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Saison Blanc - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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:
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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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Sammy, Jan 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

t0rin0, Dec 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

spycow, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

djrn2, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, May 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Feb 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SocalKicks, Aug 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

largadeer, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

JAHMUR, Jan 28, 2014
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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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 20, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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

Slatetank, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Nov 30, 2013
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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

kojevergas, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

drewone, Feb 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Sep 19, 2013
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Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.