Saison Sauvin
8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #848
Ranked #15,766
3.91 | pDev: 10.74%
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand
Very Good
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Notes: 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
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Sigmund from Norway

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7%. Deep golden colour, large white head. Lovely aroma of Nelson Sauvin hops, with notes of gooseberries, white grapes and tropical fruits, also a hint of pine. The flavour is medium sweet and very fruity, Nelson Sauvin elements dominate, but the beer is not too bitter. The Belgian / French saison yeast is more subdued. A fine and very drinkable beer!

Feb 16, 2021
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber > Ommegang tall tulip glass

Crystal clear and active looking gold color. Fluffy and tall, all foam cap. Excellent retention. Lacy leftovers.

The nose has a serious funk of earthy hay fields, crushed herbs and spices, dank leafy dryness, green veggies and spicy wild fruits down deep. A very robust, yet classic Saison style aroma here. Very bold and very funky nose!

A very spicy and herbal bite at first, medicinal, earthy-dry tones mixed with just the right amount of honey sweet style golden maltiness. A very classic Belgian/French approach to the style, much more complexity and excellent funk coming from the yeast strain, opposed to the more neutral yeast of more Americanized versions of the same style. I really judge this style based on the depth of charecter coming from the yeast strain or strains. The malt laso needs to be in proper balance. This one scores big on both accounts.
Regarding the really has that green veggie and earthy funk with a big hit of herbal and spicy tones that seem to go on and on.

The mouthfeel starts out with a crisp and spicy bite, then dry, smooth malty, crisp andcdry again in the finish. It really just seems to evaporate in the finish, which is exactly how I like it.

The Nelson Sauvin hops straight from New Zeland seems to add even more earth & Spice to the already, amped-up yeast kick. A very nice added bonus and funky X-factor to this one.

Jan 18, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Bierkraft. En copa Teku. Jugando a Tower of Doom. Muchisima espuma. A pesar de su alta carbonatacion y no estar fresca, las notas funk de una saison se entremezcla perfectamente con el nelson sauvin

Jan 13, 2019
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good saison that comes off as complex and yet simple. Aroma is almost as if it was wine barrel aged. Nothing on the bottle indicates that it was so perhaps it comes from the Nelson Sauvin Hop.I'm not sure. The beer is well balanced however with the earthy and tropical/citrus taste that comes through. Drinks light and smooth for all that is going on when you taste it initially. Finishes with a sweet turn that leaves the mouth watering a bit for more. Because of that smoothness it is very drinkable. Love to try more of this Nelson hop to get a better read of what it can do.

Apr 09, 2016
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw color with a very creamy, white head and plenty of lacing.
Aroma is orange and grapefruit atop a layer of hay and barnyard funk.
Taste is led by the juicy citrus flavors followed by the yeasty funk with a nice pithy, bittering finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and nearly creamy. I don not detect the alcohol at all.
Really good.

Jan 01, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice cloudy golden with huge frothy head. Aroma of hay, bread, mild spices and floral essences. Taste is pure saison, mild spiciness, wholegrain bread, black pepper and hay. Mild lingering flavors and a bit of dryness.

Dec 18, 2015
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babaracas from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light amber with thin but dense white head, settles to a thin layer, sheet of delicate lace down half the glass. Smell: pear and grape juice, unripe peach, some funky floral/grassy...fresh-cut something. Fruit forward with a lightly doughy back, pretty mild. Taste: big fruitiness... sugary white grapes, green plum, pear and peaches in syrup, doughy/grainy back with lots of pepper and some pineapple in the finish. Finishes pretty dry, though sweet and hop bombed. Aroma is a little underperforming but it's a full flavored nelson showcase.

Nov 12, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours gold with a very slight haze under a rocky, volcanic 3” white foam collar that erupts above the rim of the glass without pouring off onto the table. A small dollop of foam remains in the glass to the very end. S: A berry tropical fruit white wine nose emerges from the foam. T: Fruity berry and white wine flavors ride a mild malt backbone. the saison yeast flavors accentuate the hop character. The white wine and berry flavors become more pronounced in the aftertaste as the malt flavors fade. F: Very effervescent, medium high to high carbonation O: A very enjoyable, well made saison.

Aug 18, 2015
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 500ml into snifter

A - Golden peach with 2 finger white foamy head that lingers. Forms a thick cap and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of Belgian yeast, with notes of citrus, lemons, pears. It is very earthy with some funk and the hops bring a fruity and almost grape aroma.

T - Has a slight tartness with earthy funk. Citrus, lemon zest and pears. I taste the fruity and white grape like notes from the Nelson Sauvin hops and it even finishes with a touch of bitterness or spice.

