robust as well. maybe some torrified wheat or rolled oats for body and just a hit of sweetness. it gives the saison yeast something to cling to, a launching pad of sorts, and the result is a full flavored but light drinking beer much different from the usual sixer of pale ale or something, but familiar enough to perhaps even turn newcomers to the style on to it. not as farmed out or funkadellic as others, but its not supposed to be. quality stuff here.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big white head on a well carbonated beer slowly falls above a pale washed out light straw golden colored opaque saison.

Nice spicy lemony aroma with maybe a bit of cloves and banana but nothing really sticks out more than anything else.

Light lemony citrus taste with just a bit of the spiciness of the aroma coming through with this drink.

A light dry aftertaste with a bit of the beers tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied Santa Fe drink.

Decent enough, I wish more of the aroma had been captured in the taste, but what do I know.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours straw/bronze color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & slightly above average head retention

S: Breadyness, phenols, clove & pear, plus perfumy hops, pineapple & apple blossom

T: Phenols, cloves, minty hops & pears up front. Pears, phenols, dryness & green apple skins as this warms, a touch of pineapple too. Finishes dry with pears, lemon peel, white pepper, plus a touch of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation

Easy to drink, fairly true to style, but nothing extreme or outstanding here. Was hoping for a little more from their 25th anny offering, but not a bad Saison, as long as you're not looking for a ton of funk

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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hello, New CANned Beer Sunday! I am proud to be only the second reviewer and the first in the CAN. I am acCANponied by The Old Lady on the Colorado version of The CANQuest (TM) this evening.

From the CAN: "25 years if brewing. 12 ounces of thank you. Enjoy!"

We are across from one another at her kitchen table and the initial Crack not only sent a spurt of liquid flying, but it gave me an opportunity to show her the brimful craft CAN phenomenon. The Glug produced a finger of puffy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy pale yellow, SRM = 3. Nose had what I refer to as a musty scent that I find indicative of Saison yeast, however, The Old Lady says spicy and that musty suggests oxidation. I am not postulating oxidation, plus I agree with her on the spiciness which we agree is yeast-driven. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of black pepper, which she characterizes as soft, not sharp. Finish had a lime citrusiness along with a cheesiness, like sharp cheddar. I mark it as somewhere between a Biere de Garde and a Saison, but closer to this site's style description of a Saison.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/whiteish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, some spices. Taste is a bit fruity, a good bit of spice, yeast, pretty tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of sd123
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a golden color that shows a clear, pale-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice, light mix of grassy grain, grassy / herbal hops at first blush, but a second take sees me noticing more of a fruity hop character; the latter leans towards lychee, juicy fruit bubble gum (accentuated by the yeast character), candied citrus zest, Meyer lemon, and just an expressively floral, tropical fruit character. The malt character has a wholesome, though supporting, note of pale wheat crackers, and dried straw.<p>

Nicely effervescent and quite light bodied, the beer is definitely meant for quaffing. There is a nice hoppiness here that is restrained in its bitterness, but quite expressive with flavors of lychee, floral citrus notes, guava notes, and quite a bit of peach character. Much of the fruitiness is accentuated by the yeast character which provides a floral fruit edge, as well as some sweet accentuating clove notes, some peppery spice character (also contributed by the hops), as well as some turpene like character in the finish that accentuates the herbal hop bite side of the hop flavors. As the beer warms up the fermentation character becomes more prominent; clove, spicy phenols, white pepper, and perhaps a touch of young ginger are all a bit more noticeable and play a bit more equal footing with the hop character.<p>

Perhaps not the most perfectly executed Saison, but the fact that this is below 6%, is nicely hoppy, quite light, and restrained in all the right ways means I am enjoying this quite a bit more than I was expecting. The yeast character is more clove and phenolic than austere, biting, and musty, so I doubt a Dupont derived yeast strain was used here.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Zuidman
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale, straw yellow color with a very lively carbonation and a thin, white head. Spice and citrus aroma; lemon and coriander; bready. Initial flavors are like the aroma with peppery flavors and a touch of hop bitterness added to the mix. Light bodied; crisp, clean, and dry finish.

A very nice, easy drinking anniversary ale. Tart and lively, nice depth and complexity for a light-bodied beer, and would go well with some Mexican or sea food dishes.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa Fe Saison 88 has a thick, soapy, white head, a clear, golden appearance, bubble streams, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is pungent, bready, sweet, and spicy, and the flavor is the same. The spice is hard to determine, however. Bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is medium, slick, and a bit soft, and Santa Fe Saison 88 finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, I think it's one to try, if you ever see it.

RJT

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a clear gold color with one finger of wet off-white head. A small amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma was earthy with a touch of spice and herbal notes.

The earthiness followed in the taste along with the light spice and herbal presence. Finished with a light bitterness.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking Saison from Santa Fe Brewing.

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Saison '88 25th Anniversary Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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