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Saison Blanc - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Inspired by crisp white wines, Saison Blanc features New Zealand hops, golden raisins and white pepper for a decidedly bright, spicy, and robust low ABV beer. Finished with Brettanomyces at packaging, this beer will evolve for many more years to come.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-13-2011)
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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

outoffocus, Yesterday at 08:14 PM
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

hollywood_15063, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of abagofit
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

abagofit, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

RavenForBeer, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this chilled from the corked and caged bottle in a willybecker.

The color is straw golden with light haze and pillowy white head with a fine bead and wavy clinging lace which adorns the glass. The smell is magnificent with a mix of white grape andslight floral aspect with plenty of vinous elements and light grain in the aroma with a mild sweet and earthy odor with slight spicy yet fruity scent of yeast with malt blending with a slight sulfur in the aroma. The feel is very good with nice carbonation level and low sweetness with a light spice texture and mildly tangy yeast with slight peppery texture and malt graininess with slight vinous element in the yeast which also brings a nice dry quality to the feel and still efferverscent in the finish.

The flavor is good with malt up front and a slight spice flavor which is accompanied by yeast mid palate with very dry quality yet nicely carbonated bringing a hint of swetetness and a backdrop to the subtle vinous flavor and earthy peppery aspecet with some mild grain flavor in the finish. Overall I really enjoyed this however it is not exceptional as far as saisons go, although there is nice spice and fruit ...I like how the yeast works in the flavor and raisins add to an overall dry feel which is enjoyyable

Slatetank, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

masterofsparks, Oct 26, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

capnamerica, Oct 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

twelveinches, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Gbell, Oct 04, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +12.5%

Alodnar, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of Samp01
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden blonde with a medium white fluffy lasting head, some lacing. Aroma is sweet fruity notes, yeast, mild dried fruit and citrus notes Taste is sweet fruit notes, yeast, mildly zesty and peppery spiced hops. A medium body on the palate with good lively carbonation. Finish is mildly sourness and sweet fruity flavors,yeast, some wildly mild sour notes of white grapes with a mild peppery hops bitterness for balance. A very good flavorful brew.

Samp01, Sep 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

spycow, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of carlos_fleico
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

350ml bottle poured into a wide-mouth snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with about three fingers of a white foamy head. Good retention - dissipates quickly leaving lacing behind. You can't see a whole lot of carbonation because of the beer haziness. (4.25)

S: The smell is incredibly amazing. Very spicy, peppery, orange zest, citrusy, very refreshing. The smell is also dry and has a slight faint malt aroma on the back of it. (4.75)

T: Follows the nose on many aspects. Belgian spices stand out, peppery notes and the dryness also do. Orange and lime zest suit this brew incredibly well. Taste is very yeasty, really interesting. Slightly bitter. (4.25)

M: Light-bodied, very light but rich in taste. Extremely refreshing, very dry and it has a little bitterness to it. Even though you can't see the carbonation (due to the beer's haziness), you can definitely feel it. Very carbonated. (4.25)

O: This is definitely among my favorite saisons. The aroma is absolutely great, so is the taste. Definitely recommended. (4.25)

carlos_fleico, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Dweedlebug, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Haybeerman, Aug 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

kjrod20, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +6.1%

(Served in a teku)
A- 4.5 This beer pours a golden yellow body that is 3/4 of a glass of white foam that pushes above the rim. The second pour is quite murky. There are columns of microbubbles traling up the glass.

S- 4 The dry hint of club soda has some clove qualities with a sweet yeasty note and some white tea leaves to finish. There is a soft floral aroma with some field corn and herbaceous qualities as it opens.

T- 4 The dry club soda blends with yeast esters and the finish is dry. Growing more dry as it opens. There is some green peppercorn bite that grows as the beer opens in the aftertaste.

M- 4 The light mouthfeel has a crisp tight fizz with no alcohol heat

O- 3.5 The nice flavor is cut by the really too dry finish that is made worse by the bitterness of the peppercorn. It would be nice to have more yeast character or raisins to balance that flavor.

rhoadsrage, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

MrPlayboy, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

billab914, Aug 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

malfunxion, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

apasternak, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375mL into a tulip. Pours a pale hazy yellow w/ a bright white head.

Aroma is intriguing. Lime? Chamomile? Cilantro? Pepper? Orange? I'm getting a lot of surprising smells but the label just says golden raisins and white pepper. Curious...

Taste is likewise complex and unique. Citrus, spice, blood orange, pepper. A rustic, earthy, grassy quality holds it together. Nicely juicy.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced.

Overall a very different saison, and enjoyable.

draheim, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

anabar, Jul 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.