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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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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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Photo of gentlebubbles
2.55/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

on tap at Redbones

A clear light buttered toast color with low white head.

Can't smell anything at first, but a syrupy scent emerges after it warms up.

Light bodied with tight fizzy bubbles.

Sweet corn-grainy base with sour lemon hops and a tinge of metal. The overall balance comes down on the sweet side. Bleh.

This is a saison? I thought it was a lager. (Not that I know much about lagers)

gentlebubbles, Jun 07, 2005
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 beersarang
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden with a huge head that sticks and holds well. Appearance is the best quality of this beer.

Hop aroma seems to be dominant, grassy.

Medium to thin malts are followed by a huge delivery of poorly placed west coast hops. Extremely rough and unbalanced describes the bitterness. A bit too grassy and astringent. Finishes this way and holds for a long time.

Medium bodied, adequate carbonation.

I am sad to say that although I love Lagunitas, this seasonal did not live up to the style of Saison one bit, too rough and hoppy. Also, the hop character and bitterness are quite unpleasant.

beersarang, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of Mark
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this thinking it would be nice and refreshing for this miserable hot weather I have had to endure. I was sorely let down when I realized this was a Belgian style ale. Color was a deep gold, white head lasted pretty good and left some lace. Yeasty aroma was strong. Taste was yeasty and very clovish. A total turn off as I don't like Belgian or Belgian style beer. So drinkability is obviously in the dumper for me. However I'm sure you advocates who are in to this style of beer should enjoy this. Not my thing.

Mark, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of gonzo138
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a amberish golden color with a white head that doesnt really retain well but does lace nicely

S- light citrusy smell, lack of that farmhouse funk that I know and love, doesnt really smell like any saison I've ever tried

T-slighly hoppy, a little bit of spicey citrus, doesnt have the saison taste either

M- medium/high carbonation, a light body, doesnt have that really dry mouthfeel that other saisons have

D- it goes down easily enough, a reasonable ABV, probly wouldn't buy/drink again, i like lagunitas, this just isnt their best offering

gonzo138, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of uvascotto
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pineapple yellow with a touch of brown thrown in. Head is 2-3 fingers thick and receded within the first 5 minutes.

S - Almost non-existant, but there is a hint of diacetyl after the head disappears.

T - Plain.

M - Thin and, while I wouldn't classify it as watery, it lacks any of the fullness and heartiness that would suggest it's a craft.

Overall - Not impressed by this beer, which was really a shame since the other Lagunitas beers I've had have been truly enjoyable.

uvascotto, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep yellow with a white head that doesn't hang around. It has the aroma of sweet malt and caramel. Malty and sweet with hints of caramel and a bit yeasty. Crisp and bubbly, it starts sweet then a clean end. Refreshing and good for summer, yet ballsy. Smooth and a bit higher in alcohol.

OWSLEY069, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright hay yellow color with soe good bubbling and a little lacing to go with it. Doesn't look like a saison to me. Looks more like a Belgian pale ale. The aroma is pure Belgium, lots of candi sugar to make the pale malts smell and taste that much sweeter. The flavor comes off as half tripel and half Belgian pale ale. Definetly not a saison in taste, smell, or appearance. I thought this beer would definetly be assigned a Belgian pale ale. Either way a decent beer. Great for hsitting in your garage on a hot day.

scruffwhor, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of TheLiterati
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy gold, with lots of effervescence and a finger high, fast-fading bubbly white head.

Smells of fruit – reminiscent of a hefe at first sniff, for there are hints of banana and clove mixed in with the citrusy ale aroma.

Tastes mildly fruity, not too sweet, again, hefe-like, but without the strong yeasty flavor. Herbs and spices provide a bit of complexity and hold my interest. Feels like champagne, has a nice bite at the end, but the bitterness is smooth.

One of the first of this style I’ve ever reviewed. A mostly pleasant experience from the first pour to the last sip.

TheLiterati, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of winomark
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin, wispy white head.

Aroma: Esters and lemon zest on the nose. Sweet malt in the background.

Taste: Quite citrusy and banana flavors. Some spice, and malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry mouthfeel, but somewhat sweet and coating in the finish. Good summer brew.

Drinkability: Seems like a hybrid of a belguim and american wheat beers. Interesting, but not a favorite of mine.

winomark, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At first I though that this was a very good ale, but, after a couple more sips, I found it lacked something. It poured a hazy straw yellow with lots of foam and some lace. The taste was sort of a mild bitterness that just didn't carry a very good hop flavor. Sort of yeasty, but that was it. Just a boring belgium style ale that just didn't do a thing for me.

BeerManDan, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of charlatan
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My 22oz bottle of #10 claims only 5.9% abv. The beer is straw coloured with an appreciable head. It smells yeasty, but that doesn't do it justice at all. File under Belgian smell!

