Brother Levonian Saison - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brother Levonian SaisonBrother Levonian Saison

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
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

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by garuda:
Photo of garuda
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale golden body, slightly hazed, white cap has good retention with some lace.

S/T - Slight yeast funk, style considered, but this is more of a saison that ends up on the lemon candy, sweet side of things. Underlying yeast profile is slightly spicy with some herbal, grassy notes. Finishes dry.

M - Medium body, lively, delicate carbonation. Crisp, finishes clean.

O - Ok, but nothing particularly memorable. A sweeter saison with the funky yeast staying more in the background.

More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Poured hazy yellow-gold with a puffy white head that shrank but lingered on top. Earthy, fruity nose, but not funky. Light, grain and fruit flavors. Orange, lemon, and honey are prominent, with a backing of spice and pepper. The yeast washes everything with a sweet coating. Kind of a bitter finish, but dry. Nice.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a light golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of herbal hops and light fruits with a good amount of grassiness.

Tastes very good. A light malt backbone is overtaken quickly by herbal hops with very light fruit undertones. The ending is neither sweet nor bitter, it's just there.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could certainly have a few more.

Overall this is a solid low ABV saison. Nothing stands out as exceptional but this is a very easy-drinking saison and one I would certainly have again. Worth a shot.

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Niche in Geneva, Illinois. Served in a Two Brothers branded tulip glass. Only my second beer from Ballast Point, ordered just after I finished a Barmy Ale from them earlier in the night. A very smooth saison lacking the yeast/funk or dryness of a Tank 7/Saison-Brett - definitely more on the Hennepin end of the farmhouse spectrum as it is highly drinkable, smooth, and citrusy. Light golden color with a 1/2 inch frothy head. Very delicious and would absolutely order again.

Photo of MiScusi
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone for the San Diego Storm. Pours a really clear golden with a small light fizzy head. The smell is real earthy, yeasty. The taste was grainy, bready, belgian-like. Overall it was a very light beer, easily drinkable, yet interesting and tasty at the same time.

Photo of drl1990
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight amber color, has a skunky pilsner smell and tastes slightly like it as well, crisp and belgiany if that's a word. Basically if I made a crisp pilsner/belgian ale it would turn out like this beer. I prefer something with more hops but the fact this beer is not too skunky like some beers may be, but also not bland like some are is a nice balance, the difference between flavor and refreshness has been found but not perfected. Wonderful try at harrys hofbrau San Jose

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, lemon zest and a sweet earthiness. In the taste, just like the aroma, lemon zest and a small tart earthiness. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry earthiness in the aftertaste. Really nice flavor and quite easy to drink.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Modest head that leaves some streaky/spotty lace. The color is dark gold and clear.

Rich aroma of bittering hop and mildly toasted malt. Very appealing blend.

This is, perhaps, the most hopped Saison I've ever had. No earthiness and actually very little malt. The tale is about the bitterness--almost a Saison IPA. I like it as it emphasizes my preferences, but it is NOT a typical Saison. Full body with ample carbonation.

Photo of sfoley333
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Port C-Bad into a pint glass. Poured golden clear color with a finger thick white head little lacing. Smell is a mixture of spice, yeast, a little green orchaid fruit, a semi sweet malt aroma. Taste is sligth green apple, honey, pepper, fruit ester profile with a little green sourness. Mouthfeel is smooth light body with a really mellow but active carbonation level. This is really an easy drinking beer( finished my first in under 2 minutes and had several more) would be perfect for a nice sunny day. A wonderful tribute beer RIP Brother.

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Overall: a decent saison that is quite dry and also has a bit more hop presence than other saisons.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Hamilton's

Appearance is a murky bright orange hue, fair amount of white foam dissipates to a ring, watery lacing

Smell is a delicious range of fruits and spices, honeysuckle, orange blossom, light malts, honey, cotton candy, hints of cinnamon, pepper, light fruits, and hops

Taste is an initial push of sweet malts and fruits and spice, opens up to sweet honey and vanilla, finishes thick and sweet

Medium-bodied, fairly thick texture, lively carbonation a touch on the high side

Drinkability is high, this is one flavorful saison bursting with taste and amazing aromas, great example of the style

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty typical Saison at first taste. Slightly spicy, rather thin body. Moderately acidic. Just a slight fragrance of funk and flowers. A flinty, austere character. Pleasant hint of malt gives a fleeting glance. Clear amber in the glass with modest foam and lacing. Crisp yet flat in flavor. Maybe a good gulp at a picnic, but not particularly interesting for the style.

On tap at Local Habit in San Diego.

