Saizen | Wayward Brewing

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Wayward Brewing

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They call this a "Eurasian summer saison", brewed with Chinese green tea, lemon grass and Sorachi Ace. Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne.

Pours a deep golden colour with some haze in the body. Decent weight behind it, especially for its low ABV. Head is a solid frosted cap of off-white that leaves sheeting lace. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is slightly musty and mushroomy. Some earthy characters and a bit of spice, but very little attributable to the ingredients they mention. Overall, as well, it's pretty light meaning that it's less interesting than it could be.

Sweet entry on the palate, with very little weight and a pleasant cleanness. Slightly plasticky from then on, though—some cloying artificial character becoming actually sweet and brittle like crispy toffee towards the back. Some drying earthy characters on the back maybe do something to bring it back towards saison territory, but the finish ends up weak, with a flavour like plaster.

Feel is light but buoyant. Not bad.

Overall, it is drinkable enough, but it doesn't do enough, or else it takes the flavours in weird directions that don't necessarily work. It's also not really much of a saison at its heart. It should have been better.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a champagne colour, slightly cloudy with small crown of white foam. Not bad; could be even cloudier and I'd be OK with that.

Smells funky, with some horse blanket a touch of wet lucerne, some apple/pear fruity notes and a slight phenolic character. For the ostensible style, could be fresher. But not bad.

Taste is quite dry, and earthy. Buttery notes with a touch of French chardonnay oak, some moist lucerne and dry grass clippings, plus a decent belt of earthy barnyard funk. Again, I'm sort of missing the fresher, summery notes. It's a decent saison but no cigar in terms of the 'summer' factor.

Mouthfeel is OK - moderate body with slight carbonation.

Tastes like a very standard beer fermented with saison yeast. Not bad, but nothing special and I'm just failing to see the summery twist.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Saizen from Wayward Brewing
3.4 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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