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Lomaland - Modern Times Beer

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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 425
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 28.68%
Wants: 27
Gots: 55 | 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

Lomaland is an earthy, rustic Belgian-style farmhouse ale that's both complex and quaffable. It smells like hay, pepper, and friendly sunshine. Its dry, cracker-like body and lightly-hoppy finish makes it a beautiful compliment to food. We named Lomaland after the brilliantly crazy utopian community that was the first settlement built in Point Loma, the San Diego neighborhood where our fermentorium is located.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, grass, and slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, spice, and slight citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, light, and refreshing.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of floral hops and Belgian yeast along with some faint bits of spices and musty grain.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Little if any dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer is easy to drink and seems a little rustic in nature. I prefer my saisons to be drier and spicer, but this is good in its own realm.

Serving type: can

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a cool saison, my first modern times brew, drlovemd87 hooked it up like he always does. my favorite part about this beer is unfortunately the can. retro look with a quote from one of my favorite academics lewis mumford, who's monumental two volume work "the myth of the machine" has shaped my own academic trajectory immensely. the beer itself is good, generic on the yeast front, but will hopped with czech saaz, a combination i have dabbled with in my own brewing. the fruity clean nature of the saaz plays nicely with the saison yeast. its familiar but tasty and ultra refreshing. low alcohol and sassy carbonation make this a session saison for me. fruity aromas give way to a more bitter taste, showing the versatility of this hop. i wish the yeast was a little more unique, it makes the beer fall into the category of normal, which saisons should never really be, at least in my mind. what makes this one different is its hopping and its drinkability. if this were available in colorado i would buy it regularly during the hot months of the year. not way different from stillwaters classique, just a bit more hoppy. session saisons are coming in to vogue must be...

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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 wethorseblanket
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours from a 16 ounce can clear straw yellow with a solid 2-finger thick rocky white head with very good retention and leaves rings and splotches of lace.

N: Belgian saison yeast, peppery spices, crackers, mild hay/grass, lemony citrus.

T: Follows nose and well balanced.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-full carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly bitter with a cracked black pepper and yeasty finish.

O: Refreshing and quaffable. A fair Saison and easily approachable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tiger Tiger. Attractive clear golden brew in the Allagash tulip with a nice enough head. Pears and spice in the nose.

Pleasant funky, fruity, tangy taste. Some browned biscuity malt and a pear skin bitterness. Just enough substance while being frothy and refreshing. Malty flavors enhanced by the bitter, dry, yeasty finish. Thoroughly drinkable Saison in the lighter style.

Brewer rates this at 30 IBU, made with Czech Saaz hops. Some wheat malt and corn in the mix. This is one of the four year-round beers from Modern Times.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy medium straw color with a huge bubbly white head that quickly spiderwebs itself away. The aroma is lemony, funky, a bit tart, light bready malty sweetness hides deep underneath. The flavor is funky and yeasty phenolic. Almost like stressed yeast at work here. Very light lemon and pear with bits of clove and pepper. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick watery mouthfeel. Funky tart and yeasty saison, far from my favorite in the style.

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Photo of Zorro
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed lemon yellow colored ale with a medium sized snow white colored head.

Smells of powdery yeast and flowers. Light coriander and a hint of lemon.

Starts out mildly sweet with a drying after taste. Tastes floral with a honeysuckle malt taste. Mild coriander but mostly this tastes of yeast and flowers. Taste of hard water.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty and mild Saison out of a can.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16oz can, purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam & Rich.

Pours a creamy, solid, hazy straw colour, with a coarse-bubbled, but extremely persistent head of white that leaves some faint streaks of fine lace. Body is light, but fluid and holds some fine carbonation. Looks pretty good.

Nose is lovely. Bright lemon sherbet sweetness, Belgian yeast funkiness, and a pleasant peppery note. Acidity is clean and bright. It's very aromatic and very well-integrated. I like it a lot.

Taste is most certainly disappointing after the aroma. Definite yeasty, bready characters come through, without any sense of bright acidity. Instead, it's slightly flat and floury, with a long, drawn-out watery weakness towards the finish. Really low on flavour and complexity. I'm extremely unimpressed—the aroma was so good, the palate was so not.

Feel is smooth and long. It would really work if there were more flavours to expose, but it feels a bit of a waste here.

Overall, wow—this is surely a disappointment. The aroma is so good, and it has so much potential. But at the end of the day, it really ends up pretty mundane and not that interesting. It's such a shame.

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Photo of corby112
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale, bright golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lace left behind. The color is a little lighter than expected but there's good retention/lacing.

Bland, slightly earthy aroma that takes a while to open up. Faint hops and peppery spice along with bread, yeast, biscuit and light fruit esters. Hints of apple, banana, pear and white pepper.

Medium body and a bit more interesting than the aroma suggests. Tight carbonation and strong peppery spice presnce up front that lingers over earthy hops, pale malt and crisp light fruit into a dry finish. Pepper and clove along with resinous pine and earthy grass. Pale malt along with subtle funky yeast character. Pale biscuit malt with hints of apple, pear and cider. Crisp, light and easy to drink but not all that exciting.

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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!

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Photo of markgugs
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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 VelvetExtract
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours a milky yellow color. Pretty clear. Aroma is of lighter Belgian Saison yeast and a soft, pale fruitiness. A bit grainy. Flavor is that of a very clean Saison. Not funky. Yeasty and slightly spicy. Pale fleshed fruit. Clean and easy drinking. The simplicity of this one is the best part of the entire beer. I could drink several of these if I were in the mood for a Saison. Can't get this beer around here, wish I could.

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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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Stevedore
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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.

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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

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not generally a big saison fan but this one peaked my interest so here we go.

Pours a straw/golden color with a thick head that lingers throughout. Some lacing on the glass. Rustic, spicy smell. Flavor is balanced - hops shine through nicely, some spice. Good carbonation consistent with the style. Very enjoyable beer from these guys.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Vigorous pour creates a stark white head, three fingers and fluffy over a cloudy pale straw body. Retention is average as the foam thins out considerably leaving a few clumps of lacing on the glass.

The nose plays a heavy hand of yeast, bready dough and biscuit-like grains with spice notes of clove. Lemony tang with herbal noble hops.

Biscuit-like malt, slightly sweet with alot of Belgian yeast that brings white pepper, baby powder and coriander flavors. Finishing the palate is a bright flash of lemony wheat, green apple skins and tartness. There is an impression of drying bitterness though the hops really are insubstantial.

Medium heft to the body with decent carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and the pleasant tart finish paired with spices creates a drying sensation that bumps up the mouthfeel score quite a bit.

Probably the least impressive of the four offerings Modern Times has rolled into cans thus far, but they set the bar fairly high. A decent take of a saison, they get points here for the tartness to finish rather than just adding Belgian spice and yeast. One to visit more often in the summer months.

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Lomaland from Modern Times Beer
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.