M - Crisp and dry with great carbonation. Very refreshing for a bigger Saison.

O - Very flavorful Saison and the use of Nelson Sauvin really brought it together.

Jul 25, 2015
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I recommend caution, and a big thirsty towel, when opening this - the bottle I sampled fizzed like New Year’s champagne. Strong aroma is fruity, mainly apple with a little pear and a hint of orange, and quite yeasty. It pours a pretty clear golden amber with a very thick cream-white head. Crisp, fruity, sour flavor has notes of apple, grapefruit, malt and pear and a pinch of yeast. Smooth texture has not much fizz but good body.

Apr 25, 2015
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Decko from Australia

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw colour with a slightly wispy head. The aroma is unmistakeably passion fruit to me. A bit overpowering in fact. The taste follows the nose but with the earthiness coming through a little stronger in the taste. Too fruity for my liking and I probably wouldn't go for it again. The alcohol is well disguised by the flavours.

Mar 28, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow gold with a light greenish tinge and a slight haze. Moderate amount of tiny bubbles. Huge 4 fingers of almost blue tinged head (like some old ladys' hair). It has large and small bubbles, and looks almost glass like, the consistency of sugar caramelizing on the stove.

S: Light fruitiness like fresh red plums, lemon, light herbal notes, children’s aspirin.

T: Again, fresh plums, children’s aspirin, light herbal notes, light astringent notes. Really covers the alcohol.

M: Smooth, light, champagne like, little fine carbonation. Dry, tannic finish.

O: Excellent saison from New Zealand. Reminds me of Saison Dupont. Smooth, well crafted. Got in Thailand, drank in Kunming China Jan 3rd 2014.

Jan 03, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really bitter, super carbed. It's just meh............................................................................................................

Oct 20, 2014
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thezach from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

500mL bottle, no freshness date.

Frothy fluffy white head that lasts and lasts. A bit of an odd flavor (that's "flavour" for you Kiwis), that must have something to do with the caramunich and aromatic malts. I love the complexity though, and the sweetness and body added by the specialty malts really complements the dry, peppery character of the yeast. Effervescent carbonation, lively, and prickly. Very bitter, considering it says only 50 IBUs for a 7% beer, I was surprised, but it must be a result of the dry, light body. Oh, the hops. They're peppery, vinous, spicy, fruity. It's tough to pick them apart from the yeast, but who cares, the flavors work together to perfection. A great saison, and one of the better uses of Nelson Sauvin.

Sep 15, 2014
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alphagnome from Iowa

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Light orange-colored body, incredibly cloudy, topped by a porous, finger-thick off-white head. Great retention and solid carbonation.

Potent tart character and decent fruit and spice - coriander and pepper. Orange, grapefruit, and kiwi take over the aroma-scape with a decent herbal punch on the tail end. It's all over the place, but I really like it for this reason!

Dry, bitter, and tart. Very earthy hop presence. Grass, Lemon and pepper. Not much funk, but if you're caught off-guard, it could make you pucker. Alcohol on the finish.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Very dry finish.

A unique entry in the style. It's definitely more bitter than most, but points for originality. Due to it's heavier body, I'd have a hard time pouring one of these to accompany me while I'm workin' the grill, but it's worth grabbing for a cold day by the fire.

Jul 13, 2014
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick bubbly off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pungent grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, some peppery spices, light grass and faint yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grapefruit, lemon, light pepper, some funk, a touch of grassiness and some yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Jun 20, 2014
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skipxtracer from New York

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great saison. So happy to find this in San Diego at best damn beer shop. Poured cloudy dark yellow with a huge white head. Really fruity nose with lime citrus notes. Yeasty delicious taste. Great start to a five course Nelson sauvin tasting! :)

Apr 20, 2014
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admiral from Australia

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Saison - an enjoyable drinking experience

aroma: peach, spice and white wine

taste: peach, spice, pepper, white wine, melon and citrus with hints of honey, smoke and watermelon.

well balanced and smooth with a nice dry/bitter finish - delicious

Mar 20, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

always keen for anything with nelson hops, but this is an odd saison. clear for one, throws me off, bright goldenrod yellow, with zero yeasty haze and a lot of rising bubbles amassing into a thick white head. the nose is nelson indeed, but in more of a buttering role than i have seen them in before. they are still tropical and floral and unique, but they seem to add a bit more bitterness then usual, maybe a longer boil time on them. french saison yeast also adds a wine character to the nose and the taste, an interesting choice for sure. lots of bitterness for a saison, seems to be exacerbated by this yeast. i expected a softer use of nelson, but this was not what i expected at all. well made for sure, but the bitterness is surprising, and not what this hop is known for. lots of malt body too, maybe more than just wheat. the clarity is also puzzling. tasty and different, but as a saison its definitely weird. good carbonation and refreshment value. a little pricey for what it is, but ill bet this is one thats a whole lot more enjoyable fresh where its made.

edit: definitely just had a fresher bottle, still with huge white wine notes, a more fruity nelson hop that i know, and quite a lot more grain than i think it needs to serve its purpose, but definitely better when fresher!

