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Little Lobster On The Prairie - Blue Lobster Brewing Company

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Reviews: 14
Hads: 89
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 2.59%
Wants: 36
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Blue Lobster Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rochefort10nh on 10-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Little Lobster on the Prairie is a Farmhouse Saison that is lightly hopped with Galaxy hops and fermented with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. This yeast brings notes of funky, musty, overripe fruits as well as light barnyard notes staying true to the farmhouse style. Refermented in the bottle with Blue Lobsters house yeast, this beer should be decanted and opened carefully as this beer is still developing in the bottle.

This was a collaboration brew with Prairie Artisan Ales. Thank you to Chase and Colin Healey!
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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 89
Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Pour is pale hazy golden yellow with a good amount of tight white head that lingers briefly. Nose is extremely dusty brett, hints of leather, and a light fruity lemon note perks in behind. Taste is much less dusty brett. The dustiness first up front, faint dry leather. Fruitiness is stronger in the flavor, some nice pineapple notes, lemon, a hint sugary. Light body, well carbonated, clean finish. (404 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours very pale golden in color, faint traces of haze, endless streams of effervescence rising throughout the glass. A thick cap of frothy white foam, 3 fingers high, slowly fades and falls with visible activity that provides entertainment while waiting for the chance to sample this beer.

S - Lots of fruity notes in the aroma - tart apples, pears, lemons, oranges. Candy-like in a Sweet-Tart way with acidic tartness. Nice funky notes - earthy and barnyardy. This is a really enticing aroma overall...

T - Acidic and tart up front with an assertive barnyardy funk. Citric acid tartness/bitter finish on every sip. Gingery - almost ginger ale like at times. Spicy hop bitterness at a medium/low level. Apples and lemon fruity and tart flavors. Plays more like a straight up wild ale than a saison, but this really isn't a complaint. Light, biscuity malt base...just barely there.

M - Thinnish mouthfeel - dry, tart and crisp. Pretty tart and sour overall, not really in a mouth puckering way, but more like a refreshing lemonade'y sort of tartness, although much drier. Plenty of yeasty funkiness that works very well here. Carbonation is high, very fizzy and a bit foamy in the mouth.

T - Very nice beer...more wild than saison, but saison is such a broad category it probably still does fit within it fine. Fruity, funky, tart and quite tasty. Hope to see this one again sometime. (1,432 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to TATURBO and ICCULUS for a taste of this beer!

750 C&C format bottle. No pop as the cork leaves the bottle neck.

poured into a SP wine stem.

Appearance: translucent pale straw yellow bodied beer with large and billowy bone white head. Slowely drops down to a thick cap leaving thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrusy and bretty saison. Slightly sweet grainy and pale malts. White pepper. Fruity brett. Light bitterness.

Taste: Slightly sweet malty saison. Bready malts. White pepper and fruity brett just like the nose predicts. Moderate yeast and light barnyard funk. Hints of pears and white grape. Slightly musty funk.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean beer. Very drinkable.

Overall: This is a nice saison! I wouldnt mind having a few of these in my beer fridge during the dog days of summmer to help beat the heat! Great collaboration beer by Blue Lobster and Prairie! This is my first Blue Losbster beer and I would be willing to try other beers from them. (1,019 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle courtesy of Cam....thanks to a great trade partner! Into a wine glass....

Very cloudy yellow with a huge fluff that settles to a nice surface cover of white and some significant lacing and spatter.

Smells very yeasty and soapy, with a touch of lemon and some fruitiness underneath that claws to be released.

Starts clean with mellow fruits...lemon and kiwi...and a light sourness that quickly slams into a wall of Dial soap and yeast. More soapy and yeasty than funky. The fruits show themselves again on the back end on the aftertaste and the soapy qualities linger.

Quite dry and champagne like..did I mention the bar of soap?

Some nice qualities here but not a beer that fits my wheelhouse. I'd like a bit more of the sourness and Galaxy hops to shine and less of the...wait for it...soap. (811 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade as an extra!

Pours a lemon juice light yellow, hazy as hell, with a big frothy white head that dissipates quickly to a soapy layer. Plenty of carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

The nose presents freshly squeezed lime juice, hay, grapefruit orchard, white grape, seltzer, and just a hint of musty basement. Not a huge aroma but what is present gives off nice balance.

