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Lomaland - Modern Times Beer

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 403
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 29.4%
Wants: 27
Gots: 52 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mactrail on 08-11-2013

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MosesMalone for the 16 oz. can, the last liquid remaining from our trade; plus, I’m looking forward to visiting the brewery in the next couple of weeks.

The pour is such a light yellow that it could be mistaken for tap water in the right light, except for the stray bubbles & persistently frizzy cap. The nose is wheat – or perhaps that’s just a byproduct of sitting amongst all the fields of rural MN this evening – plus grains, white pepper, white crackers. Sharp. Nice.

Lomaland brighter than a pop song with the word “love” in the title, twice. The white pepper from the nose is all over the taste & gives is a spicy, peppy feel. After I wrest away the pepper shaker there’s croutons, wheat, fall leaves, touch of clove, grains, unfocused herbs. Carbonation is high & crackling in the mouth, which aids the light touch. Easy to drink & less filling, too.

I don’t have anything clever to say about this beer. It’s just pleasant & a very good brew.

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Photo of dfillius
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 12/25/13 from a growler purchased on 12/24/13 at the brewery. Poured into a pint glass
A: 1 finger of white head. Light golden liquid - white grape juice-like. Thick haze.
S: Clove, musky, funky. On the Hefeweizen side of Saison
T: Funky Brett finish. Earthy, slight clean grain is reminiscent of Special K. Slight citrus finish.
M: Dry, dusty finish. A tad too dry for my liking.
O: Very pleasant.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Upon the first few sips, I felt that this beer was a watered down version of RR damnation , which is an excellent brew. But, this one writes its own story after it warms just a tad. It lacks the tartness that would make it a true saison, meaning this is really a belgian golden ale. Crisp, refreshing, slightly funky, slammable, light hop notes. Enjoying this.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

October 25th, 2013 - Modern Times' contribution to this year's beer fad of the year (deservedly so - I'm not knocking saisons) is a fitting end to the visit to the Modern Times HQ. Wheat, banana and a light coating of vanilla make an inviting aroma, and it there's not much hesitation until the first sip. The palate is sudsy and soda like, which big, tubby bubbles, and the flavor is effete and graceful, showing off wheat and notes of sourdough bread. Crackers, too, and a nice overall impression of bread-in-beer. Liquid baked goods here, and a demonstration that Modern Times has already mastered a sweeping menu of styles.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of hydrate
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I like it, but to me it tastes like more of a wheat beer than a saison. But, for a wheat beer, I really like it. And I'm not a big fan of wheat beers.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of babaracas
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with fizzy white head, small ring of lace trails the liquid. Smell: wheat cracker, mildly floral and spicy, vaguely fruity, pepper note. Taste: doughy, spicy with peach and dried pineapple, mildly peppery in the sticky drying finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of beermeplz
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Modern Times willibecher.

The beer pours a hazy, cloudy straw color, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a nice, thick, foamy white head sits, about 2 fingers high that has nice retention and yields plenty of large spotted lace. The aroma is nice, definitely bright, lemon citrus, fruity yeast, pale grain, light berry fruit, banana, mild funk but definitely clean, reminds me of a hefeweizen more than a saison. The flavors mirror the nose, lemony tang, clove, banana, touches of sweet berry, light pale grain, minimal funk, again super clean and polished, hardly what I'd consider rustic, but refreshing and bright, definitely crushable. The mouthfeel is okay, creamy and a bit soapy, coats moderately well, low carbonation and a thicker chewier complexion that finishes softly and gently.

Verdict: Bright, yes, rustic, no, saison, debatable as I found myself often times thinking of the hefeweizen style, but the funkiness helped this along. Light, refreshing and quaffable, easy to see this being a summer favorite.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. No date, but likely within 1 month of age. Poured into a stemmed glass 2/15/2015.

A- Slightly hazy golden-yellow body. One finger white head, very nice retention. Beautiful lacing. Looks so refreshing and crisp.

S- Minerals, banana, cloves, wheat, even a bit of bubble gum. Crackers. Smells solid, almost like a bready hefeweizen.

F- Flavourful crackers, grains, wheat, banana, spices, minerals, earth. Clean, flavourful, if not spectacular.

