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

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Saison '88 25th Anniversary AleSaison '88 25th Anniversary Ale

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by beergoot on 07-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Mikecap
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thick two finger whitish foamy head the fades to a splotchy lace.

S: Some earthy notes, a good amount of bread and yeast, some spice, notably coriander come through as well.

T: Very similar to the nose - some spice and coriander, bready yeast and mild hop bitterness. Was hoping for a bit of tartness but don't find it here.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, refreshing and easy to drink.

O: A pretty tasty saison and quite refreshing on a hot day. Love the cans, and I'd drink it again for sure.

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

Appearance: Hazy golden color, with a large, slightly coarse white head, which retains well. The lacing is thick, and scattered; the carbonation is moderate.

Aroma: Massive spicy, leafy hop aroma, with prominent notes of white pepper, grassy notes are also present, and prominent phenol alcohols. Bready malt notes round out the complex aroma.

Taste: Opens with robust phenolic flavors, leafy and grassy hops, and bitter apple rind a little later in the taste. Later in the taste, grapefruit rind and white pepper rise, with earthy hops to usher in a lingering close to the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very, very full, more than pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made example of the style, exudes quality; an exemplar of what craft brewing should be.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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 EF4
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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Photo of bennetj17
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.


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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served in a Prairie teku glass

A – Light golden color, slightly hazy, 2 fingers of firm white foam, awesome lacing and very good retention.

S – Pepper yeast, grassy hops, delicate floral hops, sweet pilsner malts, lemon, acidic grapes, cantaloupe melon, smells kinda like a pinot grigio, light funky yeast kicks in as it warms,

T – Peppery yeast lined with a lemon citrus kick, white pinot grapes, grassy hops, firm pilsner malt base, finishes crisp and clean.

M – Medium carbonation for the style, full medium body, dry and crisp finish.

Hits all the right notes. Very pretty beer. It could have been a bit drier but I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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