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Saison Style Ale (Sonoma Farmhouse) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Saison Style Ale (Sonoma Farmhouse)Saison Style Ale (Sonoma Farmhouse)

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-10-2008)
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Reviews by BlindPig:
Photo of BlindPig
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- About a 1" thick white head when poured hard. It sits on a Light golden body with a little haze to it.
S- Breads, light hints of skunk (I think that is how it is supposed to be though), light european hops, yeast, and light toaster malts (almost like what you would smell in a amber ale). Almost has hints of a lager aroma.
T- The light toasted amber malts come through breads, yeast, dry grass hops, some kind of skunky funk, and kind of like a corn flavor.
M-Medium body with low carbonation.
D- Well this beer is really bad. It's like a mix between a light amber ale, saison, and a European lager. I think this is a beer for the sink to drink.

BlindPig, Aug 16, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of brewdogmrb
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I've actually had before the bottle I'm reviewing, when I was recently on the West Coast earlier in the spring. A friend told me to watch out for the Hop Stoopid, which was an amazing beer, and when I saw another entry in Lagunitas' "Sonoma Farmhouse" series, I was very intrigued. In the bottle out there, it was cheap and attractive, but I was left disappointed. Especially in the massive lineups we were concocting out there, this beer didn't stand out and was even bland. Perhaps trying this beer again in basically the same kind of company was a mistake (part of a tasting that included several Russian River and Lost Abbey beers), because the same thing happened. While this beer was pretty much a by-the-books Saison, it doesn't seem to make much sense to not even give this beer some kind of Hops characteristic or impart some small signature that we have come to know and love Lagunitas for. Basically, this bomber is an orthodox, nice Saison, that hits all of the right flavors on the nose but is disappointing overall -- mild, thin, bland in color and not complex. That being said, this is a killer Summer beer that you could drink all day long, but it paled in comparison to some of the monsters we were grappling with.

brewdogmrb, May 09, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Common Table.

The beer pours a gold-amber color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat in it, with some grass from the hops and also some Belgian yeast notes.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of pepper from the yeast, as well as a little bit of orange citrus and a lot of wheat. There is some hop flavor but not any bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is different from the Pinot Barreled version as it is not barreled. Hazy gold pour with a dense white head. Excellent lacing Banana, yeast, straw, and apples in the nose. A hint of pineapple and metal may occur. Smooth, sweet bubblegum and banana in the flavor. Honey, wheat, pears, orange zest, spice, and yeast come around frequently. Slightly musty, but in a good way. Leans toward the trippel in flavor.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear golden yellow with a somewhat small near-white head that doesn't leave much stick down the glass.

The aroma is that of a classic saison: some lemon, distinctive yeast, a bit of black pepper, and a bit of hay and grass.

The flavor is similar to the aroma and quite classic. The lemon and yeast are the main elements, with a bit of distinctive pepper and grass character.

Medium bodied with lower to moderate carbonation.

A classic saison that lacks a bit in appearance and mouthfeel.

ehammond1, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of OStrungT
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very light golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving pretty much no lace.

This beer has a pleasent grainy aroma. I can smell some spicy yeasy notes. Coriander and ginger. Slightly peppery also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Grainy with some spicy flavor. It also has a slightly grassy hop flavor.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a slightly peppery aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not too high in alcohol, and the flavor is nice.

Overall: Lagunitas has always been, to me, hit or miss. This beer is a hit. I liked it and I am sad that it took me this long to try it.

OStrungT, May 22, 2009
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Griffith, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of nbree00
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very drinkable beer, however the finish left me wanting a lot more flavor and spice. Immediately after being poured a very earthy, hoppy aroma comes through, definitely reminds me of a farmhouse ale. The beer is well carbonated although the head dissipates fast. The taste is quite delicious smooth, crisp with the saison style hops and malt. I just wish the flavors were a little stronger, typically I think of a belgian ale as being cloudier and with alot more spice. I guess if you like a milder cleaner style of saison then this would be a good brew for you.

nbree00, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S- The aroma features faint malt and citrus notes and yeast. Not much spiciness or funk that I have come to love in Saisons.

T- The taste also lacks many of the characteristics that I enjoy in Saisons. It is more malty with hints of citrus and lacking the spices and hoppy finish.

M- The taste is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, but it is definitely lacking in overall character.

cjgator3, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick review from the bar.

A- Bright golden straw color with a light orange hue. Head is 1 finger and sticks around for the duration.

S- Crisp and sweet. Candi sugar and citrus are the highlights with a little bit of "funk" thrown in.

T- Green apples, lemons, oranges and candi sugar.

M- Thin to medium with high carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable due to the refreshment factor but still a little too sweet for sessioning.

MMAJYK, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -12.5%

GRG1313, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Jettanbass9
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this was a last second pick up from Capones in Norristown.

Slightly cloudy with a pale pilsen gold hue. a high level of carbonation can be seen as tightly knit bubbles float to the top. A light thin eggshell hued head caps this refreshing looking brew.

Earthy, grainy notes take the forefront but a metallic blast cuts through it all. I searched for some sour notes but only found sweet malts and possibly some earthy/herbal hop aromas. The metallic note is very distracting.

Pilsner grains, sweet malts and an earthy, just barely, pepper character come through. This beer is clean, way too clean for the style. Nothing is offending, too extreme or too subdued but it just lacks any umph.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry with spot on carbonation. What it lacks in taste makes up in mouthfeel and body. This beer is easy to put down, no doubt about it. There is nothing offending about this brew just not a lot of character. If this were on tap, this would make a helluva contender to pair with just about any hearty dinner or rustic sandwich at lunch. It's clean, crisp profile makes a perfect pair with just about any meal.

