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Saison Blanc - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 42
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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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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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pour yields a straw-golden brew with a pretty good white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nice brings some light golden fruits and a bit of an earthy character. Moderate spice in the background. The flavor is a bit too spicy without enough of that fruit coming back in. Some light grain in the background. Light body with good carbonation and a very dry finish. Pretty good, but not one of the better saisons I've come across.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 10:31:58 | More by Thorpe429
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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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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very thick, foamy head. Settles slowly with a definitive dome. Leaves some spotty, but chunky, lace. The color is straw with a bit of white haziness.

Sour cream aroma. A bit of clove and white pepper to the nose as well.

Spicy flavor with plenty of black pepper and hop bittering. Very brief, pale malt start with a touch of sourness. Proper body for the style--highly carbonated. Subtle and short-lived aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 21:28:42 | More by smcolw
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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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kojevergas

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage acquired at Lost Abbey's tasting room last week. "Brewed with golden raisins and white pepper." 5.5% ABV according to my bottle. 12.7 fl oz bottle with great label art and hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess. Nice thickness. Retention is pretty decent - about 3-4+ minutes.

Body colour is a fairly vibrant yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible (I didn't pour them). No bubble show.

Looks pretty typical of the style. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Lemon esters/zest, floral hops, clean pilsner malts, clean barley, straw, white pepper, and a nice graininess. Some biscuity yeast. Having trouble finding any golden raisin. Lemon pepper. A pleasant inviting aroma of mild strength.

No alcohol is detectable. Hop presence is minimal. Not as complex an aroma as the best beers in the style possess.

T: Heavy white pepper - especially in the third act. A bit of clove. The pepper grows spicy. Some lemongrass/lemon pepper. Not as grainy as the aroma suggested. Pilsner malts. Hints of biscuity yeast. Minimal floral hop character. Nicely balanced, if perhaps a bit less complex than the style calls for. The peppery character in particular is nice. Good subtlety. No milky notes. Good depth and intensity of flavour for the style. Flavour duration is roughly average for a saison. Not finding any golden raisin; that might help balance the spicy pepper a bit. Not sweet or bitter, but definitely spicy for the style due to the pepper.

This might be interesting if aged in white wine barrels.

Mf: Smooth and wet up front with some rougher coarseness towards the back end from the peppery character. Good carbonation; I've never had a problem with Lost Abbey's carbonation. Good body and presence on the palate. Texture complements the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Quite drinkable. Hides its modest ABV well. It hits the peppery notes nicely; this might be the second most pepper forward saison I've ever had behind Sgt. Pepper. I'd get it again, preferably on-draught. More complexity and subtlety could elevate this to greatness; a solid saison from Lost Abbey. I coul definitely go for another, but the light spiciness does restrict drinkability somewhat; I wouldn't want a whole growler in a night, for example.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:08:11 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage.

Pours a cloudy and very dark gold color that kind of looks like apple cider with a massive three finger, pillowy foam head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Looks over carbonated taking forever to finally settle. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, funky aroma with strong zesty spices, sweet vinous fruit and pale. Funky farmhouse yeast notes with musty brett, and prominent peppery spice. Hints of pepper, ginger and coriander along with bread, biscuit, apple, pear, raisin and citrus rind. Nice balance of farmhouse funk/yeast, ester-y light fruit, brett and spice.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with lots of bubbly carbonation. Too much so for my preference. Very earthy and musty with nice farmhouse/saison like flavors. I don't know if brett is added but it feels like it with a nice dry and earthy, Orval-like character. The pepper/spice flavor is pretty strong but not as prominent as in the nose. Zesty and peppery with hints of clove, ginger and coriander providing a nice compliment to the earthy funk. Bready yeast notes come in mid palate, giving the beer fullness and some needed balance. Still, I thought that there need a little more sweetness to counter the other flavors. The light fruit flavors found in the nose are minimal here and only come in on the back end. Just a touch of grape and apple cider-y flavor but the spices and funk dominate. Overall, this was a pretty decent beer but the carbonation level is too high for my liking and it comes off a bit one note. Okay but I wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 05:54:57 | More by corby112
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DoubleJ

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 17:50:06 | More by DoubleJ
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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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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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champ103

Texas

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazed golden/yellow color. At first a large rocky white head forms, and rises to over two fingers. The head gently recedes in a minute with light lace.
S: Earthy, grassy, and light citrus aromas. I think I get some raisins, but it is closer to a dry tannin like grape skin. Finishes with a peppery spice, and a bit of bitterness.
T: A bit earthy, and grassy. Lemon rind, and some white grape skins. White pepper. Green, leafy, tea like that is very astringent and bitter. That lingers on forever.
M/D: A light body with moderate carbonation. A nice puckering dryness that I enjoy. Still a bit on the thin side. Easy to drink. I am going through this bottle in no time.

Not a bad Saison. Very colorful flavors. The strong lingering astringency and bitterness keeps this from being special. Not something I would turn to often, but a nice curiosity every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 03:45:18 | More by champ103
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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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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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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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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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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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 04:30:25 | More by ehammond1
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.