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Saison Blanc - The Lost Abbey

Saison Blanc
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BA SCORE
85
very good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%


Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed w/ green raisins & white pepper.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-13-2011)
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Todd

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-14-2013 18:38:26 | More by Todd
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pfhanlon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-14-2014 17:16:54 | More by pfhanlon
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-09-2014 22:24:19 | More by jim_carignan
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-04-2014 23:58:20 | More by MarkyMOD
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Zach136

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-03-2014 03:48:44 | More by Zach136
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scottfrie

California

3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into snifter. Vintage 2013 printed on bottle.

A: Pours a clear light straw color with a very dense and soft whipped egg-white head that took forever to slowly collapse into a thick mousse of a film. Chunks of rocky laceing were left down the glass.
S: The nose reeks of earthy yeast and herbal, dirty and farmy scents, as well as slightly tart golden fruits, green fruits, golden raisins, and mild white pepper. Strong smelling, unique, and a bit funky.
T: Leafy and herbal notes hit first followed by earthy and musty notes. Fruit brings up the rear and the finish is tingly and slightly sour. I get flavors of damp basement, barnyard, yard trimmings, chopped wood, slight lemon, peach, golden raisins, golden pears, white wine, and green apples. The finish is bready and slightly sweet and the aftertaste contains notes of the white pepper and leafy garden herbs.
M: Frothy tight carbonation bubbles up on my palate. The body is medium, and slightly bitter/sour (not acidic though), and the mouthfeel is airy, light, a tad watery, and fairly smooth.
O: Interesting flavor but a bit off putting at times. Unique, but I probably wouldn’t buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 23:59:42 | More by scottfrie
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-22-2014 20:10:39 | More by afsdan
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dank203

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle pops loudly, lots of smoke. pours with a huge unmanageable head. aroma has some banana and peanut butter, earthy grains. really bitter beer, and very tart, lot of citrus peel, lime. well balanced once the head settles. just solid. if not for the price i'd buy more of it

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 21:50:35 | More by dank203
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-11-2014 00:39:19 | More by drewone
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle was poured into a large tulip glass. 2013 vintage cork and cage. I would recommend something with great grip or a corkscrew to open this sucker. At least you can say it was sealed well.

Appearance: This beer poured a frothy two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice layering from reduced head. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow color with bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, pepper, bready malts, white grapes, apples, pears, and golden raisins.

Taste: White grape, apple, pear, pepper, vanilla, bready malts, golden raisin subtle sweetness, and lingering bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, refreshing, a little dry, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and a little bitterness in the rear.

Overall: Pretty solid Saison. I could enjoy these more often.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 06:36:47 | More by Flounder57
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-08-2014 19:18:31 | More by Tucquan
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anteater

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-03-2014 04:49:00 | More by anteater
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage stamped on the shoulder.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange body. Nice white head. Some chunks settle to the bottom of the glass. A bit of lacing inside.

Smell - Diacetyl, which is really weird. Pear fruit aroma. A little white pepper. Some brett earthiness.

Taste - If I hold my breath and take a sip, I don't get the diacetyl until the very last flavor. Grainy malt with some doughy sweetness. Pepper is much more prominent. The finish is bretty with that diacetyl flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Heavier than I expected it to be. A little sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - As always, once I get that diacetyl aroma, that's all I can focus on. Ruined the rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 21:40:57 | More by Alieniloquium
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elmo17

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-02-2014 04:06:32 | More by elmo17
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kevanb

Illinois

3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a The Lost Abbey Teku.

First off, the cork was literally fused to the bottle, requiring not only a corkscrew, but also a pocket knife to open, which was a struggle for about 5-10 minutes. Once the cork was removed, parts of it were still stuck to the side of the bottle. The beer pours a very soft straw color, hues of gold, orange and lemon peel, hazy and cloudy with a few noticeable bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A big, 3 finger head, white in color and soapy and frothy in texture rises from the beer and settles nicely leaving huge swatches of lace behind. The aroma is very peppery, yeasty with a big amount of ripe fruit, soft malt, light earthy funk and some tangy citrus. It's not very balanced or remarkable, but complex to the style, it just comes off as a bit harsh rather than delicate. The flavors really accentuate the sharpness, lots of prickly pepper, ripe fruit, don't really denote any raisin character which is unfortunate as it's a signature ingredient, but the yeasty fruit flavors are more on the lighter side. There is some soft funk, earth, but this beer is really dominated by the pepper and its sharpness. The body doesn't really tone that down at all, it's quite carbonated, extremely crisp, and a bit abrasive. The finish is a bit smoother and creamier on the lips, but it's certainly dry and zippy as it goes down.

Verdict: A miss from The Lost Abbey. The pepper really takes over this beer and the body is a bit too much when matched with this flavor profile. I had no trouble finishing a 375ml bottle, but I doubt I'd ever purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 01:11:38 | More by kevanb
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-29-2014 01:18:21 | More by maDUECEgunner
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-28-2014 17:44:37 | More by JAHMUR
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-26-2014 06:34:29 | More by vinny21bal
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Zekenyce

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-25-2014 02:54:32 | More by Zekenyce
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-23-2014 01:07:01 | More by Sammy
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mrchrisray

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-19-2014 01:59:58 | More by mrchrisray
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joe1510

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml
$5.49
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Good luck popping the cork. I had to resort to a corkscrew. The body is straw golden, very pale, when leaving the bottle but appears more like filtered honey when in the glass. There is a murkiness to the body and excessive swirling carbonation. An impressive three finger head easily forms on the pour becoming meringue like and leaving big chunky lacing. This is a great looking saison!

Grassy herbals and orchard fruit intermingle with a spicy white pepper characteristic. Gritty pear and slightly underripe peach kick things off. A deep whiff pulls up white grapes more so than raisins but either way it's deep in the background. The white pepper adds a nice kick to the somewhat spicy esters and buzzsaw dry grassiness. The spice is subtle but noticeable. The grassy hoppiness is bold.

Stride for stride the flavor profile keeps up with the nose. Orchard fruits begin and follow through to the finish. Spicy white pepper kicks up in the middle along with some subtle spicy esters and white grapes. There's a flash of candi sugar like sweetness before the swallow where the grassy bitterness takes over. I'm a fan of the ebb and flow of fruit, spice, and grass.

The body is light and the carbonation is dialed in like some of the best examples of the style. The carbonation is active enough in fact to get the tongue tingling before that buzzsaw of grassy hoppiness cuts through. A dry finish accentuates the white pepper and bitterness.

Saison Blanc tastes like a fresh, old school saison. I don't very often come across the noble hop bitterness in saisons anymore. The spice is well done with the pepper adding bite instead of overly spicy esters that I'm not a fan of. This is an all around delicious beer. I'm highly impressed!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 02:57:08 | More by joe1510
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very strong and foamy head that lasts for a long time. Some very nice lacing is left on the glass. The beer itself is a slightly hazy golden straw. The beer smell is interesting. The smell has the usual earthy and bitter smell of hops but the pepper and raisin are fairly prominent. The pepper mixes well with the earthy smell and the raisin add a bit of sweetness to balance it out a little bit. The taste is different. The bitter hops and the pepper dominate the taste and overwhelm the raisin. The sweetness comes out a little bit but not as much as in the smell. The beer has some crisp carbonation and medium bodied. The beer itself feels smooth with a very dry finish. Overall, a pretty good beer. The only that would make it perfect is if the raisins were more prominent in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:43:36 | More by HattedClassic
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eulerthegrape

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-07-2014 08:01:13 | More by eulerthegrape
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-05-2014 17:08:53 | More by deapokid
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Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.