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Lomaland - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
85
very good

47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 390
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 28
Gots: 50 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mactrail on 08-11-2013

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Photo of el_Palido
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Straight up the best Saison on the West Coast. Fantastic recipe. Super clear and super clear finish. Corn helps with that possibly? Nice balance while maintaining the Belgian yeast flavor profile.
I have offered this to Corona swilling lady friends who agree this is fantastic. That's a tough bridge to cross. Believe it.
"Only" scored 4.5 because I think I can homebrew a better copy!

Awesome beer for year around. (418 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Abraham.

Pouring a straw yellow with a huge, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is fantastic. Dry and crackery with a dusty undertone before the fruity yeast and lemony hops come through, this is incredibly refreshing. Snappy and earthy, this succeeds where so many saisons don't. Dust complements the lemon which then segues into a zesty resin character and ends up with moderate spice notes of pepper, a touch of clove and some fruit. Excellent.

The palate opens bright, snappy, earthy and refreshing, crisp and crackery. Mildly fruity, mildly doughy, moderately dusty, mildly lemony, this is an exercise in structure and restraint. Rustic and refreshing, this beer finishes dry, earthy , mildly peppery and with a pleasing hop flavor and resin character. Light in body and highly carbonated, this is excellent stuff. (877 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: hazy golden yellow with a frothy white 2 finger head

s: belgian yeast. coriander, pepper, clove. caramel wheat, cardboard, lemon & orange zest. lemongrass

t: coriander, bubblegum, spicy yeast, pepper, caramel malt. there is sweet citrus (orange, apricot) that follows the initial spicy yeast. finishes with a clean graininess

m: fuller side of light, with a pretty nice amount of carbonation

o: this is much better than i expected. it has a nice combination of spice from the yeast, spice from what i think is coriander, and is balanced out by the sweet citrus and grains. very refreshing, and full of nice flavors (622 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw with a light haze, lots of tiny small rising bubbles, and a huge 5 finger rocky white head. Large chunky lacing.


S: Cloves, bananas, Belgian yeasts reminiscent of a tripel or strong pale ale, earthy herbal quality. Tyme, majouram, French herbs.


T: Belgian yeast qualities, light lemon zest, little acidic lemon, a light sweetness. Ends in an herbal bitterness that lingers on the tongue.


M: Light and crisp, little carbonation.


O: My first saison from a can. Its really well done. Pushes a little more towards a Belgian brew than many saisons, but is exceptional. Will give it 8.9. Bought in Thailand, drank in Kunming, Jan 13th, 2015. (659 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured with an unfiltered haze and a thick fluffy peak of foam.
Perfect beer for spring weather.
S: bready malts, grassy, grape and apple skin
T: lots of fruity yeast character up front. The soft sweet malt character comes through and is very light and lively. A little herbal presence from the hops but not much.
M: crisp mouthfeel from the light body and ample carbonation.
O: the perfect spring weather beer. Light enough warm days but flavorful enough for the cooler evenings. (486 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Stefan (I think). Thanks! Pours hazy super light yellow, nearly neon, with a huge fluffy white head that won't quit. Yeasty banana, pear, and coriander aroma with lots of funk and some sweetness to boot. Flavor is nice. Lots of funky fruits with banana, pear, apple, light lemon zest, serious yeast funk, some honey sweetness, old shoe and gym sock. Yum! Light bodied with medium carbonation. I would drink this all summer long. I don't really get all these low reviews. But I guess in not sophistamucated enough to understand. (536 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank straight from the can on the beach. Thick, wheaty filling beer. Had a nice earthy, spice, sweet wheat taste. Decent saison beer and in a can! (150 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a straw white-golden color.
There's a light peppery note to this with hints of coriander and a floraly estery character. I like the flavor. Similar to aroma. Overall the beer comes together in a wonderful way. Delicate, nuanced, delicious. (250 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really bright hazy straw color, almost glowing here on the porch. Makes me want to drink it fast!
The initial aroma is lemony citrus, followed by some mild funk and then some peppery spice. Nicely understated.
Taste is definitely "bright and rustic" as advertised. Nice mix of lemon, citrus, grassiness followed by funky floral and then cracker and spice. The finish is the best part: a surprising dry acidic zing. Appropriately carbonated for style with a light-bodied dryness.
Overall very nice! Of course I'm biased as this reminds me of my brother today, but this is a perfect quaff on a hot-as-hell summer afternoon. (629 characters)

Photo of pants678
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yeller with a puffy head.

