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Lomaland - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
85
very good

63 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 440
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 27.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 56 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 440
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 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 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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +5.3%
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 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.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +18.4%

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.

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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.

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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 Bowdoinbeerboy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 +11.3%
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 RaulMondesi
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Out of the can and into the Teku on July 4th whilst in the garden.

Now this, my peeps, is one of those in-between interesting, yet somewhat neutral beers. It doesn't hit you over the head like your baby mama with a Jimmy Choo stiletto when you come home late, yet through it's Swedish like balance and neutrality, it it pretty doggone solid.

Light yeast, light pepper, smooth on the tongue...

Raul just found another horse for his stable.

Yep!

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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 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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can from j47paco. Canned 9/10/13. Served in a goblet.

Pours hazy straw yellow with three fingers of snow white head. There's a lasting haze accross the surface that leaves plenty of lace.

Smells of hay, pepper, yeast and lemons. Pretty straightforward.

No surprises in the taste. Grassy, herbal, funky yeast, wet hay, lemon zest, bready and some pepper. As in the nose, straightforward saison.

Crisp, thin body with sharp carbonation. Dry, lightly bitter finish with lemon peel, wet hay, yeast and bread.

A good enough saison yet it doesn't inspire me much. Ok and light enough to possibly be refreshing but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is cloudy pale yellow
Similar to a witbier. Peppery, wheat, light belgian sweetness, clove, banana, pilsner malt, light earthy hop

Very drinkable.

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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 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 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.

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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 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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of 01001111
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: A clear, almost fluorescent, golden yellow.

S: Yeast funk, pepper, white grapes, and a lot of sweetness.

T: The flavor is what you might expect from a pilsener brewed with a Belgian yeast. This is more like a Belgian Golden Ale or a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than a Saison.

M: A bit syrupy.

O: I've liked everything else I've had from Modern Times so far. This is by no means a bad beer but neither my style nor what I was expecting.

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Lomaland from Modern Times Beer
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.