Lagunitas #10 (aka #9) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev 0%
Bold, brassy, 24-karat gold with pastel lemon trim. The pale ivory head is good-sized despite the fact that there's a less than Belgianesque amount of carbonation in the beer beneath. I like the texture and the tackiness of the cap and am pleased by the array of sudsy lace that ends up sticking to the glass. It doesn't look much like a saison, but it does look good.
Even though #10's nose won't put fear into the hearts of the best saisons in the world, it does smell nice in a Belgian pale ale kind of way. It's golden fruity and sufficiently spicy with ground clove leading the way. I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that Lagunitas uses an authentic Belgian yeast strain.
For some reason, things don't work out quite as well on the palate. The beer tastes like yet another failed attempt by an American craft brewery to recreate the magic of Belgian beer. Failure is too strong a word, but #10, while good, isn't anyway near what its brewers would like it to be.
I still think Belgian pale ale is closest to the truth in terms of flavor. It's still golden apple and pear fruity with a complementary amount of clove spice. It needs some zip and zing though, something to inject a little excitement into the proceedings. Complexity is sorely lacking and is the beer's biggest downfall.
U.S. brewers never seem to be able to get the carbonation just right when they attempt to brew Belgian knockoffs. Too often there just aren't enough bubbles present and the beer ends up feeling too lackluster in the mouth as a result (at least in comparison to the originals). Unfortunately, that's the case here as well. I like the mouthfeel, it just doesn't match up with the flavor profile.
Despite the fact that #10 isn't a very faithful recreation of its stated style, it's still good, drinkable ale. However, because world-class Belgian saisons and pale ales are readily available to me and this beer isn't, I'm pretty sure that it won't be entering my glass ever again. I still love most of what these guys brew.
11-06-2006 16:33:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
08-20-2006 21:42:30 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
11-22-2003 04:16:46 | More by NeroFiddled
3.88/5 rDev +4%
Acquired via trade from hoppymcgee so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of apples, Belgian yeast, light malts and a little bit of hops.
T: The taste starts with sweet and tart fruit flavors of apples and citrus that are quickly followed by some spices and the breadiness of Belgian yeast. The malt character is thin but provides the beer with a nice refreshing quality. There's a decent hops presence that brings a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a nice lighter and refreshing Belgian-style beer with some good substance to it and is worth drinking for a long time.
07-10-2009 03:25:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.6/5 rDev -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.
07-12-2006 14:15:52 | More by WVbeergeek
3.73/5 rDev 0%
#10 pours out a clear, but slightly hazed golden hue, with a slim, perfunctory film of foam atop. The aroma is fresh and lively, citric, heavy on the orange, yeasty, and sweet, while still a bit sour.
Taste? Definitely a wheat brew of some kind. I look here on the site and see that it's a "saison", not that I would have ever guessed that. The label doesn't say much, for it wastes it's breath telling the tale of a quarrel with Magic Hat over the name "# 9"...why not just let John Lennon's widow have the rights to that numeral, guys, and forget about it?
Back to the taste...big hops, out-of-control citrus, mucho yeast...and still that kick of sour along with the sweet. It's a tango betwixt the two, with a slick, sweetish mouthfeel, medium to full body, long, slightly sour finish.
I could wash away a few of these on a hot summer day, and have to stretch my imagination, here in early December to conjure up the appropriate place and time that this would be the best beer to choose from ...a picnic in July, perhaps? Not quite like any saisons I've had, though I can sense the similarities, probably closer to this new American Wheat Ale appelation, with a bit of biere de garde character in a sidecar? Like others, I was confused some by this bottle..a nice beer, yes, but hard to pin down...
...I was glad to drink it, for sure, and have Mr. BeachBum to thank!
12-02-2003 07:11:23 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev +7.2%
The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that is accompanied by a slightly fruity/peppery yeast aroma. It's mild, but quite pleasant. The taste is good as well. It's a full bodied brew with a solid malt base and a wonderful finish. It has a light lemon zest and buttery quality. The mouthfeel is fine. It goes down easy with mild carbonation. This is a quality seasonal brew. It's got flavor and would be a fine session beer regardless of the season.
02-24-2007 03:01:59 | More by WesWes
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
This beer is quite well carbonated which creates a frothy, rocky pale tan head. The beer is ever-so-lightly hazy and is a gold color with orange highlights. The aroma is a mixture of earthy spiciness and sharp tropical fruit. I get notes of earthy coriander, pear, ginger, pepper, lemon grass, really quite an interesting aroma to this beer. The taste is soft a smooth up front with a good note of vanilla and lemon. It is not as sharp as I was expecting, and the finish has a sweet grain note to it. There is a nice crisp bitterness to this beer as well, which offsets the fruity notes quite well.
This beer is quite light on the palate, which hides the alcohol that is in this beer. This beer is quite drinkable and refreshing, it has a zesty lemony note to it, and a bit of an apple cider thing going on. There is a nice herbal character here, almost grassy, as well as a nice melange of spicy notes going on. I get notes of ginger, clove, and pepper. This is a pretty nice beer, I really like the interesting mix of flavors that is happening in this beer.
06-17-2005 22:44:43 | More by Gueuzedude
3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
5/22/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA
Presentation- 22oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. No dating on the label.
Appearance- Nice clear golden color. Brilliant head, and streming bubbles going up to the surface. Better than average lacing. THe only thing that kept it back was that bit of traditional cloudyness that you see in a good saison or wit.
Smell- Has an odd fishy scent to it. Not barnyard, but fishy. I do sense a bit of spices (clove) and fruityness.
Taste- Yep has the same fishy taste. A bit like sardines? Hey, I like sardines though :) I've tasted this before in a saison that was supposed to be a good one. Maybe it's just a saison taste I need to get used to. Has a good amount of spices as well as tropical fruit flavors a tiny bit.
Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated. Very clean and crisp. Approaching a light saison/champagne.
Drinkability- If I could get used to that funky sardine taste, it could be a good brew. Heck, even with it, it's not that bad. Damn refreshing. Wish it was a bit warmer outside and I was poolside. Worth a try for sure.
05-22-2005 20:27:44 | More by GClarkage
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
10-23-2004 03:57:12 | More by Billolick
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
Poured a medium reddish golden with an uneven head that quickly fades. The nose has a light floral hop smell with just a touch of sweetness. The taste is primarily a spicy, yeasty flavor to start and then dry with a Bohemian hop profile and finally a little sweet on the finish. The mouthfeel is a little thick for the style, but still relatively crisp. Pretty drinkable, but the variations from the style aren't really an improvement in my opinion.
07-23-2006 19:44:45 | More by Georgiabeer
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
12-26-2006 22:38:41 | More by akorsak
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
(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.
06-16-2006 18:12:56 | More by rhoadsrage
3.28/5 rDev -12.1%
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%
02-26-2006 00:19:58 | More by jdhilt
4.53/5 rDev +21.4%
Pours a clear sunny yellow color with a frothy white head.
Smell is sweet and full of flower aromas. Smells much like a very good wildflower honey. Strong scent of coriander. Very fresh and clean smelling Saison. I have never smelled a better beer of this type.
Taste is sweet as expected and fruity like a Belgian triple. Lots of coriander flavor and spiciness. The flavor of wildflower nectar lingers in your mouth as you sip this. Very mild bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is good.
This is a super pleasant brew to sip. This is the best Saison I have ever drank, probably because it is in perfect condition when it was delivered to the San Jose California BevMo. There are a lot of great East Coast beers that just never make it to California; but we have some great local beers of our own.
01-30-2005 02:12:42 | More by Zorro
3.88/5 rDev +4%
Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is mostly malty, yeasty, spicy, light touch of caramel. The taste is malty, and yeasty for the most part, a touch of spices and caramel. This is a freshing brew though. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice saison from Lagunitas.
07-13-2007 23:19:00 | More by Wasatch
3.83/5 rDev +2.7%
Sampled as part of the first annual Summer Saison Tasting!
650ml bomber that held, for a short time anyhow, some level of good white head. A golden colour. The aroma is a pleasant blend of West Coast hops and biscuit malt; both elements very straightforward. The taste is of biscuits and the malts are well balanced. Nice hops, nice malts - simple and straightforward. This is a nice enough drink.
It is, however, a bit of a letdown considering it's labeled as a saison. Holds not even a suggestion of yeast or spice and is unmistakably like everything else they make. It's enjoyable enough, but I'd be much more accepting of it as an APA or even IPA. Not a favourite of the style, but all the same another Lagunitas offering I enjoyed.
05-28-2007 14:59:05 | More by biegaman
3.88/5 rDev +4%
Poured a medium clean copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.
The smell featured very earthy and musty notes with a nice soft sourness. Certainly classic Saison aroma.
The taste was also very earthy. A nice, yet not overpowering, sourness.
The mouthfeel was full and mildly chewy. Nice sour sensation.
Overall a nice example of the style. A suprising take on the usual hefe/kolsch/wit summer beer. Very drinkable.
09-08-2006 00:37:32 | More by plaid75
3.65/5 rDev -2.1%
Sampled at biegaman's super extravaganza spring Saison tasting! Biegaman cracked this one open.
Pours a clear golden/yellowish tinge, small white head, lace spots, thin collar around the glass, pretty average. Smell is sweet, caramel, citrus and floral, bready, pretty clean, but pretty subdued. Taste is similar, caramel, iron that seems to be in every Lagunitas, wheat, citrus and floral, kind of grainy, weird for a saison, but it works okay. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Not bad, pretty drinkable, thanks Jan!
07-10-2007 02:45:06 | More by Viggo
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
This light golden beer has haze, orange highlights and a good sized bubbly white head. Retention and lacing are both better than average. The aroma is sweet. Caramel candy, toffee, butterscotch and fruit tones blend together to create a nice sweet medly on the nose. The body of this beer is about medium full. Carbonation is low but it feels nice in the mouth. Tasty beverage, this beer is. The sweetness domintates, but some herbal hop bitterness balances things out just a bit. The sweet notes follow suit with the nose....sticky caramel candy, butterscotch, grapes...I like this one.
Many thanks Bum!
11-07-2003 05:11:40 | More by Bighuge
3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
Translucent gold color as it sets in my glass, crowned by a pythonic sized head that is frothy, white and leaves in its wake a fine sheet of coating lace. Nose has a hint of Herbs, spicy and sweet, oodles of malt, and quite a sniffable beer, the start sweet, malt laden and the top middling in its mouth feel. Hops are perky in their spiciness, pleasantly carbonated, quite dry aftertaste. As far as I'm concerned, the "Jury" is still out on this one, will need a re-sample to be sure I like it, don't hate it, just not sure yet.
01-09-2003 16:53:43 | More by Gusler
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from a bomber (1pt 6oz) into a pint glass. Extremely clear and yellow, it looks like a pilsner. But the smell is more like light Belgian yeast and spice, a little bit floral too.
The flavor is hard to pin down, a little bit of wheat maybe. Actually kind of addictive after a few drinks. There's a sustained but barely detectable bitterness in the after-taste.
Overall not bad, thanks to Keith (UncleDerby) for talking me into trying it.
08-12-2006 20:50:56 | More by TurdFurgison
3.58/5 rDev -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
12-20-2006 02:16:04 | More by dirtylou
2.95/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
08-27-2006 17:28:15 | More by scruffwhor
Lagunitas #10 (aka #9) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.