Jettanbass9, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of leprakhan
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

leprakhan, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of theopholis
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a fairly clear, golden- light amber corlor with a nice frothy, white head that ihas some retention, and a good level of lacing.

Aroma- Lots of malt sweetness with hints of corriander. Not much else. Very crisp smelling however. Gets a woody smell as it warms.

Taste- Contrary to the aroma, very little malt sweetness. A very subtle, complex sour-mash A tad in the bittering hops. Not much else. It doesn't taste bad, just not much like a Saison.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good level of carbonation. The water they used was far to hard for the style. Probably the root of all their problems.l.

Drinkbility- Not really a Saison, but a nice, easy-drinking, over-priced lawnmower beer.

theopholis, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of lou91
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second of the new Lagunitas "Sonoma Farmhouse" label - the first being Hop Stoopid. The look was clear, yellow and fizzy and the smell was pleasant yeast and spice but way too subtle. The taste was also crisp, clean and yeasty with hints of some white pepper and coriander. I would like to see this unfiltered and spiced up since it is a good beer base but lacking much for the style. Well at least they had the decency to call it "saison style" since it is not a great saison but a decent session beer.

lou91, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this bottle in a trade recently as well. One of those that I never would have sought out, but was very glad that it found me. I used this as a nightcap believe it or not as I was just in the mood for the style. Served cold and poured into a fluted pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 04/12/2009.



The pour was very nice, very bright with a rich head of white that came up over the top almost immediately. Really nice retention at first before it faded down into nothing after a few moments. Loaded with carbonation that kept reinforcing it though, this was definitely top notch. The aroma was light, airy, with a hint of light hops and a touch of peach like fruit notes. Hints of light grass and lots of grain as it warms, a touch of sour as well in the nose. Nice smooth, clean and light feeling as I take the first sip, it was really quite refreshing I have to say. Light apple and grass like flavors were the dominant notes here. Really nice and tight flavor profile, I had no issue at all with getting this one down in a hurry.



Overall a very solid, very light and quite session able version of the style. I could see this one as my go to summer beer. Really very, very well done.

mikesgroove, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of rallison
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Smell is nice and yeasty.

Taste then bores you. Flavor is weak. Like a weak Belgian pale. Some yeasty earthiness and a touch of malt. Lacks almost any complexity. As it warms, it does take on just a touch of delicacy, but otherwise retains its mediocrity.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but finishes watery. Drinkability is ok.

Not recommended. One of the most boring saisons I have had. At least the Hop Stoopid is truly a good beer.

rallison, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of Spaz7
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Spaz7, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beer Authority, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of lemon citrus and grainy malts in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of lemony citrus and grainy malts in the flavors. There are some very slight hints of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The lemony aromas and flavors of this beer are nice except that it seems it could have used some more dryness and spices.

metter98, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap @ Papago
The beer resides a clear gold with a portly creamy white head that fades leaving the lace to form a thin veil upon the glass. Nose has a fair to middling malt aroma, slight hint of hops, citrus like crispness, start is somewhat sweet, with a touch of bitterness at the back, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a prickly acidity, the hops understated but present with a sour and dry aftertaste, seems to pick up on all fronts as it warms to the glass and room, fair drinking beer, certainly not as good as expected from “Lagunitas”!

Gusler, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of errantnight
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, one of the first times I cannot BELIEVE how off I feel so many people are (including some quite solid reviewers). "Not very saison like" seems to be a common complaint... not like WHAT saisons?

It does not have the rich fullness of some of the super saisons, or the sour notes... but it has the incredibly distinctive saison yeast character going in full spades. There's little to no spice (what there is, is yeast derived), but that's not necessary for the style. And the funk is mild... but compared to the "saisons" brewed that are thick with too much residual sweetness, and improperly and overly spiced... I don't get how this gets knocked so severely.

I really was hesitant to even waste 3.49 on this, given the negative reviews (and my own previous experience with bad saisons), but I found this refreshing, incredibly drinkable, with proper body, and a mild flavor and aroma. Hops are present but complimentary, just balancing and adding a bit of grass and spicy dryness.

Really, an unfairly maligned beer. I would love to serve this in a blind saison tasting in the early going. And at a ridiculously low price point compared to almost every other saison, a beer that I'll be proud to have on hand.

errantnight, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear dark gold color. Head is little to none and there is no yeast.

What is this? Maltyness from Lagunitas?! Malts dominate the nose, but not sure that they picked the right style to start doing that. I get honey, hawaiian bread, malty sweetness and flour.

Definately strange. Might be the most malty saison I have ever had. Not much funk and some...but not much hops. Kind of wheat-esque hay tasting. Earthy.

This is not a bad tasting beer, but definitely not a good example of the style. Lagunitas surprised me with this one...both for the fact it is heavily malty and that it does not taste that great. Will pass on this one next time.

BTW...Came in last in a blind tasting we did with DuPont, LeMerle, Phantome, Boulevard and Hennepin

twiggamortis420, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of GABrew
3.5/5  rDev +2%

GABrew, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Murchmac
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

San Francisco reached in the 90s today so I reached for this saison

Looks like the urine of a budweiser.

Smells of some sweet honey, not much else.

Tastes of tartness, apples, refreshing on a hot hot day.

Lingering aftertaste of macroness.

Great lawn mowing beer, as its not too alcoholy. Not a bad beer, not great, but not bad.

Murchmac, May 16, 2008
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Saison Style Ale (Sonoma Farmhouse) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.