Lagunitas #10 (aka #9) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.33/5 rDev -10.7%
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!
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.
05-27-2007 23:12:29 | More by grub
4.03/5 rDev +8%
22oz Bomber $4.29
A-Beautiful, crystal-clear, brilliant gold body with dense creamy head. When held up to the light, the body gleams with facets of straw yellow and deep gold.
S-Nice earthy, straw aroma. A spicy Belgian yeast lies behind and adds a bit of fruitiness.
T-Tropical fruits and spices come up front with a candied ginger finish. The hops come and go but shine in the back of the throat. The yeast is balanced well against a soft bready malt.
M-The essential saison dryness is definately found in this example. The body is thin enough to make this beer a fast drinker but it is packed with flavors. The dryness hangs a little long on the tongue, but no a hinderance.
D-In a matter of about 3 minutes, I managed to drink half the bomber without hesitation. I enjoy warmer beer but this one should be drank cold. Lagunitas throws out another winner.
05-19-2007 00:35:39 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
# 10 - 22oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a white head full nose of yeast , spices , orange zest , and lemons taste of orange zest , yeast , cloves , other spices , and mild bitterness - body is slightly acidic , and with high carbonation aftertaste of orange , hops , and slight maltyness
04-23-2007 05:26:21 | More by stephendr
3.65/5 rDev -2.1%
Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse.
Appearance: Cloudy light amber. Medium white head with some strength. Some lacing.
Smell: I detect plumb and raisons and other sweet malt.
Taste: Licorice, plumb and raison...quite complex.
Mouthfeel: Medium...lacks a good smoothness.
Drinkability: Complexity demands just one at a time for me.
04-20-2007 02:32:08 | More by psinderson
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
3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
Details- 22oz bomber, 29.5 IBUs, O.G. 1.076, No freshness date, but it was enjoyed sometime around december 2006.
Appearance- Poured into a tulip. Nice clear and golden color with white head. The head should probably be a bit more overwhelming. Respectable lacing.
Smell- Fruity (suggestions of apple) with notes of spices and perhaps even pumpkin. Sweet candi sugar. Subtle in its complexities, but not as complicated as many other saisons.
Taste- sweet malt flavors at first roll into a bitter orange peel quality. A bit of zesty lemon and also a bit floral.
Mouthfeel- Light and flavorful. Quite a bit of carbonation.
Drinkability- Not bad, but not outstanding either. A decent stab at the style.
02-15-2007 01:32:40 | More by lpayette
3.88/5 rDev +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.
01-02-2007 00:17:52 | More by edchicma
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
3.58/5 rDev -4%
On draught @ Hollingshead's Deli
Pours a clean medium gold body with a stark white collar of foam featuring a two minute half-life. The nose is adequately malty with a bright hop background.
Entry is quiet with subdued carbonation. Midtaste allows the maltiness to shine through with just a touch of earthiness. The finish kicks off with a subtle hop bite followed by a nice Belgianesque yeast/hop fade.
Mouthfeel runs a touch thin making this a super summer session beer. Lagunitas would like you to remember that:
Beer speaks - People mumble
12-26-2006 20:27:52 | More by IceAce
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
Thanks to Orfeu for the chance from SS '06 BIF.
Appearance: Crystal clear straw body, big white head on the pour fades very fast. Many bubbles rise from the bottom of the beer.
Smell: Fruity and clean, plenty yeasty. Nice.
Taste: Crisp and clean, nice pineapple and a little banana flavor. A little sharp alcohol in the backside. Definitely fit for summer, it is still nice to drink on a cold winter's night. Very nice.
Drinkability: Not as complex as many Belgian examples. Still, enjoyable, easy to drink, and a very nice glass of beer.
12-22-2006 22:25:51 | More by TastyTaste
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
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
Golden, light amber color and rather bubbly with a decent-sized, rocky head. Good retention.
Aroma is sweet, tangy, and fruity with some spiciness.
Taste is also sweet and tangy, with a touch of cloves, spice and fruitiness followed by a subtle hopiness in the finish.
Rather light-bodied, a touch dry, very drinkable and refreshing. Almost feels "crispy" as it calls itself a "Crispy Summer Ale".
