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Lagunitas #10 (aka #9) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas #10 (aka #9)Lagunitas #10 (aka #9)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-08-2002)
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Reviews by mzwolinski:
Photo of mzwolinski
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear gold in color, with tons of even carbonation and a huge off-white head that, thankfully, settles pretty quickly and leaves a persistent lacing down the glass.

Lemony, herbal, somewhat floral aroma with hints of Belgian candi sugar. Belgian-esque, as the bottle aptly says, though certainly not slavish in its compliment to the style.

More hints of candi sugar in the flavor – sweeter and less biting than one would expect from a summer ale, and fuller and softer in the mouth. Herbal flavor definitely comes through in the backend, leading to a bit of toasty malts in the aftertaste. Tastes like it should have a higher alcohol content than it does, though the alcohol itself doesn’t impinge much on the flavor. Not a bad flavor, overall, but not what I expected given the bottle's description.

Overall, a bit odd in terms of classification. My mouth doesn't really know what to make of it. Drinkable enough, to be sure, but more like a strongish Belgian Pale than a Saison, methinks.

mzwolinski, Jul 01, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear lighter golded with a well formed white head that left a few globs of lace as it settled,slight phenolic notes in the nose as well some clovey spice and iron.Well if ur into the Belgian phenolic type flavors then this is it for you for me as not a big fan of that flavor profile not a big thing quite clovey/spicey up front with a touch of smoke with an underlying medicinal flavor that lingers thru to the finish.For the style not bad but a true saison is more complex in its different flavors.

oberon, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Florescent orange in color with a moderate, tight head.

Smell – Light, mostly tropical fruits abound here. There are several different melons that I can pick out along with apple, some banana, and cherries. Spicing is lurking about as well.

Taste – It doesn’t seem like the style is properly classified here. It’s more of a light, fruity ale like a witbier or something along those lines. Anyway, the fruit from the nose made it to the body in good shape. They are sharp, defined, and pleasant flavors. There’s a malt backbone in there somewhere and some alcohol notes to go along with the spicing, but the fruits steal the show here. It’s almost like a soft version of a Belgian Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and fairly smooth. Light-bodied but distinct, with some dryness to go along with the fruity base.

Drinkability – Not really what I was expecting, but overall it’s not bad. It’s refreshing and fits the bill of a, “Crisp, summer ale.”

RoyalT, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Lagunitas #10 Ale pours from the bomber into my SN tulip a bright golden yellow with orange tint. A small airy bubbly head rises and falls to a cap atop the brew. Streamy active carbonation. Aromas of crisp pale husky grains interwoven with light lemon and orange rind. An underlying earthen yeast imparts clove phenolics along with hints of pepper and hay. Laid back herbal, spicy hops.

First sip brings a clean, fruity pale maltiness along with a mellow earthy yeast, somewhat dry with light clove and banana tones. Flows down the back of the throat with a herbal, grassy, spicy hop. Quenching throughout, slightly astringent finish. Lemony crisp grains. A nice, refreshing summer brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a middle of the road creaminess. Goes down easy. I'm guessing I could drink bomber after bomber of this on a nice weekend out by the lake. Not overly complex. Thanks to wezil for the opportunity to sample this one.

orbitalr0x, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is a great summer beer!

After I've spent half the summer drinking too many watered-down lagers and bogus lemon-y summer beers, this one really hit the spot. It pours a bright gold and is really bubbly, you can't wait to start quaffing it. Nice smell, and then the treat continues when it hits your mouth - very crisp, flavorful, but not too heavy for a hot summer day. Unlike most summer beers, this has a little more ABV kick to it, so you gotta watch yourself at the family BBQ with this one.

I'll definitely get some more bomber bottles for the dog days of August.

SunDevilBeer, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of Duster72
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle of #10. Pours a clear vibrant golden color with an aggressive head that dies off rather quickly. Decent lacing. Aroma is bready fruity and spicy. Taste is very interesting. Sweet breads, cloves, spices, and oranges all swirl together with belgian yeast and hints of sugars. High carbonation, pleasantly light mouthfeel. Perfect summer seasonal, surprised by the low scores on this one. Maybe I got a fresher bottle? Highly recommended.

Duster72, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this light and tasty creation from a bomber bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dull golden color. Supports a white creamy head, and leaves well scattered and clinging lacing. Nose is of slight pepper, yeasty bread, and bananas. Medium bodied, this is sort of "saison light" Exhibits light pepperyness, muted spicyness, some yeasty notes and a dry, soft, fruity finish. Doesnt deliver a true saison flavor package. Nonetheless, this is a fresh tasting, refreshing summery brew. Would go well with a BBQ and with spicy foods.

Billolick, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sunset Grille in Brigton, MA 7/4/05.

