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Lomaland - Modern Times Beer

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very good

56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 424
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: 424
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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Photo of pkalix
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

love these cans!!! never though I would like a can, but these are super cool!!!!
hazy bright yellow pour, lots of white foam. smells like a saison, with Belgian yeasty odors.... farm-y....
taste is sweet with slight bitterness, lots of farmland tang and very very rich...
overall, it's okay. not my favorite style, and of those, certainly not my favorite of that style. but it's drinkable, I suppose, if you're into that stuff. still love the can, but the other Modern Times have been better....

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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.

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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 HalfFull
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a globe glass. The Lomaland pours a clear straw with a rather fleeting cap of foam. Does offer some carbonation for a while to support a thin surface cap but lacks the fullness expected as for retention/lace.

Aroma of light Belgian yeast and some noble hops. Touch of sweet lemony grain especially through a bit of foam after a swirl. Decent aroma but surely lacks any classic saison character. Coriander spice with warming.

Taste follows with a slightly sweet lemon bready character with a good dose of Belgian yeast character. Some spices emerge with warming as the yeast notes diminish. Bit steely overall and undercarbonated. A firmer carbonation via agitation brings forth a spicier delivery. Hmmm.

Feel is pleasant and supportive yet again so-so given the light carbonation. Overall I'm a bit dissaponted here. Surely a 'spiced' saison yet one that is done subtely and with finess vs. the blatant spice of many brewers. Yet the desired yeast funk character is absent. It's hard to mass produce a good saison, and Modern Times doesn't quite pull it off. Alas, they fail less than Coronado or Green Flash for example, who simply crush a base beer with spices.

Back to the drawing board with a Saison Dupont. in hand....

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