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Lemongrass Saison - Maui Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed in collaboration with The Lost Abbey.
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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by Agent1:
Photo of Agent1
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Rather dull. No head retention. Slightly bubbly with white, small bubbles forming at first pour, but then all of this quickly vanishes. Not much carbonation to look at, either.

Smell - Slightly sour pilsner malt on the nose, honey, coriander and citrus. All fairly to-be-expected elements of a Saison. Not picking up much lemongrass at all at this stage. Nice, clean hop aroma.

Taste - Not picking up much lemongrass. I cook with lemongrass fairly often and it is not easy to notice. When trying to spot it, it almost tastes more like a stale, bitter lemongrass and is not crisp, floral or citrusy at all. All the other flavors are standard Farmhouse/ Saison qualities: strong wheat notes, bitter lemon peel, light candy sugars/ honey, coriander, pilsner grains (nice and bitter/plant-y), floral hops (like the citra a lot here), and candied orange. Again, all very standard elements.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation reflects the appearance. Not great, slightly flat. Nice sugary mouthfeel: smooth, soft, and candy-like. Stimulates the front of the palate mostly and upper front portion of the mouth. Not a great mouthfeel, but not terrible.

Overall - Being a really big Lost Abbey fan, I was expecting way more here. Also, after falling in love with the mash-up between Sam's Dogfish Head and Maui Brewing and seriously being blown away by the Liquid Breadfruit, this is somewhat of a letdown. Not that this was a particularly bad beer -- it just wasn't anything special or standout. I won't be buying this again for the price. The Liquid Breadfruit, however, is unique and delicious. Will definitely stick to that mash-up, no question!

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip

It pours an opaque yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Highly active carbonation runs up the edges of the glass. First smell is bread crust. That gives way to lemon zest. Fairly muted. First sip is slightly tart lemons. I am getting a very subtle hint of yeasty esters before the bready finish. Not a lot going on. The feel is pretty nice. Active carb on the tongue with a clean finish.

Very drinkable. Pretty bland.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with no visible BB date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. A collaborative brew between Maui brewing and Lost Abbey, resulting in a modern take on a traditional Belgian style.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A clear golden hue with some chunky floating sediment and plentiful carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating. Aroma of dry, fruity yeast with hints of coriander, spice, mild lemongrass, faint herbs, grain and a lingering earthiness. Nicely rounded - smells great.

Tastes of earthy, fruity yeast with a crisp, dry finish. Notes of coriander, subtle spice, floral hints, mild lemongrass, faint herbs, grain, light malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Highly attenuated, followed by a mild, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and good body for the style. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of earthy yeast and faint herbs.

Rather good, even if it doesn't quite live up to its name. Looks a bit lacklustre - the head fades very quickly though the carbonation is spot on. Aroma and flavour are decidedly yeasty and spicy, with a mild hint of lemongrass. Nicely balanced but I was hoping the lemongrass would be more obvious. Perhaps it's a character that wanes over time. Decent body. A quality brew - worth sampling though I believe this was a one-off.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of CrummyLuke
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a tulip. Pours a pale yellow color that's slightly hazy, big three-finger white foamy head that reduces quickly to a thin layer, no lacing

S- dry straw aroma with yeasty and biscuity malt, musty and wet hay bale, fruity esters of pear and apple, a hint of lemony tartness at the end

T- light buiscuity and yeasty malt, fruity pear flavors, lemony citrus floral notes from the lemon-grass almost gives the flavors of a witbier. Dry and slightly tart finish with a slightly tart citrus linger

M- medium body with low low-yet-biting carbonation produces a crisp-yet-slick mouthfeel and dry finish

O- refreshing saison with some nice notes from the lemongrass, however I prefer a little more barnyard funk in a saison and this one was pretty light on that aspect. Overpriced, unfortunately

Photo of Hopbomber
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tone77
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The creator of the canquest, woodychandler, comes through again with another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a whiteish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is funky, musty, unusual and not so good. Taste is spicy, some malts, funky, some sourness, unusual and a bit off. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer wasn't terrible, just a bit to strange and barn yard for me.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale gold color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of slight citrus with some grainy malt.

Tastes of the citrus and grain with some spice. Citrus leads off with lemon zest. Some grassy notes come through as well leading into a sweet grainy malt. Touches of funk come on the end with a little peppery spice. Floral hops also make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid saison, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can picked up at Bier Thirty in Bown last week sometime... Enjoyed tonight after a long day on the clock... Pours a slight hazy glowing straw golden... short lasting white head leaves decent lacing in the wake.

Aromas are pretty traditional Belgian spicy phenols and some expected lemongrass... some bready pale maltiness...

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose perfectly... perhaps a bit too much residual maltiness IMO, but it isn't a deal breaker.. lemongrass/citrus zest lingers long on the finish.

Body seems heavy for a 5% saison, but a good carbonation helps scrub the palate... pretty drinkable despite being a bit burpy.

Good beer... Not sure I would buy it again, but it is always cool to find a saison in a can.


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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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Lemongrass Saison from Maui Brewing Co.
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