Holy moly. From the aroma I wasn't expecting the flavors from the first sip. Big citrus fruits like lime, kumquat, lemon, mandarin, and kiwi. Brett giving off mustiness, overripe pineapple, and an earthy leather on the finish. Sweetness present but balanced out by a fruity tartness and substantial enough hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy enough for a farmhouse ale. Given the flavors of the beer a heavier mouthfeel would take away from the drinkability somewhat. The prickliness from the carbonation on the finish lifts those tart flavors off the palate and paired with the slight hop bitterness teases at being dry when in reality this is on the sweeter side of the farmhouse ale category. That's the beauty of the tartness and hops though. They balance everything off very well.

Overall this a prime example of the innovation that is going into all these new American interpretations of the farmhouse/saison style. Drinkability is huge on this, easily a perfect summer beer. The galaxy hops add a beautiful touch to the brett funk and tart character. As much hype that Bomb! and the Noir beers get, it's absurd to see Chase Healys best creations being overlooked such as this, Merica, and the good old Prairie Ale. (1,638 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle courtesy of CooperEllis pours a fairly clear light gold color with a frothy white head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is sweatsock brett, tart bacteria and some sharp citrus aromas. Smells pretty good and pretty funky.

Taste is fairly sour and some serious funk pervades every sip. Rustic and tart, with some fruity notes...it is a bit sweeter than I would like, but it has alot going on. Not all the flavors seem to meld well, and there is a sweaty feet funkiness that I have unintentionally ended up with in some of my homebrews. I would like to see this be a little cleaner with more dryness and more sour. (628 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.3% ABV

Thanks for another east coast Saison, Keith!

A - Effervescent and bright, this hazed pale yellow beer is topped by a fleeting and fizzy white head that leaves little lace behind.

S - Rustic and earthy, Little Lobster has a subtle barnyard Brett nose with easy-to-digest funk transitioning into lemon citrus and smooth spicy yeast.

T - Grainy pale and sweet pilsner malt provide a "beer"-like base that shows through the transparent wild yeast flavor. Notes of the rustic farmhouse yeast incorporate subtle spice into the mix, nicely melding with lemony citrus on the back end.

M - Little Lobster has an effervescent carbonation level that dances on the tongue as it passes by smoothly. Feeling somewhat flat mid sip, this saison finishes with a very nice dryness and relaxed tartness.

O - Little Lobster on the Prairie is a wonderful American-brewed saison that has plenty of Belgian-inspired yeast character but it's bigger malt base which boosts the alcohol also gives this subtly funky beer an actual "beer" flavor; grainy pale malt. Regardless, it's better than most of the available saisons from the states! (1,184 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Huge white head. Hazy pale body. Thick collar.

Smell - A little bretty. Sweet pale malts. Very yeasty. Some stone fruit.

Taste - Brettiness is more potent. Yeastiness too. Almost tangy. Lemony and some apricot.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Moderate earthiness to balance a hefty malt body.

Overall - Enjoying this. Great fruity and bretty flavors. (405 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2 week old bottle purchased at Blue Lobster in NH.
P: big white head with a cloudy yellow color
S: brett comes through nicely with some citrus (lemon/grapefruit) and earthy tones
T: up front slightly tart citrus with a bit of funk in the mix.( a bit too smooth on the funk though would have liked a bit more punch there). nice light yeasty notes toward the end of the sip
M: medium bodied with a lot of carbonation and small rolling bubbles. acidit and semi-dry finish

Overall: need to buy again before these are gone. Blue Lobster and Prairie have made a very good farmhouse with nice citrus funk that has nice depth and smooth finish (636 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Ricky for sharing this interested beer.

Pours a nice fluffy pillowy head hits 1 finger then fades semi slowly, nice soapy lacing, hazy pale blond yellow color.

Nose fairly funky, juice Brett character, little lemony grassy hay like, wheat, mild straw and wet grass, hint of citrus and lemon rind, little bready yeast and dough, but fruity, mild bright citrus fruit.

Taste starts with nice fruity characters, juicy mild citrus fruit, lemon and lemongrass, then into juicy grainy toasty malts, little wet hay and wheat, light dough but not really any cracker. Funk is nice, mild but definite Brett B funk, not really horsehair but funk nonetheless, and hint of pineapple. Finish is dry, little acidic and flemmy, more citrus, light Brett funk, and grainy straw. Mild bitterness more of a lemon rind that turns a bit pithy as it goes.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice popping carb.

Overall very nice. Funk is on the light side overal but still nice, good lemony citrus and rind characters, nice malts and yeast additions, pretty tasty overall. (1,061 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle chilled and poured in Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Cork flies off after loosening the cage slightly, but the bottle doesn't gush at all.

