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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Reviews: 66
Hads: 103
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-10-2008

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Photo of litheum94
4.39/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Lagunitas. Awesome glass!

Pale golden body, slightly opaque, but you can still see through it. Short, tight, bone white head. Settles out to a thin cover, with some pools of bubbles.

White pepper and some clove spice. Grassy. Lemon twinge with some tea like aromas. Earthy yeast. Perfect saison nose.

Bright, lemon flavors, tending more towards the sweet side, but with some tartness. Nice spicey bite mid-palate, with some pepper warmth. Light flavors of stone fruit with earthy tones. Finish has some chalky flavors, and more earthy tones from the hops. Dry and crisp, with a good amount of carbonation. A little bitterness lingers.

This is one of my favorite saisons. It seemed to disappear for awhile, but now seems to be in regular rotation at Lagunitas. Refreshing and tasty. Glad I can get this again. (826 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the new Lagunitas tap room/Beer Garden on 7/18/09. Served in a logo plastic cup.

A - Very effervescent pale golden body with solid one-finger, rocky bright white head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and yielded lots of sticky foam all around the cup.

S - Initial aroma blends subtle spices and barnyard funk with hints of clove, hay, yeast and light citrus notes. Some sweet honey notes and an inkling of easthy hops also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Very subtle yet flavorful farmhouse ale with spicy, yeasty notes suggesting clove and hay. A subtle earthy hop character emerges, reminiscent of fresh mild herbs. Finishes with a very slight sour funk accompanied by a light citrus hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied with a light syrupy texture and lively carbonation, resulting in lots of bristle all over the palate. Finishes with very mild funky and bitter notes on the back of the tongue.

D - Excellent, sessionable farmhouse ale with lots of subtle flavors that all blend together quite nicely. Nothing really stands out to the point of domination. (1,093 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.24/5  rDev +26.2%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange/amber color to it, with a minimal head.

The aroma was full of fruit and a blend of spices I wish I could pick out. I'll just say they smelled "rich".

It was a sweet fruity bitter offering, and the bitterness in the aftertaste was just fine.

The alcohol was hid well.

This one you might not get tired of.

Recommended. (334 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear gold color with a thin white head. the nose is very bready, very nutty, grain aromas, subtle floral dry honey aromatics. Nice.... the taste is grains, crisp hops, woody. medium body, low carbo

Lagunitas! Why have thou art dubbed thineself with so much brew creations? Have thou not seen the light? Never shall ye see the end of such a treaturous journey as this! (377 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery 8/20/2011.

A: Served a very light clear yellow with a long lasting white head that eventually faded into a fuzzy film that left some streaks of thin lacing down the glass.
S: Tons of fruit on the nose. I get sweet and strong notes of peaches and golden fruits with a touch of hay.
T: Super fruity like the nose with flavors of peach and lemon. I also get chalky yeast, a touch of minerals, bubblegum, lemon zest, bread and grassy hay. Flavors are light and refreshing.
M: Soft carbonation but airy, medium-light body, and a refreshing mouthfeel. The finish is drying but not too dry.
O: This is one fresh and bright smelling/tasting saison. There was a good balance between fruit and hay. Glad to see they’re making this one again. (758 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.1/5  rDev +22%
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. (1,215 characters)

Photo of 1759Girl
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks dang near exactly like a pint of Bulmers.. golden yellow, clear, quite lively with a fast-dispersing head and equally non-existent head.
The smell is estery and made me long to be in Sonoma at a farmhouse enjoying it in the sunshine, instead of sitting in my flat with the rain beating down outside.
Its a great example of a saison, in my opinion. It is a fresh, fruity ale with a crisp finish. Extremely refresthing. A light green apple hang.
The mouthfeel is just so-so. Light, airy. Not overly carbonated.
Its a very drinkable beer. Clean and balanced. I'd like to make it my expensive-beach beer, if the darn lifeguards weren't so worried about glass bottles. (670 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +19%
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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/29/13 notes. Had on tap at Idle Hands in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, fruity malts, spice, yeast, cloves, floral notes, earthy notes, light pepper. Nice nose, lots of bananas and fruit to it.

t - Tastes of banananas, fruity malts, spices, Belgian yeast, cloves, pepper, earthy notes, and hay. More pepper and spice here, though still nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I'm surprised to see the overall reviews so low for this one as I liked it quite a bit. It has a lot of fruit and bananas to it, and it is easy to drink. Would order it again. (721 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Venti's Taphouse Salem..full Imperial Pint.
Golden ,bright straw coloured ale with a good sized pure white head.
Nice breezy saison/pepper aromas..but not too strong
Veery nice semi-dry taste..not too sweetv ,just right
Very nice on the tongue..not too carbonated
Overall a good drinkable attempt (306 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open with a *shist!* from the cap on this 22 oz bomber. ABV 5.2% No whacky write up...just a plain label on a bomber.

Filtered golden hue pours with a frothy thick inch high pillowy ivory airy cap that settles to a splotchy coating. Overly filtered? Yes. Dirty saisons are the order of the day.

Aroma contains a healthy dose of Belgian yeast strand, some notes of candi sugar and maple syrup malt backing. Slightly vegetal along the lines of leaf and green grass after rain...sorry to be too poetic.

