Saison Sauvin
8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #792
Ranked #13,699
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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Photo of Decko
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden hay color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of fruity hops with nice floral hay undertones. Taste is a refreshing and complex mix of fruity hoppy notes with some dry floral notes with a solid addition of rustic malt with well balanced sweetness level. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Complex, refreshing and well balanced beer from a great brewer.

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Photo of joecast
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden amber. Shines bright from room lighting. Huge frothy white head. Great stability and lacing. High carbonation gives it a sparkling appearance.

Some pungent Belgian aromatics. Slightly funky, a bit yeasty, and some faint hops in the background. Pretty heavy. Aroma is strong with this one.

Definitely new world saison here. Big one two punch from the yeast and hops. Both are strong, but stop short of being overpowering or dominating. The combination though is something to be reckoned with. Not a big fan of hoppy Belgians but this isn't as full on as some others and while this is a not so subtle variation, I can still sense a trueish saison in there somewhere.

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Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very fresh aroma, white wine notes. Big and bubbly head on a blond body. A good mouthfeel, hoppy which leads to a dry bitter finish. Tropical fruit, honeyish. Yeast is there, but it is a minority of the flavours. Superb drinkability. Worth seeking out.
John's bottle, thanks.

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Photo of BrewerMike
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to @epiclurk for the bottle for my birthday. Shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a very dark, almost amber-copper colour, way off for a saison, with a pock-marked head of lazy white foam. Lacing is good—solid and consistent, forming in rings as the beer goes down. Body is light, especially for 7% ABV, but that probably goes with the slightly twisted New Zealand style.

Nose is, yeah, wow, getting freaky with shit. Huge Sauvin Kiwi hop character of passionfruit, biting green redolence and vinous acidity. But along with this is a slight bodily organic funk that lends savoury and unsavoury characters in a wonderfully anarchic mish-mash of hedonistic chaos. Oh hell yes you can do this with a saison thankyou.

Taste is... oh god it works, but it's so weird, and it bastardises a style I hold so dear. The saison funk and acidity is present, but it's warped and twisted with the slight acidity from the Nelson Sauvin hops, giving a perverted clinging bite to the basis of pancake sweetness, throwing up weird characters of smoky barbeque sauce, melon, passionfruit soaked in bourbon—it doesn't stop. Every sip gives you something weird and unique; pummeling you with characters that shouldn't exist, and then showing you just how awesomely they work. It's sacrilegious.

Holy shit, what a beer. It does something so wrong that turns out to be so right. It makes me want to cry into my glass—but whether I'm crying with joy or with sorrow, I can't tell.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 Wired Brewing is showing off their prowess with an array of beer styles, techniques, and ingredients. With the saison style driving the bus as one of the fastest growing of all beer styles, it's somewhat predictable for this semi-infant brewery to take a stab at this zesty, fruity, and dry ale. What's not predictable is the inquisitive use of obscure Nelson Sauvin hops.

Saison Sauvin opens with a semi-hazed pour of sunset golden hue that demonstrates proudly the yeasty workhorses that belie the beer. A nearly rocky ecru head separates from the beer underneath and caps the beer with confidence and semi-clumped lace. It's the spirited carbonation that fuels the foam stance and gives the beer a champagne-like appearance.

Bright and zesty to the nose, the beer's balance of dry fruit and peppery spice is on prominent display while the underpinning of crisp malt aromas offer soft cracker-like breads and the herbal hop tones offer a tinge of earth and must.

Fruity esters and the understated malt richness gives an early impression of sweetness, but without any of the weight that's associated with sweetness. Instead, the dry malt taste seems lightly wheaty and mildly of wet barley and is the perfect springboard for the apple, pear, juniper, and tropical fruit flavors from which to bounce. Not to be outdone, the twig-lke flavor of spicy phenols and hops counter with the thin acidity of lemony sassafras and sprucy gin. Mild citric bitterness refreshes the palate as the rustic earthy notes of sandalwood and minerals round into the taste of light sea salt and musty brine. The Nelson Sauvin hops are a great variant from the norm and complement the traditional flavors of saison very well.

Never weighted on the palate, the ample carbonation erupts off the tongue and seemingly never allows the beer to touch. the beer bounces from bubble to bubble and us ushered down the gullet before I prepare for the finish- the beer is gone. It seems to dissolve off the tongue like cotton candy, but with a return of dry fruitiness, peppery spice, and mild alcohol warmth.

8 Wired is having no trouble hitting all the stronger chords of the saison style and will be a crowd pleasing ale for the full refreshment of the upcoming summer season. As true farmhouse ales are intended, hot weather beacons for this beer!

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Photo of Derek
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mdagnew
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is god darn good looking beer right here. Nice golden color, mostly clear, huge white, sticky head. Head just doesn't go away. Great lacing. Should've taken a picture.

Aroma was hard to capture because I stuck my nose too far in and snorted some goodness. That tingles! But, I did get some nice esters, spice, white grape and subtle biscuit malt.

