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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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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 425
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.


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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 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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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.

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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

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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.

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