Sunshine--no, but it is bright and citric.

Saaz comes through. Not so peppery, sorta bitter, fairly sweet, bready and lemony. Half way descriptions and missing a bit of punch but, nonetheless, very goody.

Silky feel possibly from flaked wheat. (280 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 4.5 Very clear, yellow-gold with a two finger off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: 4 Very floral with strong Belgian yeast and lots of esters. Smells a lot like a Belgian strong pale ale with the typical cloves, orange, and banana. Not quite typical of the style, but still very nice.

T: 4 Similar to the nose. Pretty strong Belgian yeast with slightly more sweetness than I would expect. The flavors are less estery and a bit more inline with a classic saison, however there’s not a lot of nuance. The most interesting aspect is the slightly hoppy and bitter finish.

M: 4 Good mouthfeel, but could use a bit more carbonation. Perhaps it would help some of the flavors become more apparent.

O: 4 This is very solid beer, but nothing incredible and not a great example of a saison. It seems to be a bit more of a hybrid. Still very enjoyable and crushable. (877 characters)

Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Thin golden straw color, a slight haze, and a thin white head that dissolves away quickly

S: Pilsner malt, biscuit, Belgian yeast, a little astringent, grassy hay and straw

T: Pilsner biscuity malt, subtle tart yeast funk, very light peppery hop bitterness, no long lingering flavors, and not overly dry

M: Light feel and prickly carbonation, very clean finish and refreshing

O: Overall a nice simple saison. No real fruit flavors or over the top yeast funk. With a reasonable ABV and flavor, this is very drinkable. If it were more available to me it would be a great canned beer for a hot day. (603 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden honey with pinky head and medium to low retention. Low on legs

S- Citrus, some barnyard funk. Yeasty, hay..

T- Def farmhouse style. Some citrus with some funk.

M- Its a saison, not going to kill it on the M

O- I think this was a very enjoyable saison. Put it in a HF bottle, and ISO's would be posted. (323 characters)

Photo of ANIMOUL
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this saison-brew... and not just because its a San Diego based beer.

As advertised, it tastes like a balanced combination of peppercorn and crackers... with a light, airy taste. A moderate ABV makes it sufficiently sessionable (aka crushable). While it has a hazy, light appearance, its very satisfying for the style. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the saison-style; prefer the predictability of Pale Ales, IPAs, lagers, etc.... that said, a fine beer. (469 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice straw yellow color, good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Nice spicy yeast, cloves, citrus

Taste: Again, a refreshing spice character to it, with some citrus and some fruit

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation, very refreshing

Overall: Paired with a mildly spicy burger, which it went with fantastically. Though it might deviate from style, its nice to see a lower ABV saison. Saison is one of my favorite styles, and this does not disappoint (471 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with RaulMondesi. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good big. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice saison style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. It did feel like a cross between and Belgian pale ale and saison; but was still a very enjoyable offering. (1,639 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevsal for throwing this one in. Pours a brilliant pale yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy head, generous retention and plenty of lacing. The aroma has that familiar saison quality which comprises of a bit of hay, a touch of funk, lemon zest, and black pepper. The lemon and black pepper come through the strongest. The taste brings on the same notes as the smell with the addition of some bready malt character. Everything is in nice balance here with plenty of flavor and a nice dash of the Saaz hops to make for a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light. Overall, a very drinkable and refreshing saison. (626 characters)

Photo of beermeplz
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saisons are generally hit or miss for me. This is a hit. Maybe it's because it's bordering on a hef or because of my fickle tongue, but, overall, I like the slight funk, spicy kick, and lingering bitterness. Quality stuff that's worth trying. (242 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pleasant aroma with a little more funk than many in style as it is bigger than the fruit and spice/pepper/clove and tart. Wheat essence but more background. Not much for hops
Huge white head. Cloudy yellow.
Nice refreshing quality on a seasonable warm day. Dries out thoroughly on the finish. Good complexity runs through the drink. Fruits are tart in nature and run towards citrus. Clearly a hop finish that moves to the drying bitterness. The spicing is blended well and is not distinct but shows pepper more than clove. An enjoyable tartness runs through the whole drink. The fruit might hold back a little too much with the spicing a little too far forward.
Great feel. Soft and full and lighter bodied. A touch of warmth in the gut but at this abv not and issue.
Overall really enjoyable. Drinks easily. Could be a nice regular beer in warmer place. (868 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Gorgeous looking beer here. Opaque, and somewhere between clarity, and a glowing unique color. Green brassed yellow, a good solid column of middle carbonation, and a soapy to fluffy like bleach white head that grows at a nice three fingers tall. Clumps with a slow fall. This body color is really unique, can't say I've seen a saison with this color or character clarity ever in my life, really love it.

