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Saison Blanc - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

176 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
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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Photo of themind
2.79/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This over carbonated mess of a beer left me wondering why Lost Abbey ever made it. The beer pours a massive overflowing head even when carefully pouring the beer. The aroma was very yeasty. The color was nice but the huge head ruined it for me. The taste was like an average Belgium beer. I dont pick up the white pepper or raisins at all. In the end this beer is a bit of a fail for me.

Bottom Line: Cool bottle, sub-par beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Photo of ehammond1
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

A clear golden yellow with a big, thick white head. Plenty of lacing. A beautiful pour.

A yeasty and fruity aroma. Some mild funk, black pepper and sweet white fruit.

A tasty enough saison, at least initially, but there's a lingering, unwelcome aftertaste I really can't get past. The initial swallow is slightly more bitter than I like, though it is accompanied by flavors of tasty and funky yeast, pepper, and sweet fruits, but this beer leaves me with an unpleasant, unwelcome, almost chemically aftertaste. Unfortunate.

A thin to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

All good, except for the aftertaste, which makes this a decidedly average saison in my books, and not one I'm likely to revisit again, unfortunately.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of kevanb
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Lost Abbey already has a few saisons in its portfolio, though this white saison looks new. Coming in a 375 ml corked and caged bottle, which is a refreshing change from the 750 ml format. On to the beer:

Beauty in a glass. Color is pale yellow like a witbier, slightly cloudy, and topped with an airy, thick bone white head which retains extremely well and is sticky. The aroma brings hope for things to come. The white pepper is noticed, also vague fruitiness, and pineapple flesh. I'm ready for this.

Blah. Much too dry, as dry as Death Valley. The flavor whispers of gum, spice, and a strong bitterness. Again, much too dry. That's a shame, because the texture actually feels pleasant in the mouth, with its medium body and very smooth feel.

Sounded like a worthwhile experiment, but the execution was subpar. Much of Lost Abbey's beers are significantly better than this.

Photo of Cavery
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Party, had on tap.

A: Completely transparent hay body with some shimmering orange fish scales. White grape flesh and some rays of beach sunsets. Quite a foamer from the tap pour, and a huge filter of silkscreen lacing smothers the inside of the glass. Reasonable head retention rounds out a decent visual.

S: Lively pungent golden raisins, and some honey floral sweetness. A slight hint of spice that cuts the sweetness for only a minute, before the ingredients catch back up with the brew. Really this smells so sweet, and there's no funk to really break the smothering sweetness. Lots of vinous dessert wine qualities.

T: The taste actually isn't too sweet -- golden raisins with a drier emptiness that you'd expect to be sweeter. Some very light honey blends with milky flowers for an awkward creamy faux-tea taste. A bit of vague plant stems fills some of the gaps where you might expect some more complexity, or earthy funk. However, this remains more wine-like than earthy.

M: Dry light-medium body with a velvet coating. The mouth really takes over as you drink, it invaded my lips from contact. Not unpleasant, but very contagious. This has an infectious low-grade velvet sandpaper mouth-feel that will not leave the lips out of it. The brew drinks very much like wine over these textures.

O: This really was a bit of a bummer for me, I found a lot of the flavors to be almost watery. There's some interesting harmony with the mixes of milky florals, light raw honeys, and golden raisins; but it's lost in a boring too-subtle-did-not-listen kind of way. This beer shows potential for nuances, but the flavor needs an upgrade to highlight the subtleties. Right now the mouth feels like the mouth of a much better drink than the flavor provides. Hopefully this is tweaked a bit more in time. Also, the strange cut in flavor in the middle of the beer just comes off weird, is it the pepper? That needs to go, or be overhauled.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of scottfrie
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.

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Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.