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Brother Levonian Saison - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brother Levonian SaisonBrother Levonian Saison

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2008

This version wasn't bottled. For the Port Brewing version:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 5318/49726 
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On Tap @ Aces & Ales

A – Very bright in the glass, pale yellow with a tall bright white head. Lacing left behind is solid and the retention is great throughout.

S – Nice for the style, yeasty notes for the most part, bright lemon, star anise and a nice grassy note.

T – Quite refreshing, lemongrass, citrus and banana notes, not much of a yeasty funk here.

M – Good balance here, some of the notes in the nose and taste may lead this one to be a bit thick. Overall a very nice mouthfeel, carbonation level cuts through the residual sweetness. Clean finish.

O – A nice refreshing Saison. Nice to find it on tap. Out of the bottle some of the sweeter and yeastier notes may dominate. A very good looking, and tasting beer here.

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Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a thin 1/4" head.

Smell: spicines is up front, with some floral bitterness in the background.

Taste: graint malt, lemon zest, pepper, some other spiciness along with some earthiness. Bitterness is pretty noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and very dry dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger on the tongue.

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On-tap at Ballast Point itself, 8 ounces. On to the beer:

This saison is colored yellow with a highlighter accent, topped with a semi-creamy head and patchy lace. I didn't understand why, but I got a note of urinal cake in the nose. It has the dry and spicy aspect of a saison, so it has that going for it. The saison style on any given day can be of my favorite styles, but it could also be one of my least favorite styles. Unfortunately, Brother Levonian hits closer to the latter. It's dry with a slightly fruity note. Vague spices help remind of the style. Still, I can taste a bit of urinal cake that I smelled. And this is where I'm glad that I didn't purchase a full pour.

No, not a fan. What's next to drink?

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Brother Levonian Saison from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.