This tastes like a Belgian beer too, but it has a great fruity element which differs from Belgian beers I have experienced. After the yeast becomes apparent and before it reasserts itself a lovely golden flavour comes to the fore. This combined with good carbonation renders #10 palatable.

charlatan, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

intresting find. this is really a duvel style belgium pale for half the price. However it is not as good as duvel but it is easier to drink. Overall i wouldn't really recomend this one, as it's just a watered down lame verison of a belgium style. It does hit the spot on a hot day...but i would rather have a decent lager than this.

pjwilson, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of rtepiak
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is a bit amber for me. not murk? clear. white head. consistent bubbles coming from the top. smell is not skunky. mild malt. american hopped but with a light pilsner. taste is pilsner and a light sweet of... something saison but falls short. as the beer gets warmer it disappates. malt characters some forward. i would even say too much. there is no farm in this bottle but a clean version of mildly belgian sweetened pilsner beer with a mild amber ale malt quality.

rtepiak, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of henrysunset
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

good tall head of fine white, clear yelloowish amber,

smell is sweet, like a lot of belgian beers, pleasent enough though.

Taste is a bit citrusy, light malty sweetness, not very hoppy. Smooth and refreshing, although too sweet for me to drink lots, wouldn't seek out but wouldn't turn it down.

(Amy liked it more than I do.)

henrysunset, May 28, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a three-finger white head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Nearly clear light amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is faint malt and hop, hint of lemon. Starts almost sweet but the hops are there, finish is clean. $4.99 for a 12 oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Label has the ABV at 5.9%

jdhilt, Feb 26, 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 jcalabre
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bottle's label lists this as a "Crisp Summer Ale". Yes, it's a nice saison. Clear golden, refreshing, just the drink on a hot day or after a workout.
Aroma: I've seen the word "barnyard" frequently used when describing a saison's aroma. I'd agree with that, or perhaps, "freshly cut grass". Neither aroma is my favorite, but apropos for the style.
Taste: This brew is refreshing.

jcalabre, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of grub
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, blankboy@RB, tupalev@RB, and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. biegaman contributed this one, so thanks jan!

22oz bottle.

pours a nice amber colour, crystal clear, with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly quickly and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of lemony sourness. light funk. very fresh aroma. light cracker malt. just a hint of dms.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. light cracker malt. nice fruity character. bit of lemon and grapefruit. bit of alcohol. not as nice as the aroma was.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level and a nice medium body.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced and nice.

grub, May 28, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A somewhat muted, medium golden color with a frizzy greyish white head. The body is very clean, very clear.

S: Floral, wet hay, bit metallic with some banana notes.

T: Begins with a little bit of banana with some copper tastes. Bitterness emerges early and blends with some honey, dough and cantelope. Floral sweetness hits the highs and finishes yeasty. Overall it has that consistent "Lagunitas" taste to it.

M: Medium body with a fizzy mouthfeel

D: Its drinkable but not overly impressed. Lagunitas never blows me away, nor am I ever significantly disappointed by their beers.

Westsidethreat, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muted golden/orange color with a thin light beige head atop. Spotty lacing through the whole glass. Banana and wheat aromas are present, along with a bit of citrus. Light body with a light yeast character. Banana and spice flavors show up here and there as well, but not with much authority. The finish is fruity and yeasty with a touch of hops lingering. Slightly above average all around.

Dogbrick, Aug 11, 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 meathookjones
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden orange with a small white foamy head. The head drops quickly leaving not much lace. Sweet fruits some toasty doughy malt and very light hints of spice and yeast make up the aroma. Not bad just not to potent or interesting. More sweet fruit on the flavor, apples and pears mainly. Doughy and sweet malts. Little signs of spiciness make themselves known. Pretty crisp mouthfeel that works. Fairly drinkable stuff for what it is. Not quite what I would expect from a saison but still fairly tasty and refreshing in its own right.

meathookjones, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single, 1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan for $3.70...
"Crispy Summer Ale" on the front logo sticker...
A hefty pour yielded a tawny, straw-colored, golden hue with a modest head that quickly receded and left hardly any lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Aroma was replete with spices, wheat, honey-dew melons, and green apples...
Tart, bittersweet flavor with hints of pears, green grapes, and canteloupe... Earthy flavor with nuances of candied sugars and honey...
Crisp, clean, clear mouthfeel along with a decent level of drinkability...
Certainly not your typical Saison, yet an interesting American selection nonetheles... All in all, not the best sample from Lagunitas...

dsa7783, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of PSUDREW
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

review while listening to "Kiss Me, I'm S#!tfaced"
just so you know...not that I am. but it is a good song

Pours a nice golden color. some head, and a good bit of lacing. very grassy nose.

Taste is very clean. a definate malt profile. the hops dominate the finish, but there is a nice sweet malty taste, with hints of honey. there is a very clean hop finish, which ties everything together nicely. Nice beer, easily drinkable. Although only found in bombers, this beer is definately worth it! good find!

PSUDREW, Jun 02, 2007
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Lagunitas #10 (aka #9) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.