Saison Sauvin | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Saison SauvinSaison Sauvin

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 191
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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 ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunburst color with a rocky white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of grassy and citrus hops with a little funk.

Tastes of the funkiness with some pepper notes along with a good helping of malt. Grassy and light fruit notes lead off. Citrus comes through and compliments some of the fruitiness. A solid malt body develops and gives some grainy sweetness along with bread notes. A bit of pepper comes through on the backend to round everything out.

Mouthfeel is medium with slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, I quite like this and just wish it was a little cheaper, I paid $10 for a half liter.

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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Vintage Estate in Boardman, Ohio on our way back from DLD 2012. Served in a Mikasa tulip. Pours a fairly-cloudy orange color with some light copper highlights. Nice foamy off-white head with good retention and some nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as it goes down. The nose brings some classic Nelson with a good dose of white grape and all around fruitiness. Yeast has some light spice and nice fruit. Body is light-medium with moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol along with a smooth bitterness. Quite nice.

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Photo of BrewerMike
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
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 bennetj17
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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 wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/9/12

A just a slight chill haze in a golden orange body, tiny slow bubbles feed a very well sustained massive head that ever so slowly falls to a thick film leaving soapy rings of lace well down the glass

S tropical punch bowl going on here, passion fruit, grapefruit, guava and pineapple with the vinous Sauv Blanc notes that make this hop so unique. the yeast is quite nice with some dusty funk with a little spice, cereals, and very faint pine with just a hint of booze, smells wonderful

T lime and lemon rind I didn't pick up on the nose but everything else is slightly toned down, not quite as tropical but that still leaves it pretty fruity, a little caramel but not much, tasted very good but I preferred the nose

M medium bodied and just a little airy but its no issue, leaves just a little behind and has a mellow bite, long finish of spicy rind

O I really liked this one, something different and I'm loving the Nelson Sauvin hops, I was close to a 5 for smell but couldn't quite drop it so perhaps a little higher score here

look out for this one it a winner, if you see it drink it. I see the BB date a couple years away so that leaves me wondering

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. 8-Wired is 4 for 4 so far in my books, so, no pressure now...

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden straw hue, with two pudgy fingers of tight, foamy, creamy dirty white head, which leaves a decently consistent pocked wall of lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of prominent bready sourdough malt, bitter citrus rind, moderate tropical fruit, and further leafy, earthy hops. The taste is yeasty, doughy caramel malt, acridly bitter pithy citrus, some muddled guava and pedestrian orchard fruitiness, a few light white pepper notes, dowsed clove spiciness, and soft, floral, somewhat perfumed hops.

The carbonation is present, and well restrained, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, in that slight fruit acid-tinged sense. It finishes a smidge off-dry, the yeast, sassy fruit, and indulgently bitter leafy, citrusy, and even piney hops all hanging out until last call.

An amped-up saison, this much is for certain - they proclaim as such on the label, and do not fail to deliver, as the subtle wheat characteristics give way to a heady, hoppy, rather New World treatment. No biggie, just the machinations of a Danish (gypsy, seemingly by nature) brewer setting up shop in rural New Zealand. You gotta expect this sort of thing. I choose to embrace it.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - mildy hazy bright golden, tower of soapy head, retained endlessly with random lacing
S - sour citrus, grain, leafy, and some yeasty bread
T - starts tart with a surprisingly big kick of grapefruit rind hoppiness, cracked grain and a touch of pepper and sour fruit
M - medium body, prominent bitterness, spicy and medium dry finish
O - much more hoppy and spicy than many saisons i've tried to date, tasty and unique enough to make this a must try

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and bready malts with grapefruit, pineapple, and tropical hops with some Belgian yeast, spices, wheat, and lemon zest.

T - Starts off with some wheat and grainy malts with some lemon zest, grapefruit and tropical hops, and a touch of bitterness. Through the middle, some more lightly bready malts come through with some Belgian yeast, spices, and some spicy and floral hops with a bit more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, wheat, grapefruit and spicy hops, Belgian yeast, and lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and citrusy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice saison with some extra hops. Good overall balance.

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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Timmermans Flute glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Orangish amber color. Foggy appearance. White, very small size bubbled, froth. Close, thin layer, lasting crown. Herbal & spiced -hints of pepper & clove- aromas & grape juice notes. Fresh & crispy upfront. Sour & fruty flavor (pear & apricot). Funny palate. Medium to high body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Watery to oily texture. Slightly astringent & acidic touches in the middle linger into a dry finish. Refreshing & delightful.