This has a nice balance to it, but a bit of booze creeps in to thin out the flavors. Biscuit is nice. White grape and white pepper seem to be the forerunners. Esters and some herbal spice here and there. The sauvin is bold and easy. Kinda like this hop

Feel could use a bit more carbonation to lift the malt and gamey part of the hops. The booze thins it out a bit, too. Otherwise a real nice beer

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Photo of matjack85
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Poured a bright gold with a couple of fingers of white head. Bottle conditioned. Pine and citrus in the aroma. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Fair amount of hop bitterness. Dry. More citrus. On the hoppy side, but in a good way. Very drinkable, but a little pricey.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a chalice

Thanks to Keanlacrosse for sharing

A fluffy white cap sits atop a golden orange body. A slight haze hangs over the beer with some minor bubbles pushing their way through.

Some spicy white pepper notes, earthy tones from the hops, and fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. There is a little bit of horse blanket funk laying low.

The earthiness from the hops is prominent and is complemented well by the horse blanket funk. Some fruity notes pop from the Belgian yeast. As this warms, the flavors really meld together, but nothing truly overwhelms me.

On the lighter side of medium with a good amount of dryness in the finish. A little bit of fruitiness pokes through the earthy bitterness.

This is a very good saison that features a hop that complements the flavors of a saison very well. Solid on all fronts.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of TeddyBrew
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!

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a russety-copper colour with off-white head, nice and dense. Feel like the head could be darker. Density is nice, but only thin retention. Lace is lovely, bead is steady. Looks nice.

Wow, didn't expect that. Mango to the max on the nose. So fruity, with dried mango, passionfruit, apricot, orange peel, peach and pear all vying to be fruit supreme. Tangy, but it's really just sweet and fruity. Could use more tartness or funk, but still, points for gathering the complexities they have within what is ultimately just a very light, fruity aroma.

Taste is pretty damn tangy, also with the fruit thing. Lots of mango on the front that magnetises peach, passionfruit and guava towards the culmination. Lots of almost roasty bitterness on the back, might just be the combination of the funk and hops but it just tastes like there's been too high a roast on the malt. Nice balance. Touch of tartness late-mid and finishes more chocolatey than anything but it's a nice weird palate; it reminds me of those dark chocolate blocks where they mix in mango, lime and chilli. Rich, fruity, but still predominantly weird.

Fairly full-bodied, and smooth. Really nice texture actually.

This beer is too weird for me to love. But at the same time I have to admit to having a soft spot for weird things. And did I mention this is weird?

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a huge, four finger head of white foam with some big, fish eye bubbles in it. The body is a hazy, golden color and the foam settles slowly and leaves fairly thick lace on the glass.

S - A very herbal/floral aroma with notes of bready malt, lavender, clove, pepper, and pear.

T - Dense, sweet malt up front with notes of bread, clove and pepper. Some more diverse spice notes in the middle with lavender, chamomile, nutmeg, and more pepper. The hop character show up towards the finish with a slightly pine note and a bit of grapefruit which fits in well with the pepper and almost mango like flavors of the yeast.

M - A thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The malt is too thick and the sweetness excessive, but those are my only two complaints in an otherwise interesting and well made beer. The yeast and/or hop profile is really unique with variations on the traditional saison characteristics that are a bit different from anything I have ever had in a beer before. Really worth a try if you have the chance.

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Photo of Cresant
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this 500 mL brown bottle in a tulip flute. No date listed. The body was a hazy apricot. The head was nearly white and it left light lacing.

The smell was lemony. Earthy and mildly sour. Fruits and hints of chalky yeast.

The taste was fruity and peppery. Heavily flavored of baked pears with a kiwi like aftertaste. There was a gentle breadiness. Strawberries and key limes. This one finishes dry and slightly sour.
Unique and flavorful.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with modest but adequate carbonation.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Saison Sauvin is pale auburn with a huge, frothy off-white head that is very slow to recede, leaving huge hunks of lace.

Smell is earthy and very herbal, fairly pungent hops, some fruity esters as well, which blossom with warmth.

Taste is also funky, earthy and herbal. This one is really heavy on the earth, in a good way, like damp forest floor, dark topsoil, fallen logs and moss. The herbal hop flavors are really accentuated by the yeast. Big pungency and bitterness. Lingering finish. Very nice new world saison, in the Belgian IPA style.

Mouthfeel is dry, spritzy, medium light bodied. A touch over carbonated, it's making me bury, but that is probably exaggerated due to the rapid rate with which I am compelled to suck it down!

Drinkability is awesome. A wow beer, and aligned very much with my favorite style (in fact, I regularly home brew a hoppy saison very similar, but with paler malt and west coast hops).

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color with some amber hues and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of passionfruit and hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really accentuates the aromas and flavors of the Nelson Sauvin hops but is a lot easier to drink compared to an IPA.

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Saison Sauvin from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 198 ratings