Beautiful pour! Looking like a sweet little piece of Belgium in my glass. Floral and lemony smell and tastes of lemon and candy. A wonderful drinking experience and well worth a try. Now if I can only find this one in bottles...

fdrich29, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of magictrokini
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#10. I had this beer on a hot, humid day and it was great. Clear gold pour with a frothy white head. Spicy, fruity aroma, apples, clove, bubblegum. Spicy sweet, with a good malt flavor. Welcom fruitiness, as it was not enough to ruin the taste. I'd rather stick with an IPA in the same stiuation, but this will work just as good.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light hazed golden tone with a large bubbled white head leaves fine specks of lacing as it dwindles. Aroma has a spiced up slightly acidic character along with pineapple and banana esters flowing along with a clean herbal hop note thrown in as well. Flavor is built upon a tangy wheat and Belgian yeast profile definitely brings a mild funk with fruity phenols standing out something for everyone I enjoy the tropical fruit notes myself...spiced light toasty bread notes with an herbal finish...nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated slight syrupy texture could become cloying after more than one. Drinkability very tasty not characteristic of a great Saison, but a nice West Coast take on Belgian ale nonetheless, I enjoyed it.

WVbeergeek, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear golden yellow body with a yellowish-white head and a strong carbonation.

S- This beer has a light perfume dry roasted corn and grain note with a light smell of bitter hops.

T- The pale malt has a slight sweetness with a faint bready bubblegum note. The finish is a nice soft bitter hop with flavors of grass that is enhanced by a dry finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture in the finish.

D- It does have qualities of Belgian Wit yeast and dryness from APAs all blended into a good solid beer.

rhoadsrage, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of rgrace99
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Poured with a two-finger head with some lacing. Appearance was golden yellow and clear with very low carbonation. Aroma was very fruity and yeasty. Taste was very clean and sweet. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin. Very easy to put back and fairly drinkable.

rgrace99, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a bright gold with a plain head and isn't leaving much lace.

The smell is pretty good. It has a sure kick to it but isn't at all overdone. The taste is certainly decent but could use some work. Cloves that were pleasing in the smell come through a little too strong in the mouth.

The mouthfeel is more sharp than it should be, but the drinkability remains high enough for this beer to be properly touted as a summer special.

watermelonman, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of zjungleist
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with a medium white head, with no sediment (which the russian judge has taken a point for). The smell is slightly sharp, with perhaps a hint of cirtus, and earth tones. The taste is slighly complex, with earth tones and sweetness to start, a very slightly bitter middle, and clove and spice at the end. Mouthfeel is a little dry, but actually really well balanced. Overall, this beer leaves me feeling like it is somehow it's a fake. However, it's a really good fake. Good value, too.

zjungleist, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reading the bottle, I'm not so sure what style I am supposed to be reviewing here, but I will do my best.
Pours a beautiful clear golden orange with only the smallest of heads which melts quickly to only faint lacing.
Aroma is belgium yeasts, soft fruits...oranges, tangerines, possibly pineapple...all of which is very, very faint.
Taste is Crisp light malt...extremely dry with a saison fruitiness to it. Slight peppery wheat finish.
Very dry aftertaste.
Very unusual brew....again, not quite sure what style to call it...rather just enjoy it for what it is....crisp, clean, bright, refreshing.
Very nice summer change.

IntriqKen, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear orange gold with a very small head. Not impressive for a saison. The smell is light with only a hint of banana, clove, and lemon. Not bad,but just alittle light for me. The taste is thin with banana, clove, and a creamy wheat flavor that makes this beer surprisingly weak and disappointing. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well,but thin. Not a bad beer, but it is flawed and I expected more from Lagunitas. Look elsewhere for a real Saison.

jmz62565, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow body with a small amount of bubbles gurgling to the top. White foamy head dissipates rather quickly, then settles to stay floating slightly above the glass, leaving some pocked and wet lacing near the middle of the glass.

Smell: This is one interesting and hard-to-put-your-finger-on aroma. I get some diacetyl, caramel, citrus, lemon grass, slight mustiness and earthiness (without the highly phenolic nature of a good Belgian), some sweet apples and cherries, some sourness, some pungent alcohol has it warms, and of course some malt, but nothing too sweet and not overpowering, letting the other complexities really come out.

Taste: The diacetyl and fruit characteristics really come out at the forefront, backed in the middle by some granny smith apple skin, mild phenols, and some "where the hell did those come from?" bittering hops at the end, surprisingly jarring yet not unwelcomed in the least. They're strong yes, but I like them, and I'm afraid this would remain maybe a tad too light and sweet without the hop backbone if that didn't happen. As it warms some malt complexity seems to come out too with some plum and raisins. How is a beer this light and this complex at the same time?

Mouthfeel: Crisp, fairly light, and extremely refreshing, almost like a Kristal Weizen in a way if that makes any sense. Also light without being watery and with or without too much carbonation.

