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Brother Levonian Saison - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brother Levonian SaisonBrother Levonian Saison

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BA SCORE
82
good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
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:
This version wasn't bottled. For the Port Brewing version:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 5318/49726 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2008)
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KimenTshom

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-21-2012 23:35:43 | More by KimenTshom
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MickeyHops

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-08-2012 23:24:08 | More by MickeyHops
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timwardjr

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-15-2012 19:09:22 | More by timwardjr
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JohnLynch


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

06-06-2012 04:18:39 | More by JohnLynch
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prisdefer

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

06-02-2012 20:30:28 | More by prisdefer
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mettkea

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-24-2012 01:19:35 | More by mettkea
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Irrationalist

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-13-2012 02:00:43 | More by Irrationalist
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

05-08-2012 01:23:47 | More by djaeon
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joefuzz

New York

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%

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

05-02-2012 23:04:12 | More by joefuzz
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justiceavocado

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

04-28-2012 21:08:43 | More by justiceavocado
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heresy22

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-27-2012 04:16:57 | More by heresy22
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teleman

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-25-2012 22:16:40 | More by teleman
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drl1990

California

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

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

03-09-2012 05:25:21 | More by drl1990
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

02-15-2012 03:17:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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mactrail

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

12-12-2011 03:55:34 | More by mactrail
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mjl21

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-16-2011 02:34:06 | More by mjl21
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-16-2011 00:55:37 | More by codynevels
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HopHead84

California

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

09-02-2011 21:08:45 | More by HopHead84
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

09-22-2010 16:01:12 | More by OWSLEY069
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

08-26-2010 00:22:10 | More by emmasdad
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bulletrain76

California

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

12-23-2009 06:45:26 | More by bulletrain76
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

07-31-2009 20:50:21 | More by callmemickey
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

07-28-2009 04:31:12 | More by glid02
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magictrokini

California

3.78/5  rDev +5%

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.

07-23-2009 23:12:57 | More by magictrokini
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illidurit

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

07-14-2009 06:43:23 | More by illidurit
Brother Levonian Saison from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.