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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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drpimento

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a beer! Poured at a good temperature with a colossal, foamy, frothy, billowy, off-white head that settled after a bit and some lacing. Color is a clear yellow with lots of different size bubble trails. Aroma is a full, heady blend of yeast, honey, fruit, spice, grass, biscuit. Probably more, but I might up all night identifying it all. Flavor's like nose, matches the traditional profile perfectly, has a very strange character of being sweet yet dry! Complemented with perfectly carbonic tang and a lingering bitterness. Body/carbonation are spot on. Finish is like flavor, tapers nicely, and true the whole way. Extremely drinkable any time of the year. Absolutely faultless!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 02:18:26 | More by drpimento
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tanarm

California

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely clear pale yellow - looks like a pilsner. Best clarity on a Lost abbey beer I've ever seen... Quick to lacing.

Hops and funk on the nose. Sweetness too. Honeydew melon, some pineapple, and pepper spice. Really nice.

Grassy, herbal hop punch. Fades into fruity, yeasty notes, medium-high bitterness lingers. Slight bubblegum. Bitter melon, mango. Noble hops.

Good body for the low abv. Finish is bitter and crisp.

This is a really great session beer, and a good beer for a saison lover. Would have it again, and again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 00:43:55 | More by tanarm
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blackie

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: served in a standard shaker pint, saison blanc is a medium clear golden color, capped with a bone white head that shows good retention

s: crisp, clean pilsner malt structure, lots of citrusy herb, lemon, glimpses of grapefruit, fresh grass, fresh phenolic spices are a great compliment, really like this

m: carbed to a medium-high level, lighter and body, crisp and refreshing on the palate

t: snappy-clean pils malt body, dry, brightly grassy and citrus pith hops, peppery phenol, lemony herb, drying finish with a hint of grapefruit, very clean and sharp to finish, quite nice

o: love the cleanliness and herbal citrus character here, it's snappy and highly drinkable, very much enjoyed

draft at Falling Rock, Denver

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2011 23:46:25 | More by blackie
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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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HopHead84

California

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/12/2011

Pilot batch on tap at the Red Poppy release. From what I remember, this is similar to a Wit bier recipe sans coriander and orange peel with a heavy dose of Nelson, some green raisin, and some French oak. 

A: Bright straw golden with a slight haze and an impressive frothy white head. Retention is great and the many bubbles feed the head for quite some time. Lacing is excellent.

S: Grassy and earthy with spicy phenols reminiscent of clove and white pepper. Green raisins are faint and oak is also restrained. Hops come through nicely.

T: Upper moderately bitter with a clove-like spiciness and some white pepper. Hops are grassy with a little gooseberry and some grapefruit. Green grapes and oak are both subtle.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation. 

Overall: Really refreshing and drinkable. I'm eager to try the final product.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 19:12:29 | More by HopHead84
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jethrodium

California

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a hazy light amber with a two finger white head that sticks around for a long time and leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is some black pepper, a bit of earthy funkiness, and some light lemon. A bit of clove as well. The initial taste is dry with some black pepper, then comes a bit of funkiness with some earthy mineral notes and some light grass. The finish is clean and really dry. This beer was really dry throughout, which I enjoy. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite a nice saison. I hope they brew this one regularly.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 05:09:29 | More by jethrodium
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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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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

On tap at the Falling Rock and served in a pint glass. Bright yellow-orange. Smells very interesting, spicy and sweet, floral, smells good. The taste was also sweet and made me think of honey and then spices. Overall this was a nice saison although it did have a bevy of different flavors so it was a little more intense than most saisons I'm used to.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 18:59:41 | More by ArrogantB
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ngeunit1

California

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

A - Served a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy thick white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet malts with some lemon, funk, grain, farmhouse smells, and a bit of coriander.

