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Brother Levonian - Saison Ale - Port Brewing

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Brother Levonian - Saison AleBrother Levonian - Saison Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 44
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 05-11-2009)
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Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color. Minimal white froth.

(S)- A nice yeasty body with some subtle sweetness. A little apple cider and lemon peel.

(T)- Fairly sweet and apple-like for a Saison. Some light grassiness and biscuit-like yeast.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. Fairly well balanced, though a bit sweet for my tastes in a Saison.

(O)- Enoyable, but gets lost in a sea of far more layered & dynamic beers in the style.

sweemzander, Jul 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of damienblack
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

damienblack, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

MickeyHops, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of portia99
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary glass.

A - Pours very clear with a pale golden color. Capped with a small finger of white foam.

S - Sweet overall...a bit white wine like, citrusy oranges, mildly tart, malty and spicy.

T - Sweet, malty - maltose, very mild tartness...interesting.

M - Lightish medium body. Lower carbonation...a bit boozy which is surprising at only 6.5%...quite winey in overall character.

O - Not bad overall...enjoyable, but perhaps left in the cellar a bit too long (a 2008 vintage bottle sampled in early 2013)

portia99, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

marine1975, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

JDJTEXAS, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jp7161, Jun 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

drummermattie02, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pecan, May 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ACY73, May 05, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with JLindros at his Birthday whale tasting last month. Reviewed from notes. This is a 2008 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear golden hue with a thin half finger head that fades down to leave some light lacing.

S - Aromas of light funk, no ABV, light sweet malts. Faint, faint fruit notes along with incredibly faint hops as well (to be expected with its age). Impressed at the lack of alcohol on the nose.

T - Taste is more of the sweeter malts with a light funk finish and faint farmhouse. There are some light fruits as well but for the most part its fairly faded.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and still quite bright. Super drinkable.

O - Overall, not a bad saison, just perhaps a bit too much age on it? I dunno, did not really blow me away.

rudzud, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

joshwalt, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of DenverLogan
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light gold...lingering head. Big aromas of herbs, malts, and the skunk from the bottom of church pews. Big carbonation, rich malt and hop and yeast flavors. Overall, very tasty and quaffable...I'd drink a 10 - 16 ounce portion and feel content.

DenverLogan, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

hoppymcgee, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

grownfool, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

hwwty4, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

mikereaser, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brother Levonian pours a very hazy straw color. When held to light, it looks bright gold. A foamy white head rises to over two fingers in height. Looks good. Itís very slow to dissipate and leaves a nice, sticky coat of lace trailing behind. Pretty impressive.

The nose is very impressive. Itís loaded with earthy and herbal notes throughout. It has a strong fruit presence. Apple, pear, and light orange are all in the mix. A light crackery, malty scent is noted throughout. There are some grassy, earthy hop notes. Theyíre not strong. Given this bottleís age, thatís no surprise. Smells like remnants of noble hops. Alcohol is blended very well. Smells good to me.

The flavor is perhaps even a little more impressive. It has a light cracker-like, malty flavor up front. Itís good and works well with the strong earthy and herbal flavors. Spicy, herbal notes of clove and coriander are simply delicious. Apple, pear, and orange flavors are strong and flavorful. They complement the malty and herbal flavors nicely. Hops have largely faded, but grassy remnants remain. It does taste like noble hops were the ticket. Iím curious how a fresh bottle wouldíve been, but this is excellent. Alcohol is not a factor at all. Finishes fruity, spicy and herbal. Excellent.

Brother Levonian has a medium body. Carbonation is definitely active, although itís not quite buzzy. It retains a smooth feel despite all the bubbles. For what itís worth, drinkability is excellent. This 750 is disappearing far too quickly. I wish I had more.

Port Brewing Company did a really nice job with Brother Levonian Saison. Itís a nice tribute beer. As far as Saisons go, itís really nice. I canít say that it has any glaring flaws. Itís very flavorful and has aged nicely. This bottle is a couple of years old. Not sure if any are still floating around. If so, seek one out. Well worth it.

prototypic, Nov 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

imperialking, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

TheRealDBCooper, Nov 14, 2011
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Brother Levonian - Saison Ale from Port Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.