Drinkability: This is really 7.7%? This stuff seems like it would be in the 5% to me, but definitely not near 8%. A wonderful surprise from Lagunitas, and at around 4-5$ a bottle, if you can find it you should definitely at least try it. I'm really impressed by this original and very tasty brew.

asabreed, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Certainly not a traditional Belgian-style saison, but an interesting phenolic-enhanced wheat beer nonetheless. Carefully poured from a long-standing bottle it delivers a clear golden body with an orange-ish cast. The creamy, bright white head holds well before dropping to a thin lid and leaving some wide rings of spider-web lace. As it progresses the lace dwindles but the cap above the body seems to remain intact. The nose is bold and displays a sweetish wheat-based malt with some fruit (apple, pear, white grape skin); some nuttiness; a clear note of bubblegum; a touch of clove-like and lightly peppery spice; and some minor alcohol. The body is medium; and it's soft, lightly creamy, and somewhat smooth in the mouth with a very fine and natural carbonation that's at a moderate level. The flavor is malty and lemony with a yeast accent of cotton-candyish bubblegum and some mild banana emerging before its clove-like and softly peppered spiciness develops in the bready but dry finish as alcohol slowly creeps in. Some back-of-the throat bitterness builds and lingers towards the end of the serving. Impressive! It's well-balanced but with a decent amount of complexity. Drinkability, on the other hand, is a bit hampered by its yeasty boldness. Still, certainly worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of ElGordo
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kept this one around from the summer and just got around to it on an 80 degree day in November (what the hell?). Poured it into a frozen glass, so the creamy head was HUGE, but subsided rather quickly once it warmed up a bit. Pours a delicatley light golden hue with a spicy aroma of Belgian yeast and herbs. Most of the flavor seems to come from the yeast, again light, herby, and much like a Belgian golden ale. A bit frothy in the mouth, but very nice nonetheless. I wish it were summer and I had a few more bottles around, but alas, it's time to move on to winter warmers anyway (down to 25 tomorrow night, so I'm told).

ElGordo, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz beer, either obtained in a bif or left in my fridge by a fellow bears loyalist a few weeks ago

appearance: pours into a new glarus pint glass...body is very light, crystal clear golden, white foamy head with light lacing...looks a little bland

smell: noticeable yeast, pepper and spice, pear/grape and other fruity sweetness, clove, tang

taste: not sure of how saison this but oh well...body is light and crisp but pretty boring. light yeast, pear/apple, syrupy fruit sweetness, white grape, peppery...a touch of grain

mouthfeel: light body, crisp and refreshing. this would have been better in august

drinkability: fine

dirtylou, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of Troyone
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear some what light apple juice color with some carbonation and little or no head.

Has a nutty caramel malt aroma with a resin citrus hops smell.

A lightly sweet and acidic grainy toasted caramel malt taste with resin and citrus hops flavor.

A light to medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation, and a slight metallic finish.

Very drinkable saison.

Troyone, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of edchicma
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy lemon with a very small head. Smell is a blend of wheat and grass. Taste is a bit better with a very nice wheat presence and some malty notes. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied. Drinkability is good..smooth with a nice hop finish.

edchicma, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The saison is a straw colored yellow ale with a finger's worth of head that does not retain for long.

S: The aroma is a sweet with some honey and spicy with coriander. Of the two, the sweetness is more prominent.

T: The ale is a pleasing mixture of sweetness and a bit of piquant spiciness. The sweetness is represented by honey and hits the palate first. It is followed by some spiciness from coriander and ansie, creating a peppery licorice flavor. Laying on top of all of this is a slight note of tartness that is sated by the sweetness.

M: The ale has a good mouthfeel with a nice balance of sweetness and spiciness.

D: Pleasantly drinkable with amusing bottle art to boot.

akorsak, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Darkale
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a somewhat reluctant head for a beer that fancies itself "Belgianesque" on its side label. Head is bright white, dies to a long-lasting half-inch that stays high around the edges.

Not as light in color as expected, comes out a deeper brassy golden than other saisons I've had.

Aroma is slightly sour, musty, and saison-like. Not out of the ordinary for a Belgian-style beer.

Carbonation is brisk. Full in the mouth.

The taste is from out of town somewhere. It almost runs scales in your mouth. Starts like a Kolsch, very ale-like, with a snap of ginger and pepper in the middle of your tongue. Then it tastes quite like English biscuit. Unfortunately, it ends with a citrusy-sour aftertaste that lingers under your tongue and puts its feet up there for a surprisingly long time. I mean, minutes after you've swallowed, you can still taste that metallic sourness.

I find this beer to be too broad and temperamental -- not pleasant enough for me to want to empty the bomber.

Darkale, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 22 ounce bottle; expiration or bottled on date not noted, if it was there. My wife brought this one back from CA for me.

This beer poured an inviting pale straw/yellow color with a huge white creamy head.

An interesting sweet aroma with citrus, pepper and slight clovey notes.

Flavor was a sweet herbal character with some corriander and orange peel.

Overall an enjoyable beer that grows on you. I would not have guessed it was a 7+% beer, either.

ncbrewerbun, Oct 25, 2004
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Lagunitas #10 (aka #9) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.