First swigs: Buttery mild table sugar sweet. Dry start and dry finish followed by delicate hay presence. Lacks a broad spectrum of flavors that normally are associated with saisons. Musty ginger ale focus.

Feel is a touch on the frothy side of foam. Slightly too frothy for personal tastes.

Last swigs: To compare to the Saison Dupont reference? Not funky and lightly sweeter. Mouthfeel cushion is not welcome. Overall, a narrow noble effort. Some delicate leathery spots but misses the funk-o-delic leather that creates a world class saison

Saison beer is good. Happy American saison beering. (1,121 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Comet Cafe in Milwaukee, and when I saw the tap-handle I didn't know this was a Lagunitas offering. Howver, I was glad I gave it a try as I thought it was an approachable saison that went quite well with the meal I had at Comet.

The beer was yellow and slightly hazy with a bit of scummy head. Aroma was a bit apple-y with a bit of clove smell. The flavor was mild, which IMO is appropriate for a saison and in contrast to many very potent saisons and bier de garde's I've had recently. Mouthfeel was smooth.

I had this beer with a meal, and thought it to be great for that purpose. It was mild but certainly not boring. Definitely recommended. (671 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taco Mac in the Highlands. Poured to a light orange yellow with medium white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Nose was a very mild, yet pleasant banana, spices and hint of orange. Mouthfeel was full and a little chewy, but led nicely into the malty fruit taste, which improved more as the beer warmed slightly. Rounded off to a nice finish.

Had two and could have had more. (397 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a big heady foam atop a golden, clear yellow beer. Think hazy blonde-straw yellow.

The aroma has some estery notes. Very floral, with just a hint of wet hay.

The flavor is light, floral, spicy, and dominated by yeasty estery notes. The characteristic Lagunitas hoppiness is dialed down on this one. Easy drinker, albeit not terribly interesting. (364 characters)

Photo of snpub540
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy gold color. Small white head and some lacing on the glass.

Smell is very earthy and grassy. Also some spice notes in there.

Taste has alot of banana and clove flavor. Some orange zest bitterness with a dry grassy hop finish. It is a clean and crisp taste but it doesn't linger.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Very easy to drink because it goes down smooth. (386 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station in PDX.

appearance - yellow and transparent, some lacing, white head

smell - fruit, grass, lemon

taste - lemon and spice, fruit, grassy, wheat

mouthfeel - light, well carbonated

overall - pretty standard saison fare, refreshing (258 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright straw gold color with a nice big white fluffy head.

Aromas are yeasty, and bright. A bit of clove and other spices on the nose.

Beer has an overall light and crisp character. It is tart, dry, and slightly fruity. A touch of green apple, a bit spicy like a wit like in flavor, with a yeast flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is good. Pretty well rounded and full even for a fairly light beer.

Beer is easy drinking and enjoyable. I liked it. It just doesn't seem to be along the lines of a traditional saison. (527 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of ruckzuck
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden amber with a nice white head. The clear body really showcases the carbonation rising to the top of the beer

S - yeasty, malty, sweet, with some nice spice aromas

T - very similar to the nose with a bit more pepperyness and bitterness

M - medium bodied with nice carbonation as per the appearance

D - pretty good. Pairing this with some cheese right now with my gf and really enjoying it. A good saison from Lagunitas. Would've enjoyed more funk, but that's alright. (486 characters)

Photo of stephendr
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sonoma Farmhouse label 22 oz. bottle- color of bright yellow , with a decent white color head - nose of funk (funk eventually blew off), horse blanket , yeast , orange , spices , hops , grapefruit , and honey – taste of honey suckle , yeast , jasmine , orange peel , slight hops , and sweet dates - body light , and lightly carbonated – crisp aftertaste of yeast , and slight sweetness (387 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beers pours a hazy copper color with a 1 finger, short-lasting, compact head. No lacing on the glass. After 1 minute the head has almost completely dissipated away. When poured vigorously, the head frothed up bigger, but still didn't have the head retention I have come to expect from a saison style ale. Aroma is fruity and grassy, with notes of banana. Flavor is somewhat lacking for this style. Light noble hop bitterness (more grassy flavor than actual bitterness). Fruity and a little (and I mean a little) peppery. I have to agree with BlindPig (below), it definitely has a lot of characteristic lager flavors, but I still think its a good beer. Mouthfeel is standard for this style: crisp and light, not heavy at all (it is only 5.2% - how high of an OG could it have had?). This would be an excellent "front porch summer brew." Lagunitas hardly ever disapoints. (874 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Mason jar
From: Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, Calif.
Price: $5.00
Purchased: July 17, 2013
Consumed: July 17, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel-orange murky color with 1-2 fingers of cloudy white head when I got it. Good amount of thick lacing along the sides. Forever lasting retention.

Smelled Belgian spices, sour fruit, kiwi, grape, pepper, banana, cloves, Juicy Fruit and some resin notes.

Tasted similar to the nose with Belgian peppery speices, resin hops, cloves, banana, Juicy Fruit, grape and kiwi. Could taste the alcohol for sure.

Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively-to-high carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Not quite as good as I hoped, but decent. I probably wouldn’t have it again though. (763 characters)

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Saison Style Ale (Sonoma Farmhouse) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.