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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:
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(Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-10-2008)
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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
Photo of Talisker
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A misfire from Lagunitas. Not only is not a Saison, it's not really very good.

Pours an ultra-clear medium yellow. Not quite fizzy American lager, but not much richer. Dense one-finger head dissipates almost immediately. Aroma unpleasant - bitter edge - possible I've got some skunk in a fresh brown bottle?

Taste is no Saison. No yeast, no hoppy crispness. I might even mistake this for a funky lager. Some toast, but the skunky off-notes are really putting me off. Texture is thin enough - mirrors the clear light appearance. But I can't finish the bottle.

Funny - the Hop Stoopid DIPA in this same Sonoma Farmhouse line from Lagunitas is a masterpiece. This one is not.

Talisker, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of JDV
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy yellow orange color and smells like a witbier or a hefeweizen. Light bodied, heavily carbonated, and light flavor to begin, with a bigger finishing flavor after you swallow. A definite wheaty, spicy belgian like beer, which is not my style, but this is decent and drinkable. Almost no bitterness too.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Overlord
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Did not care for this beer.

Pours a semi murky yellow. Somewhat of a hefeweizenish look to it, and the smell is wheat, grass, and bready yeastiness. The taste is pure wheat and yeast. Overwhelmingly so. There isn't a lot of depth or crispness to the flavor, and it grows bland within a short time.

Will not look for in the future.

Overlord, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - A cloudy gold brew with a sizable bubbly head that lasts a few minutes. There are thin rings of lacing all around the glass.

S - Honey, malt, mustiness, cloves and a bit of horse blanket. There is also some herb which is sort of like mint, but it is not quite a mint smell. It smells too sweet. It sounds better than it is.

T - Dominated by a dry maltiness and hay, these are supported by a hint of honey, vegetables (like mild cabbage), some sweetness, mint and ... mud. The aftertaste is a smooth, bland astonishingly bitter finish with some lingering hay and some lightly sweet malt. I am not pleased with the taste. It leaves me unpleased at the prospect of taking another each time.

M - Smooth, thin, watery, a little refreshing at first, but there is a drying effect on the tongue.

D - Alright. Lagunitas is a fantastic brewery. I am generally quite pleased with their beers. This was a let down. Saisons are a very weird style - it very much depends on the particular beer. Two breweries may brew a "similiar" saison and I will like one but hate the other. Very subtle characteristics can make or break the beer. This one was definitely disappointing. It didn't deliver te whole package. I will not have this again.

mrasskicktastic, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very slightly hazy gold colour, with masses of streams of fine carbonation. The huge lines of bubbles are easily the most prominent aspect of the beer. Big frothy ultra-fine head of white foam. Looks like a fine beer.

Light wheaty, barnyard and spice characters on the nose. Hint of hefeweizen to it, a bit of fresh herbal characters and perhaps some cut grass. Pretty nice, pretty fragrant.

Unfortunately, the palate is a major let down. Thin, insipid maize or rice lager sweetness with a very faint hint of dirty, dusty bitterness. Very short, the only deposit it leaves is a vague yeast bite on the back palate. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, which is a plus, but given the rather insipid and unpleasant flavour, it doesn't have a lot to work with.

A disappointment - this could well have been a promising beer given the fragrant nose - but it's just a major let down on the flavour side of things, leaving it as a very insipid beer to drink.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 20, 2008
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 bird22
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

bird22, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of sevenshubby
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

sevenshubby, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of jeffjfindley
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color, two inch head dies out quickly. Smell presents yeasty hints of the style, but sans any of the zestiness one would expect. Taste is pleasantly clovey at first, and immediately falters. It falls very short of the style, exhibiting characteristics more like those of a lager, with a slightly odd, grainy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is okay, rich at first with a dry finish.

jeffjfindley, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I must have hit my local bevmo on the right day because Hop Stoopid was in and so was the rare Saison from Lagunitas. 3 days later and all was gone. Poured this offering into a tulipt it formed a whispy off white head. Good retention. Golden body.

First impression was that the smell and taste were off the beaten path. Cereal was up front with some bready malt in the backdrop. If you've ever had Ponzu sauce while eating sushi there is a bit of that in there as well. Subtle fruitiness with suggestions of sweetened pineapple. Theres something very earthy about this. Like chewing on dryed wheat. Not as dry as some leaning towards watered side of the house.