Feb 22, 2014
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml poured to a tulip glass. Been wanting to try an 8 Wired beer for a while now.

Appearance - Hazy, somewhat dull orange color. White head starts at about a finger, ends with a mostly full cap. Some strands of lace here and there.

Smell - Mostly just Nelson Sauvin hops coming through here, which bring grapefruit juice, lime, white grape and light earthy funkiness. There is just a bit of yeast and grains present. Nice, though could use more complexity.

Taste - Mostly follows the smell, mostly all about those hops, a little less pungent and discernible though. Less 'funk', but still a good mix of grapefruit/citrus fruits and herbal/earthy flavors with a general oddball vibe about them. Again, really not much for a saison base except some slight yeasty and grainy tones.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat hefty body for the style/ABV with lowish carbonation. Low bitterness and average drinkability.

Overall - A decent example of the unique Nelson Sauvin hops, not much more to it though, it may as well be an IPA rather than a saison. Not bad, but comes off as a little boring.

Feb 17, 2014
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evilkalla from Alabama

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle bought at a grocery store in Blenheim on the South Island in New Zealand.

A: poured a yellow color, pale orange, with about a quarter inch of head. Poured clear, was not cloudy as others have noted.

S: spicy and earthy, hints of grass and pepper and lemon. Very very good.

T: has a somewhat earth yeasty character, with strong hints of pineapple and grapefruits. Slightly hot with alcohol. Peppery. Very nice. The NZ hops definitely set this one apart from other beers in this style.

M: about the right level of carbonation, and just about perfect thickness.

O: this is very good beer. We are on vacation here so I'm glad I saw it and snagged a bottle.

Feb 16, 2014
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BierJager89 from California

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, earthy orange with a creamy off-white head.

S: Sweet mango, pineapple, peach, and apricot in the nose.

T: Beautifully dry, spicy, mango, apple, apricot and pineapple.

M: Medium-light bodied, and fairly smooth.

O: The flavor Nelson Sauvin hops impart the most, at least to me, is pineapple, and I love it. This beer is exactly what a saison should be. Hoppy, light, but full in tropical or citric fruit flavor.

Jan 18, 2014
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StJamesGate from New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy bronze-tinged brass with clingy loose snowy foam that trails.
Slight barnyard and white vinegar, lemon zest, and spicy Chardonnay grapiness.
Saltines, those little yellow tropical fruit I can never remember the name of and papaya, some yeasty earth and slight clove, and serious grapefruit rind hops with hints of pineapple, mango and white grape.
Lemondrop ending and loong tart bitter linger.
Creamy but crisp, light, lively, flinty.

Been waiting to taste this one for a while, but it's not the best showcase of Nelson I've had. Not the biggest yeast profile, either, so not the most saison-y. Though there is fruit, between the yeast and IBUs it's pretty lean. But it is also balanced, easy to drink, and a credit to a top brewery.

Dec 25, 2013
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KFBR392 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bold golden/orange color to this brew. There is a medium bodied murkiness. Low head on the pour and close to zero retention while drinking. A pretty saison.

Smell: The belgian influences on this beer are felt right away. Exotic, wild yeast greets the nose with plenty of leafy greens, bread accents, and spices. There is a really solid hop base provided from the Nelson Sauvin hops which add plenty of depth to this aroma.

Taste: The front is a rather mild hop sweetness which yields to a much more present yeast body. Leafy greens and medium to dark fruits jump all over the palate. The back end and finish of the beer is a pleasant mix of starchy dryness and hop sweetness. Some slight alcohol sting is felt on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice transitions of hops and yeast accents. Finish is slightly hot but drinks very easily.

Overall: Nelson Sauvin hops fit right in with this Saison. Bright exotic yeast tones surprise the palate and the hops beat it up pretty well. A great change of pace beer, enjoyed sipping on this one.

Aug 06, 2013
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TeddyBrew from California

4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a few bottles at City Beer and San Francisco. Expensive! $10.99 for a bottle marked 1 pint, .9 fluid oz.

This is so good I had to review it right away. Pours a pleasant cloudy colour. Fuller mouthfeel than many saisons I have tried. Nice subtle spices come through. Great balance. This one is just a great beer!

Aug 04, 2013
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