Appearance: Golden yellow in color and pours a pretty aggressive, fizzy head. Holds a light white lacing.

Aroma: A definite hit of brett funk upfront as soon as this is poured. A light grass character, honey and light lemon round out the nose. Really nice balance between the lemon and the sweetness. ABV is extremely well hidden.

Taste: A nice, light tart lemon blast upfront. The tart character does fade a bit with each sip and the sweetness of the malt really starts to shine. These are a nice backdrop for the brett character. Not overwhelming funk at all. Nice balance with the alcohol really well hidden. Manages to keep a nice, dry character despite the ABV.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and light mouthfeel. Really refreshing.

Overall, a really, straightforward, solid saison that manages to offer great balance, light tartness, and a really refreshing dry finish. Really impressed by how this came out and definitely worth the $12 price I paid. (1,139 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml from ProperPinter. Thanks, Dan.

Served into a 6oz wine glass. /TØØØØØØØØRRRSSSTT //shakes fists at heavens.

Beautiful pour. Strawburn pour with billowing light, bright white head. Pleasant fizzy dissipation and good tight carb bubbles ring the glass throughout.

Smells of fresh straw, green apples, with mashed green grapes - it is faintly peppery.

Taste leaves little on the table, hitting the high notes of sour fruit and white pepper well. There is little funk - right in my wheelhouse really - and I enjoy that there is nearly no trace of alcohol in the traditional "boozy" sense. The faint alcohol burn at the death is magnified by the light, clean finish.

The best of the limited offerings I've had from Blue Lobster and possibly the best of the limited offerings I've had from Prairie.

(215th) (822 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a lightly hazy medium straw color with a decent sized bone white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Aromas of bready wheaty malt with hints of pear and grass with a light bretty funk. Flavor is sweet and fruity tart with bits of lemon and pomme fruits. Light earthy hop slides in as well as a touch of ethanol. Light bretty funk just adds a nice layer of rustic complexity. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet slight funky carbonic acid twinged mouthfeel. Very nice beer right here! Lots of layers a bit rustic very nicely done! (581 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a proper golden-yellow with orange highlights, a bit lit like a very dehydrated man’s piss. The beer pours with a nice fluffy head of medium sized, round bubbles of an eggshell white color. The head fizzles down to about a fourth of a finger’s width and gives the beer a nice crown. In body, the beer is crystal clean and vibrant, but quite opaque with a deep haze muddling the light within the beer. On the nose, this beer is beautifully expressive of the brux with thick and candied funk wafting up to my nose. The scent is crisp and clean, yet wonderfully funky with huge pineapple citrus and orange peel notes coming off alongside gentle cherry fruit leather, and even a perfect touch of bristly horse blanket. The beer’s nose is bright and beautiful. On the tongue, the beer tastes sharply tart at first, but this is smoothed into a beautiful balance of sweet and acidic funk and a perfectly light bittering from the hops, which gives an added level of complexity to the beer. The beer feels of a medium body on the tongue, with a carbonation that comes across a bit too sharply on the palate when mixed with the acidity, but which draws the flavors of the beer wonderfully onto the tongue. In flavor, this beer is gentler than the nose, making the beer quite nice to sip. It begins as funky, tart hay and horse blanket flavors, slowly bursting with spicy pepper and ripe citrus fruits that move from pineapple to slight grapefruit and orange on the finish. The middle of the sip brings the Galaxy hops to the forefront of the tongue and gives wonderful prickly pine and big grassy bitters that dance alongside the sweet and acidic funk. The funk builds into a beautiful, long, and fruity finish of cherry fruit leather, orange, pineapple and a beautiful kiss of bready malts. As the beer leaves, the mouth is left feeling a bit tingly from the carbonation and fierceness of the beer, but also nicely dry with not a lot of saliva drowning the mouth. Lingering flavors of orange juice and candied pineapple dance on the tongue. Personally, I’d place this beer more on the “Wild Ale” side of things, but that’s just because it is so ripe with awesome brux flavors, and is softer in the saison aspects, but all in all this is a great beer and it is complex and exciting in flavor. My one complaint is the sharp mouthfeel, but that doesn’t really take away from how delightful this beer is to sip. A brilliant collaboration and a great preview of what is to come from Blue Lobster’s bottling projects. This is a beer to try. (2,558 characters)

Little Lobster On The Prairie from Blue Lobster Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.