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Saison Blanc - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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:
Brewed w/ green raisins & white pepper.

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

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +33%
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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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

11-21-2013 05:09:53 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

08-30-2012 00:54:44 | More by LarryMyers
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

12-15-2013 14:08:31 | More by Bubbalito
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BaronRogue

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

10-22-2013 03:52:46 | More by BaronRogue
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tanarm

California

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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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pfhanlon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-07-2013 02:39:40 | More by mportnoy
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KenGoesBeer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

10-25-2013 00:29:51 | More by KenGoesBeer
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tanzbodeli

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-17-2014 03:03:43 | More by tanzbodeli
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beerpadawan

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-25-2012 16:48:09 | More by beerpadawan
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mhaugo

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

09-13-2013 04:54:36 | More by mhaugo
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Rjhami

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-23-2013 00:34:47 | More by Rjhami
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quilty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13%

10-23-2013 23:29:25 | More by quilty
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-10-2013 21:49:18 | More by rolltide8425
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Swedgin

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

07-01-2014 01:50:37 | More by Swedgin
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13%

09-12-2013 00:39:05 | More by ShemRahBoo
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13%

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

California

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +10.4%
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 +9.8%
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 +9.8%
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 +6.6%
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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Todd

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-15-2013 22:32:43 | More by Janeinma
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Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.