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Saison Blanc - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-23-2014 01:07:01 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

12-12-2012 03:40:41 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

08-27-2012 00:05:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

09-13-2013 00:42:40 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

05-18-2011 10:31:58 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

10-15-2013 17:06:59 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

12-25-2013 02:36:27 | More by metter98
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

09-14-2013 21:36:09 | More by acurtis
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-19-2014 08:22:38 | More by zestar
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

02-22-2011 19:07:52 | More by womencantsail
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-09-2013 00:26:38 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-08-2013 21:17:58 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-28-2014 17:44:37 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-13-2012 04:05:48 | More by SocalKicks
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

10-24-2013 01:35:00 | More by MasterSki
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

10-20-2013 01:46:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-22-2013 11:07:58 | More by DrunkinYogi
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-04-2014 23:58:20 | More by MarkyMOD
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kojevergas

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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

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

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-08-2014 16:20:12 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-11-2014 00:39:19 | More by drewone
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

(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.

08-18-2014 14:31:35 | More by rhoadsrage
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DoubleJ

California

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

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