8 Wired Saison Sauvin

So, it’s rare that I do this (and slightly embarrassing), but I forgot to put this review up. I usually like to post the beers that I’ve had in order, and being the quintessential Virgo, this really annoys me that I’ve missed one. Anyways, I had this one last week. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: I was happy to see that this was a saison and not a single hop IPA. I’ve been really in the mood for saisons.

So, when I had this one, I ran out of clean glasses, so this went into an IPA glass. This brew poured with a huge, four finger eggshell colored head. It dissipated very slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark hazy orange with insanely high carbonation visible. The nose had some citrus, especially lime with a touch of yeast but not much and white grapes. The taste had peach and lemon with yeast and some mango as well. Pineapple came through after a few sips as well. There was also a bit of booze warming as well. It had high carbonation and medium thickness body. It had a long finish with tropical fruit and white grapes. This was a really good beer. It really showcased the hops, especially with the tropical fruit notes. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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