Photo of emmasdad
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap a dark golden color, with an impressively rocky off-white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, coriander, brown spices and lemon zest. On the palate, I got bready malt, more lemon and a little grapefruit. Refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

9/2/2011

On tap at Home Brew Mart. This is a fresh batch that was put on today while I was enjoying Longfin. I haven't had this for a couple years.

A: Hazy yellow gold with a finger of white froth.

S: Strong spicy pepper phenols with notes of pear and ripe golden apple. Coriander is evident. Malt is grainy with a little sweetness.

T: Pepper-like spiciness up front with pronounced fruity esters reminding me of pear and apple. Malt is bready and slightly sweet. Bitterness is low and herbal. The finish marks an increase in pepper-like spiciness with coriander and accompanying grainy malt.

M: Medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A solid Saison, but the pepper spiciness was a little too strong.

Photo of Moose90
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of paytoplay
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Saison I've ever had. After hearing the touching story about the man who came up with the recipe it just added to the greatness this beer is. Stunning complexity and elegance. Saisons can being very strait and narrow, this one wonders but you always have a feel like it's on course. It's worth seaking out if you can find it on tap.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a chalky flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone. Deep golden orange color with a finger of solid white head. Aroma is grainy and malty with floral and clove notes. Flavor is honeyed malt with some lemon zest, clove, bananas, and yeast. Sweeter than your standard Belgian saison but still pretty tasty. Medium body, semidry finish, decent drinkability.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

Photo of callmemickey
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear orange-golden color with a cm tall white cap. Moderate retention and very light lacing. Inviting color.

S: A floral/grassy tone highlights a delicate fruit and honey center. Not getting any of the yeasty/funky/tart notes that I'd like to smell, at the very least, in the background.

T: Good clean flavor profile... the notes aren't muddled... definitely a floral-honey-pear? presence. Like the nose, a lot of typical saison flavoring is missing... while not always a bad thing, its presence would up the complexity here

M: As noted, clean presentation on the palate.. smooth.. somewhat refreshing.. good carbonation.. could use a more pronounced finish

D: A good saison, worth a try, it might do the trick for you.

Photo of joefuzz
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at double windsor saison night

Pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Smells kind of bready with a slight tropical fruit presence. At first sip it is very typical saison but as it warms up huge tropical mango, papya and star fruit. Mouthfeel and carbonation are session saison to the tee. Overall amazing beer....ballast point needs to send more draft only to the east coast

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap 1702, Tucson; October 2011
Arrives from the tap a burnished gold color that shows a mostly clear, straw gold color when held up to the light. The head is a creamy textured, off-white color. The aroma initially smells of stale beer, but there is also a touch of straw like and cracker like grain, and the finish has some green apple and pear like fruit aromatics that actually get pretty strong after a bit.

Cold, creamy textured and with a finish that tastes of stale beer and a bit of creamed corn. There is a touch of spice to the finish, but it is quite slight with perhaps a touch of ginger and white pepper. Somewhat sweet and a touch full bodied for a Saison, but I wouldn’t call it sweet tasting per se. This tastes a bit of dried-grassy grain, touches of pale cracker like malt, perhaps a touch of honey-like maltiness and some chewy white bread crumb notes. The spice character is quite muted here, there is a touch of phenolics character that seems more musty than clove like at times, plus there is something that seems to remind me a bit of oxidized nutmeg for some reason. The fruit character from the nose carries through to the flavor with ample notes of pear, perhaps a touch of melon rind and a hint of green apple flavors.

Not sure if there is something about stale tap lines influencing this beer or not, but even if so, the “Saison” character of this beer seems quite a bit more muted than I would like to see. Really not that great for a Saison, though it is not a bad beer; drying this out and getting some proper Saison yeast character in this brew would go a long way towards improving this.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a soft white head.

S: Fragrant nose of stone fruit, peppery herbs and grass.

T: A peppery, coriander dry taste overall. Mild fruit, I get a little Anjou pear, nectarine and golden delicious apple, similar to Saison de Lente in a lot of ways.

M: Light/medium body, off-dry, smooth.

D: Another winner from BP. Not the best saison ever, but a solid example and it's for a great cause. Drink up.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught at the brewery. Clear gold with a small head. Aroma of some spices, lemon and oranges. The flavor is dry and bready with some spicy pepper and other spice. I'm getting quite a few things, but they seem to muddle and cancel each-other out. Light on body with lots of carbonation. I'd love to have this out of a bottle; I think that the conditioning could add some nice nuance, on-tap this was a bit messy.

Brother Levonian Saison from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.