Notes: A decent attempt and I like to see Americans attempting the Saison style but I've had a hard time finding one that could hold up to their Belgian counterparts. This lacked any definition and was pretty lifeless. Below average.

DogFood11, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Floydster
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber from Cooke's

Did not have a glass at friend's house to pour this into unfortunately

Not bad, but too many citrus hops going on with a sour aftertaste

Color was very golden when pour into a dixie cup to determine its texture

Probably the worst beer I have from this brewery

Floydster, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, pale gold. Medium sized head, composed of medium bubbles. White in color. No legs, some lacing.

Scent was quite promising. Spicy, citrus, Belgian character. Sugary sweetness and some coriander.

Taste was a let down. Citrus and sweet, with a bit of salt? Crackery middle. Not much here, lacks complexity. Herbal bittering at the finish.

Light in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Not too impressed. Taste very simplistic and, frankly, lacking. Lawnmower beer.

, Apr 22, 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 Georgiabeer
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'd say this tastes more like a summer ale than a Saison. Where is the snap? The pepper? the fruitiness? The depth? Not the worst beer out there, but as a Saison it dissappoints. Pours yellow with a light white head that sticks around as a swirl of foam. Constant stream of bubbles, but no lacing. Smells dry and herbal, but not spicy or fruity. The taste is also dry and herbal, but also far too light- more like a small beer than a Saison in flavor. Needs some pepperiness, fruit, or hint of sweetness to jazz it up. Crisp, but not snappy, dry. Okay for a quick quaffer in the summer, but not what I reach for when I reach for a Saison.

Georgiabeer, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -12.5%

GRG1313, Dec 13, 2011
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 chippo33
3/5  rDev -12.5%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -12.5%

illidurit, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of CelticAleMan
3/5  rDev -12.5%

CelticAleMan, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Westsidethreat
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clean golden wheat color with substantial bubble activity. Head is thin yet present, just a tint off white.

S: I hate to say this…but it sort of smells like urine. Some metallic coins, sugar snap peas, dandelions and butter.

T: Really watery. It starts off much like an European pilsner. I can taste nobel hops which add the coinlike smell and taste. Really mineralistic too, whole pile of limestone. Not till long after the swallow does any sort of saison flavors come into play…but they do eventually arrive. When they get here, it is still weak and watery but grassy notes and dried hay tastes can be found. Finishes slightly bitter with more European pilsner aspects to it.

M: Light bodied with a hard mouthfeel.

D: This beer really doesn’t have anything going for it. Although very easy drinking and refreshing.

Westsidethreat, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of TheRuss9585
3/5  rDev -12.5%

TheRuss9585, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of blackc5
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This saison struck me as being completely average in all characteristics. Unfortunately, nothing really stood out about it, and I wouldn't make an effort to really go back to it.

It poured a cloudy amber, with a medium head and little lacing. Smell was earthy hops and pine, with some floral and fruity notes. Taste was fairly routine with a fairly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was crisp and dry, improving a bit as it warmed.

blackc5, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up late last year at Beverage World in Ft O, GA. Always interested to try a new saison.

A - Dark golden-yello with a thick creamy white head. Very clean and clear with very active carbonation.

S - Surprisingly strong bready aroma with just a hint of peppery spice. As the beer warms a touch of lemon zest comes through. Very muted saison aromas.

T - Light fruity tastes along with a big bready backing. Just a hint of lemon zest a nd some very muted peppery spice. Alot of the typical saison tastes are in here, they are just not very noticeable. Light sweetness in the finish.

M/D - Light and crisp without a whole lot going on. Easy drinking but dissapointing by saison standards.

ckeegan04, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't have much experience with this style, so I may re-review at a later time. This was a very active beer and the publican had difficult time getting a good pour. After finally getting the beer it was a very sharp, clear yellow with a thick, bright, white head that dissipated at a medium pace, leaving lots of sticky lacing.

A lovely spicy, yeasty aroma greeted the nose. In a change for me the aromas were stronger and more pronounced than the flavors (this may have to do with how active the beer was causing it to be a little flat by the time I could drink it). The favors were were subdued compared to the aromas and I was slightly disappointed by this.

Again, without a lot of time with the style, I' calling the body and drinkability average. I found the body slightly thin and the drinkability to be very good, but this may be typical of the style and not representative of the beer.

A good beer, worth trying, from a brewery I like.

beertunes, Jul 01, 2009
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Saison Style Ale (Sonoma Farmhouse) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.