Nice saison nose, with a soft sense of malt chewy notes, and mild and toned down sense of dryness and brett quality. More sucrose and candi forward. Light breaded white toast a bit, but hints at more simple Belgian solid pale ale goodness.

The palate brings much interesting and different flavors. Nice wonderful controlled pepper and lighter bodied fruit quality. Apricots and pepper with real building black pepper finish. Quenching fruit punched body, with a nice light juiced feel, minimal carbonation that is not distracting.

Overall a very fun easy drinking saison that hints towards more lighter simpler pale ale Belgian character, with just a touch of good dried spice. Very memorable, and a good saison starter for those in the new as well. (1,198 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Rustic, Lemony, Earthy, Yeasty

It was hard to resist drinking straight from the can, but the meringue-like fluffy pour was worth it. A lovely rustic, farmhousey ale, with a lemony edge that pierces through earthy, peppery, hay, wheaty, green banana and yeasty flavors. It’s a bit too yeast forward, but Lomaland easily rivals many traditional Belgian Saisons.

STYLE: Saison  | ABV: 5.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round (462 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a pale straw gold color...almost Bud Light pale. Excellent clarity with a two finger rocky white head with decent staying power and slowly falling to the surface with some sticky webs of lacing left behind.

S - Spicy, herbal, clovey, wintergreen. Soft malt base - grainy, lightly sweet, biscuity with some grassy hops.

T - Tart, slightly acidic up front that fades to some soft citrus, notably oranges with hints of lemon. This is followed by a dry, sharply bitter hoppiness that lingers to the finish and gets joined by some juicy apple flavor. Dry, biscuity malt complements.

M - Tart, dry, bitterly hoppy, medium bodied with a strong, fizzy carbonation.

O - Saison...maybe - with such a broad style definition, I guess it fits and I can't find a different style to call this either. That being said, it is a bit on the fringes of style - herbal, somewhat Belgiany, firm hoppiness, slightly tart...all sound like good saison descriptors. Something is missing or just off though...can't put a finger on what is missing, but it definitely is lacking something. Enjoyable still, but not one that I would run to again. Glad to try this out. (1,195 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a golden crystal clear with a nice two finger sudsy white head that slumps down to a quarter inch and leave lots of light lacing.

S - Aromas of belgian saison yeasts, cracked pepper, hay/grassy hops, light lemon.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice belgian easters, faint funk, cracked pepper corns, light grassy hops. Faint crackery malts and light lemon.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, lightly dry, super drinkable.

O - Overall this was a tasty saison. From a can no less! (568 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Whole Foods in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $9.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: April 16, 2014
Consumed: April 17, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden semi-clear color with two fingers of pillowy white head. A decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Average amount of sporadic lacing along the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention.

Smelled cloves, banana, peppery notes, tropical hops, honey, kiwi, green grapes, light Circus Peanuts, grass hops, hay, wheat, caramel and some floral hops.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, which was a good thing. Also go cloves, banana, those peppery notes, booziness, tropical hops, Circus Peanuts, kiwi, green grapes, caramel, honey, grass hops, floral hops, wheat and some mouthwash alcohol.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt finish. Tastes stronger than the 5.5 percent ABV.

This was a good beer, but not quite as good as I thought it would be. This won’t deter me from trying more Modern Times though. Decent. (1,070 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into stemmed belgian glass.

Appearance is an almost clear hazy straw yellow with two finger soapy white head.

Aroma is strong belgian yeast esters, earthy hops, and sure enough a pilsner malt whiff. Phenolic spicy pepper, lemon peel, clove, green apple peel, and intriguingly so a malty corn aroma almost akin to the smell of the water in which whole corn has been boiled. Just lightly though, a quick poke in the nostril.

The flavor brings about more of the earthy hops, herbal notes, pepper, lemon peel, corn syrup, and a healthy dose of cracked wheat crackers.

Mouthfeel is light with a nice touch of creaminess that suits the beer well and makes it feel like a cross between saison and belgian golden ale.

Overall this is a nice sessionable ale. You get blond ale characteristics mixed in with spicy and earthy saison essence. Doesn't live up to the beautiful Fortunate Islands beer that they make but still quite nice. (932 characters)

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