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Brother Levonian Saison - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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83 Ratings
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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:
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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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 magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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 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 Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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 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 sfoley333
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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 MiScusi
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
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 Stoneman78
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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

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