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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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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-10-2008)
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Photo of litheum94
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%

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.

litheum94, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of ffejherb
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%

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.

ffejherb, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%

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 Spaz7
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Spaz7, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of stumac
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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!

stumac, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

JohnK17, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%

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.


IRONRakkasan, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  rDev +21%

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.

scottfrie, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of errantnight
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%

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 1759Girl
4.08/5  rDev +19%

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.

1759Girl, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

codynevels, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

coldriver, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of NeilFlaiz
4/5  rDev +16.6%

NeilFlaiz, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

MrGone, May 08, 2014
Photo of theempire
4/5  rDev +16.6%

theempire, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev +16.6%

hayesjw, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of ElijahRivera
4/5  rDev +16.6%

ElijahRivera, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

mdfb79, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

leprakhan, Feb 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

thehead92, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Camjmorton, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

leftoverburrito, Oct 11, 2013
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Saison Style Ale (Sonoma Farmhouse) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.