M- Thinner bodied, about right for a light farmhouse ale such as this. Good carbonation gives this a nice feel; and the earthy bitterness mixes in with a bit of sweet cracker flavour at the end.

O- Pretty solid farmhouse ale. It's nicely executed as far as Belgian-style farmhouse ales go, with a nice non-west coast hoppiness to go along with a nice bright, slightly funky wheat and pale malt base.

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Photo of markgugs
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw yellow. Big white head of tight bubbles and a nice nose of spent grains, Belgian yeast, and mild fruit. Very Belgian in style, lots of banana. Creamy/tight carb, very dry finish and a bit of hopped bitterness. Decent.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall-boy can into my Brasseurs De Garde tulip.

Hazy straw body with a faint whisper of beige up top that recedes to a vague ring. Delicate lacing, poor retention.

Slightly floral and peppery aromatics with a hint of grain/hay (sort of like a feed store). I can't decide if it is "delicate" or just weak.

The yeast dominates the flavor profile, with a pleasing peppery/funky bite. Hints of citrus and dandelion greens lead into the dry finish. Pils character cuts through the wheat and corn (the latter really isn't helping anything here; and the additional two-row malt seems just like more filler), though any hop flavor is muted despite a mild but palpable bitterness throughout.

Thin bodied, with insufficient carbonation for the style.

I was expecting more given the high skills proven by other offerings from this brewery, but this is still a decent domestic saison and an excellent value for the style.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of pants678
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'll concede that the pint I had was served far too cold, but even after warming up, there was precious little character to this saison, just lots of white bread and a faint hint of spice. Disappointing yeast character, disappointing body (which felt full not in an appealing yeasty way, but rather in an lifeless, excessively white bready way). Certainly nothing rustic about this saison either. Too many good/interesting riffs on saisons in small format bottles (Sofie/Funkwerks/Tank 7/Hennepin/etc) to bother with something like this.

(Edit: Finally had this from the can and gotta say, man, this was WAY better than my first go-round. In fact, this is exactly the sort of saison I love -- crisp, crisp yeast profile, super drinkable. Sure, we all enjoy a good sour-ific saison at times, but, frankly, those aren't and will never be daily drinkers for me. Something like this, though? Absolutely. In fact, I was a bit struck -- likely due to the healthy use of pils malt and Saaz hops -- at the interesting similarities this shared with a pilsner, just with that very different yeast profile. It's refreshing, it's kinda verdantly herbal in the nose at first, settling to a touch of pepper, some fruits (at first more lemony, later on more banana). I don't think I'd call this rustic. (And the can's description is kinda funny -- at once calling the beer both bright and earthy, two adjectives I don't commonly associate together.) Nevertheless, it's crisp, it's refreshing, it's got a nice grainyness to it, it's generally the sort of thing I sort of envision when I think about saisons on the farms of France/Wallonia -- some quenching brew beneath the shade of a large tree, eminently drinkable, not the funked to high hell saisons some American breweries are producing these days. But I digress. This is a tasty one that I'd definitely have around as an everyday drinker. Cheers.)

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Photo of el_Palido
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

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Photo of Tele
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance: Way too much foam, at first, until I settled into a very gentle pour; a huge head covers the clear golden liquid and leaves strands of lace

Smell: Bready and herbal, with fresh cut grass, white pepper and cilantro tones

Taste: Bready, up front, with the grassy edge developing; cilantro and white pepper emerge in the mid-palate and lead to a rather herbal finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More of an interesting lawnmower beer than a Saison, I am afraid

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

This beer pours with a single finger of head that quickly subsides to a small amount of lacing. The beer itself is a pale golden color with very apparent carbonation bubbles. The nose is yeasty, almost reminds me of nice hefewiezen but also has a nice bit of noble hop bitterness. The flavor is crisp up front with some nice hoppiness but this quickly mellows out to a straw like, somewhat grassy, peppery finish. The bitterness lingers on the palate a bit but in a pleasant way, definitely a yeast driven beer, very nice. Not my favorite modern times beer, but a very good one.

***This beer reminds me VERY much a slightly more tangy version of Allagash house beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Lomaland from Modern Times Beer
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.