T - Starts off with some wheat, lemon zest, light spice and funk, and a bit of coriander. Through the middle, more lemon comes through with some tartness, grain, and funk. The finish is a mix of lemon, wheat, yeast, and funk.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and crisp finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice sessionable Saison with good balance throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 05:20:42 | More by ngeunit1
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popery

California

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

Pours a pale orange-yellowish gold color with a puffy white head. Quite hazy. Very good head retention. Nice looking beer. The beer is surprisingly mild. The pepper shows up with some mild spice, but it's otherwise pretty standard saison fare, albeit very good saison fare. Nice earthiness, mild fresh grain sweetness. The sweetness might seem a bit more filled out than normal, but that assessment might be a product of unconscious perception bias. Hard not to look for the raisins when they're listed on the label. Taste is moderately dry. Again, it's rather mild. The pepper pops up again, and adding to that, the beer finishes with some bitterness. The sweetness does seem kinda fruity when I look for it. Nice earthy yeast flavor. Light, though not terribly so for the style. This is a nice beer that I'd be happy to drink whenever. It won't blow anyone away, but it's still quite solid. It's not up to Saint's Devotion for me, but it's in the same ballpark, another understated but solid TLA Belgian-style ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 01:52:26 | More by popery
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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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metter98

New York

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of lemony citrus and peppery spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste resembles the smell, except that there is less of the lemon citrus and some notes of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be pleasant. It has a lot of properties that a dry white wine exhibits, except it lacks the grape-like flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 02:36:27 | More by metter98
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robbyc1

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was listed at 4.5% abv at the Pizza Port in Ocean Beach CA. Very clean light gold good white lace and clearish. Clean esthers w no funk, but a good dry finish with light maltiness. A very easy drinking saison, served in a tulip. Nicely refreshing with a silky mouthfeel. Not my favorite saison bit quite an achievement if truly a session ale at 4.5%. Go lost abey, keep it up.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 02:59:04 | More by robbyc1
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a total winner. 9 bucks a bottle at park and company downtown. once you finally get the cork out, it has a hazy golden color, with a robust and long lasting white head, beautiful really. the nose is slightly fruity, but I don't smell either golden raisons or white peppercorns, its two esoteric adjuncts. a fun flavor profile, light and way bubbly, summery, but it has an almost Arabic spice profile, Ramadan or something, but I can only attribute this to the dried fruit complex of the raisons. pepper is on the finish, but its not too forward. wheat malt is thick and sturdy, a big base for a delicate beer otherwise. yeasty in the final sips. pleasurable and bigger than its under 6% abv indicates. worked well with a blackened chicken and avocado sandwich, and has a really clean and bright mouthfeel that makes it better than it really probably is. lost abbey refuses to quit making unique stuff. I like this a lot, and even at this price I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:46:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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flagmantho

Washington

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad!

Smell: quite sweet with a light level of farmhouse funk. There's a mild fruitiness and a very light tang; not sure how much of that is attributable to the raisins, but it's definitely there. I like it.

Taste: the sweetness is a little subdued in the flavor, which has more of a grainy character and a bigger farmhouse bite. There's a light fruity tartness here which complements the overall effect well; there's also a spiciness which is subtle but complementary -- whether this is the pepper or just the saison funk, I don't know. In any case, it's balanced and satisfying.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a strong carbonation and big creaminess. Kudos!

Overall: this beer is tasty and drinkable. Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 21:17:29 | More by flagmantho
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. A solid pure white head with good retention.

(S)- A bit dry with a grassy spiciness to it. Subtle lemon peel. Ever so slight funk.

(T)- Again, quite dry with a little lemongrass. I get the white pepper now but the green raisins are elusive in this.

(M)- A lively carbonation level. Dry and well balanced. Just not a ton going on; a basic saison, but its obviously well made.

(O)- Its a solid Saison for sure, it just does not stand out for me. Definitely enjoyable though.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 20:22:14 | More by sweemzander
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augustgarage

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood - 5.4% ABV, brewed with white pepper and green raisins - served in a tulip.

Hazy golden-yellow body with a messy smattering of beige marshmallow fluff. Thick tendrils of lacing; glossy tears; good retention.

Spicy nose with a mix of phenols and Muntok peppercorn. There is an herbal, nearly vegetal quality as well, and hints of white grape emerge as the ale warms.

White pepper is first on the palate, a biting dryness with hints of fruit peeking out from the margins. Herbal hops contribute a mild to moderate bitternes, while the earthy phenolic finish is suggestive of Brett., though I think these flavors are coming from the white pepper entirely. The profile is rounded out by a touch of winter fruit and a slight minerality or gooseberry.

