Saison Blanc - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 205
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-13-2011

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.
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Photo of drpimento
5/5  rDev +31.9%
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! (689 characters)

Photo of tanarm
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of carlos_fleico
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

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) (1,032 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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 (726 characters)

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice take on a saison. The hops compliment the golden raisins nicely. Not like champagne but Reminded me of white wine with a bit of pepper & carbonation. Could drink 3-4 bottles on a warm day outside. (208 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 (1,283 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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! (1,786 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Lost Abbey teku glass.
A - Pours a hazy golden straw color with a mountainous, pillowy head. The lacing never goes away. A beautiful looking beer.
S - Yeast and citrus
T - Slightly tart, a little spicy and bitter, reminds me of champagne
F - Dry, medium carbonation
O - Another very good beer from Lost Abbey. I'm not a fan of sours, and this falls more on the tart side rather than sour. Very drinkable, but the dryness means I'll have just one. But I will have it again. (487 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.5%

(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. (898 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  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. (569 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle.
Appearance: mostly yellow. Slightly hazy. Thin head of large bubbles. Decent lacing.
Smell: Chardonnay-like. Light phenols. Light saison/Belgian yeast.
Taste: light malt followed by wine. Slightly tart, ending with pepper and light hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light body. Dry.
Overall: different take on a saison. Has the backbone of a saison, but leans toward a wine. Maybe Bier de Garde or Geuze. Funky, but a good beer. (471 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,205 characters)

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Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey
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