12-03-2006 22:45:07 | More by AaronHomoya
4.28/5 rDev +14.7%
A-Bright Golden yellow color, light white head that rose 1/4 of an inch....sticky bubbly lace.
S- Belgian yeast(with some fruit esters), floral and grassy hops, and light malts...maybe some wheat malts.
T-Not big but prominent hops grassy and floral(overall mild and non-offensive). Slightly fruity with a hint of clove....possibly banana. Crisp and refreshing with a hint of alcohol.
M/D- Bubbly, refreshing and delicious.
11-17-2006 06:00:15 | More by jameaterblues
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
3.88/5 rDev +4%
10/31/2006 $4.99 22 oz. 6.60% No best by date, though this is a summer release.
Pours a medium yellow-orange with a slight chill haze and a wispy white film on top.
Warm honey, apples, pears and a hint of barnyard funk.
Wildflowers with undertones of anise, a touch of honey, this beer is smooth and refreshing. Alcohol is muted nicely, balancing this out.
11-01-2006 02:42:15 | More by cbl2
2.73/5 rDev -26.8%
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
10-17-2006 02:45:43 | More by gonzo138
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
Split with the old lady, heavy pour from a 22oz bomber
Decent head that stuck around for the majority of the the beer
Very earthy smell, a bit of yeast smell, despite being filtered
Very crisp on the tongue, fizzy and with a decent body. For not being a very hoppy beer, it kind of left my tongue numb to other tastes.
All in all, a pretty damn good saison. I still like Ommengang's version better, but this is close
09-27-2006 23:09:16 | More by dand
4.3/5 rDev +15.3%
Bought the 22 ounce bottle of this beer. No freshness data, but IBU and ABV clearly marked. I like the matte finish on their packaging...
Poured an attractive, clear yellow-copperish with a nice thick white head with good retention.
The overwhelming smell and flavor of this beer was Belgium candi sugar, lemon and light malts.
This was a very enjoyable Saison beer - very light and crisp with no alcohol peeping through - well designed.
I am a sucker for Lagunitas beers to begin and this is another beer in their fine line.
09-11-2006 23:25:11 | More by beachbum1975
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
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
Presentation: 22 oz bomber with the usual long lagunitas spiel on the label. ABV clearly marked.
Appearance: Pours a bright yellow color with just a bit of haze. Decent head leaves thin lacing.
Smell: Belgian candi sugar, sweet malt, and a bit of citrus.
Taste: Nice malt flavor with a bit of spices - maybe some coriander? Plenty of belgian yeast flavor as well. Finishes pretty dry.
Overall impression: A decent belgian style - not exactly sure what they were going for on this one (and I gave up trying to read the bottle notes). Definitely enjoyed it, though.
09-06-2006 21:57:25 | More by rowew
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Gold clear pour. Thick tight head on top. Great carbonation.
Smell is honey and grass but more pronounced in the honey aspect.
Taste is somewhat vinous. Strong hints of berries with honey some vanilla or almond mellowing influence also.
Bubbly and coating mouthfeel-very effervescent and a little chalky at the end.
Drinkability is average. I will also add that I dont think this is what I would call a typical saison. Its good but I have liked some of the other Lagunitas products better.
08-31-2006 00:31:18 | More by rousee
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
3.03/5 rDev -18.8%
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 Ive ever reviewed. A mostly pleasant experience from the first pour to the last sip.
08-24-2006 05:41:25 | More by TheLiterati
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
Tapped today at the pub and poured into a pint glass, golden with a 1/2 inch of bubbly head. Fairly large bubbles of carbonation and some initial lacing. The head fades quickly leaving a bubble-lace ring.
Sweet spicy malt and hop union with corriander coming through fairly strong. Smells a bit on the sweet side and very Belgian like.
Starts out sweet of fruit and spice, corriander and some citrus aspects that gently mill with the hops down to the well balanced, clean and refreshing finish. This truly is a refreshing Summer style brew that rivals any wheat beer as a hot weather quencher. The sweetness is very short lived in this brew, again the balance is perfect.
Light-medium in body with a moderate amount of alcohol, which is very well hidden, a great Summer session brew for sure. Hope this one stays till the end of Summer...cheers!
08-23-2006 22:16:54 | More by scottoale
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
Lagunitas #10 (aka #9) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.