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Photo of gashe1
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Pours a clear golden with a slight tinge of red. Two fingers of off white head with good retention and lacing. The head dissipates slowly to about half a centimetre. It appears to be very carbonated due to both the bubbles and the large amount of head after a gentle pour.

S – Sweet malts, grassy, fruity erring on floral, a hint of coriander. In the background were some subtle hints of yeast and honey

T – Slight sweetness up front, with some apricot and peach, funk and dry grass, which gradually gives in to a hoppy bitter finish and a gentle acidity of orange/grapefruit peel. The nose doesn’t match the taste.

M –Medium body with a very dry finish, the carbonation is high as the appearance suggested.

O – A pleasant and refreshing beer, very drinkable. Bitterness is a bit overbearing for the style but would make for some pleasant spring drinking

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy and slightly wine like. In the taste, a light green apple tartness and a nice earthy presence. A small tart bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry tart green apple to dry earth in the aftertaste. Nice tartness, earthy, and very nice!

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Photo of matjack85
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing take on a saison with a muted Sauvin edge.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Ochre label with name of the ale and branding of brewery and fade to a visual texture of grass over brown. Side narrative goes over history, intent, and main characteristics. Shows 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy gold pour, rich creamy head, good surface memory and touches of lacing.

S - Fresh nose, lightly yeasty and citric, with a spicy-peppery dash and a hint of tropical fruit.

T - Nice grassy feel over a malty flow with a sweet sense that dives under a soft insinuation of tropical fruit but more so touches of lemon, and spicy notes.

M - Medium with ample carbonation, nice lingering soft dry finish.

O - Very nice flow and take on a saison…

Notes: …although maybe I was hoping a bigger profile of the Nelson Sauvin hops. Still, well crafted and well worth trying, and revisiting.

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Photo of ccrida
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
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 nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: three finger thin frothy head on a slightly hazy golden with amber hue body.

S: green apple, grape, yeast, earthy hops and spices.

T: fairly strong almost boozy presence up front which become medicinal with herbal and earthy hop notes. tart and bitter citrus finish.

M: medium body with moderate to high carbonation. dry finish.

Overall: not quiet as drinkable as I like my saisons. This one is strong up front and it barely lets up in the finish. However, this one grows on you.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, honey, golden color. It's has a slight head with little to no lacing.
S: Aromas of sweet malts and fruit hit me first, perhaps pear or apple? This blends nicely with some lemony citrus notes that are accompanied by an earthy, grassy aroma.
T: this brew does well to follow the nose. At the front, the malts and fruits make themselves known but not in an overpowering fashion. Towards the middle and pack, the profile seems to change into the funky yeast flavors this style is known for. This is bit more pronounced than more traditional saisons. There is a slight bitterness that does well to break up the funk.
M: Light in body but highly carbonated. It's slight creamy but finishes with a tart and spicy hang.
O: It's an interesting brew and a cool interpretation on the style. I am not a huge funk guy and much prefer the more traditonal saisons but its nice to try something that expands your horizon. Give it a shot.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange hazed body with a generous head. Solid retention and lace.

Nose is monster interesting. Equal parts passionfruit and brett funk. A background hint of a rodenbach type sourness and some skittles and old wet timber.

So much going on in the mouth. Spicy, zesty funky and a just tart. loads of southern hemisphere hop flavour: passionfruit, green grape skin, mangos and what not. Just a touch of that vinegarry sourness hinted at in the nose and the brett is present all the way through.

Great tight carbonation and a more than solid malt body.

This is a quality Saison. Nelson Sauvin and Saison should become a classic.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this - enjoyed chilled in a pint glass.

The color is golden with hazed peachy hues and thick snowy cap with fine bead. Lace sticks in a random way, retention is good. The smell is very tropical up front with some gooseberry and slight sweet grassy odors in the nose with a hint of mango and citrus to round out the aroma. The feel is slightly bitter with moderately high carbonation and mild sweetness with a subtle astringency and light alcohol in the dry finish.

The taste is very good with some hop flavors blending with the fruit tinges in the yeast flavor which is augmented by a slight clove taste. There is a mild herbal and citrus zest flavor in the hops with the light tangy yeast accents providing good cohesion with some dry cracker-like toasted grain underneath. The finish is slightly creamy with yeast as it warms with a mild spicy flavor from the hops. Overall I think this works well as the Nelson Sauvin hops are a good compliment for the saison yeast. This is a full flavored hoppy saison that will satisfy those who like saisons or ipas.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 homebrewhawk
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Saison Sauvin from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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