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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with three fingers of fluffy white head that slowly receded to a finger of fluffy white head that stuck around and left lacing down the glass. Quite nice looking and fairly true to style. Scents of tropical fruit and pineapple, slight grassy aromas, cloves, sweet spices and slight banana in the background and abundant yeasty bread with some peach and, slight pear and apricot aromas. Very nice, rather complex and fruity, with nice bready and yeasty aromas present as well. Taste begins with light lemon, citrus zest, and faint herbal hops, with a moderate bitterness level, some yeasty spiciness, notably clove present as well. Middle of the sip is similar to the beginning. Finishes dry, with yeasty spice, clove, musky herbal hops and grainy malt flavors. Aftertaste is grainy, musky and spicy, with strong notes of clove. Very well done, quite true to style and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a chalky, drying feel. Good, and again quite true to style. Overall this is a well done saison that is similar to other examples of the style and is quite refreshing and drinkable. Not the best of its class but certainly not bad and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Saison 88 – Saison (5.5%) - Santa Fe Brewing Co. (New Mexico)

App: Slightly hazy, rich golden yellow color that's spot on for the style. Two finger rocky white head that settles slowly and retains well with a nice one finger head. Steady effervescence that maintains head. Slight lacing, but not remarkable.

Smell: Primarily grain in the high nose with a slight tropical fruit sweetness and soapy character. Not as pungent as some other saisons. Slightly yeasty with a little chalk.

Taste: Dry and somewhat earthy. Some notes of fruity esters of passion and dragon fruit. Lacking that slap of wallop yeastiness that I want in a Saison. Some slight herbaceous notes as the brew warms. Tiniest amount of alcohol in the background. Slightly sour with a lingering sour and bitter flavors after the swallow that is pleasant, but unremarkable.

Mouth: Medium thin body with somewhat light carbonation. Easily drinkable saison with nothing too special to recommend.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Tulip Glass. 1/3/14.

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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%

Photo of alaimoa
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Extra can thrown in on a trade not sure of date. Drank from can so not sure of the appearance but I imagine its fine. Smells very nice with a citrus, pine, yeastiness. Taste has an upfront barnyard with some faint pine but overall not a whole lot of depth. Easily drinkable though. Feels a bit chewier that some of the saisons I've had and leans toward the medium thickness.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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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%

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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 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 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mastodonj
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a diconic,
A very light amber with a bright white fluffy head
Subtle nose, I don't get much but a little citrus
Stringent and spicy (coriander?) Hits the tongue. The signature farmhouse taste comes later.
Clean mouthfeel due to the citrus and spice
Altogether, a nice southwest take on a farmhouse ale.

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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