Crisp, cutting, slightly more than light-bodied mouthfeel. Well carbonated but I'd prefer a bit more effervescence...my preference for bottle conditioning for this style lives on.

Reminds me a little bit of Boulevard's Saison Brett at times, though the fermented earthy spiciness is all from peppercorn I think. Refreshing, dry, unusual, and the perfect foil to salty food, though some may find it fatiguing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 03:25:31 | More by augustgarage
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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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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey

A: This one pours a clear golden yellow color with a big (couple of fingers) white head and very impressive lacing.

S: A big time yeast aroma with a strong earthy funk to it. A lot of black pepper and some strong raisin notes. A lot of phenolics and a mild cheesiness. Other fruit notes such as golden dates and pears.

T: The pepper and spicy phoenols are strong on the front end. This beer is quite dry with a mild bitterness and some grassy and earthy hop notes. Light, cracker malts with a more subdued fruit character. A touch of sweet raisins and dates is about it.

M: Light to medium in body with a strong effervescence and the aforementioned dry finish.

D: The nose on this was quite nice, but the flavor wasn't quite there for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 19:07:52 | More by womencantsail
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Library Ale House in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, yeast, and some peppery aromas. Taste is much the same along with some earthy and herbal flavors. There is a medium peppery bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but the bitterness on this one is weird.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 00:05:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got it at Binny's! Served in a DryHop taster glass. Vintage 2013.

A - Giant white foam settles to a creamy meringue-like cap, with glass-coating lace. Hazy pale golden body.

S - Very peppery and phenolic, with musty farmhouse yeast, wheat and other grains. There's perhaps a hint of green grape skins in the periphery; wouldn't guess raisin though. Minimal sweetness.

S - The taste is also very peppery and phenolic, with a hint of aromatic pear skins and grains of paradise. Again, very grain and yeast heavy, with very low sweetness to it.

M - Medium body, with lower carbonation (guess it's all in the foam). Soft texture with a bit of grain to it and and a moderately dry finish. A bit of lingering stickiness that alludes to raisins. No obvious alcohol.

D - It's a serviceable Saison that's very peppery and phenolic. I could have gone for a bit more malt sweetness and some of the advertised raisin though. Not bad, just not overly exciting or memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 01:35:00 | More by MasterSki
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey is a spicy saison with some unripe fruit flavours. It's ok.

A: Straw yellow colour and a 3 mm head that fades leaving nice lacing. 4

S: Nice mix of malt and spice. Love the smell of the spicy saison yeast. 4.25

T: Light malt flavour with some unripe fruit flavours. A sharp spicy finish. 3.5

M: Quite highly carbonated. Foamy. 4

O: 3.75

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 06:43:55 | More by vandemonian
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a Vintage 2013 bottle into a Bruery tulip. Pours a nice, hazed gold with about an inch of head. The lace isn't too impressive.

Pale malts, grass, farmhouse yeast funk, slight spice at the end of the smell.

Country white bread, pepper and spice combine right up front in the taste. Yeasty funk, lemon rind and a mineral note follow. No hint of raisins. Heavy on carbonation but otherwise alright.

Not my favorite saison, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 02:12:04 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a towering head that persists for several minutes. Plenty of sticky lacing. Vinous aroma, like a buttery, full-bodied white wine. Ripe white grape and golden raisin notes. Very appetizing smell.

Flavor profile is quite dry, a bit peppery. Mild phenols and clove note from the yeast. Very light malt body that's complemented by fruity notes of tart green apple and some white grapes. Carbonation is vigorous but not overly harsh.

If the flavor had more depth and complexity, this would be a great Saison, but as it stands, it's merely a good one. Very interesting for only 5.4%, but the $5 price tag is asking a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 17:31:36 | More by gr0g
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Corked bottle poured into a pint glass

Hazy yellow with no visible carbonation. Pours a massive, billowy, fluffy white head with plenty of lacings. Looks amazing.

Aroma of grass , citrus and spicy pepper.

Sour,mild bitterness on the front of the tongue. Grassy, citrus which reminds me of a hefeweizen . Can't taste the raisins or white pepper. Gentle sour and bitterness on the finish. Light mouthfeel.

This beer has me all over the place. Looks great but the sourness puts me off.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 02:44:46 | More by WunderLlama
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Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey
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