8 Wired – Saison Sauvin: From New Zealand, this saison measures up at 7.0% alcohol and was poured from a 16.9 oz bottle at home. We are getting access to a lot of their beer in Vancouver, BC which is pretty exciting because they offer pretty good stuff.
Aroma and Appearance: Pours a clear gold colour with lots and lots of foam, rapid rising bubbles and an aroma of grassy, earthy hops.
Flavour: Grassy malts (like a pilsner) with a touch of sour here and there, a nice dry bitter finish accompanied by a light effervescent body that the style is known for and has a flavour similar to some white wines.
Overall Impression: If nor for the grassy malts, this could almost be mistaken for a sparkling white wine. This is a good, to style saison with a bit of extra bitterness, a touch strong alcohol level but it isn’t noticeable when you drink it.
Rating: I give it a 7/10, good impression of the style and well executed. Personally, I like my saisons a bit spicier, however this is one I would consider having again another time.
Food Pairing: farmers cheese and sausage