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LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
82
good

287 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smcolw on 04-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a yellow golden with a white clingy head and a steady release of carbonation from the bottom.

Nice smell of hay, spice, and some light tart and fruity sweetness.

Taste is a spicy, hoppy, balance with some light clean malt. No flavors are great, but none bad.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and metallic.

Pretty drinkable beer, but not quite upper echelon.

Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours bright clear golden yellow with a big 2+ finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smell has a small off note that i cant describe - but other then that is is nice fruity banana some clove

taste is much much better then the nose - again fruity banana some lemon some spice - dont get the pepper but i get lots of cereal grains

mouthfeel is light a little over carbonated

drinkability is ok - #1 this is not a true saison but has some good flavors for as light as it is

i rated this as a saison but to me it drank more like a wit

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Allagash chalice. Bottled in September 2010 notched on the label. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a loose, two inch off-white cap, that slowly recedes into a thin, frothy skim with a few broken bands of lacing around the perimeter of the glass. Nose is light - lemon zest and a hint of candi sugar; fairly clean for the most part. Taste reveals some citrus astringency upfront, a hint of spiciness across the middle and a little tartness/bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium and effervescent with a slightly dry finish. Closer to a Belgian pale ale than a farmhouse, but drinks fairly easily and was quite refreshing, just not style consistent in my opinion.

Photo of fropones
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear yellow with 2 finger eggshell head. Filtered, which isn't the best for a saison, but still.

S - Spice and clove, grass, banana. Not a ton of lemon.

T - Lemon rind and white pepper up front followed behind by banana.

M - Great carbonation, medium heft. Definitely a nice feel.

D - Drinks nicely. Not the best saison I've ever had, but better than I expected with all the negative hype pre-release.

Photo of mschofield
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What it's not:
Unfiltered, hazy, funky

That being said, it's a nice beer. It's far more of a saison than say a Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic is a Lambic.

Lemony, spicy aroma and flavor. There is some of that "saisonyness" to it, but I suspect they held back on the fermentation temp and by doing so restrained the expression of the yeast.

Medium bodied for a saison, not as dry as I'd prefer. Still drinkable, and not really a fruit flavored beer, sure it's "lemon pepper" but they seem organic to the beer, it's not so far outside the lemon you'd get from certain hops, or the pepper you'd get from high alcohol by volume, or certain yeasts.

It's not going to put Saison Dupont or Fantome out of business, but it's a pretty nice beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to my wife for picking this up in Kansas, God knows when we'd get this here...

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of ivory colored head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Grassyness, banana peels & white pepper

T: Follows the nose, phenols as well, plus a touch of lemon zest on the sides of the tongue up front. Lemon zest & black pepper as this warms, wacky but it's working, along with a bit of Band-aid twang, & green banana. Finishes dry with peppery spiciness, citrussy goodness & cloves, bordering on a 4.5

MF: Effervescent, crisp, medium bodied

Very drinkable, I though this would be the weak link of the sixer, but this is very nice, easily the best of the Belgian-influenced Long shots I've tasted

Photo of tubacharlie
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very slight lemon aroma mixed in with a faint scent of hops.

Decent white head that settles to a thin film of foam.

Clear, yellow-gold color with medium carbonation.

A little peppery bite up front with lemon tartness in the middle, as the pepper reasserts itself on the palate. Good balance between the hops, pepper and lemon for a flavor just as would be expected from the description.

For some people this will hit the spot, but I prefer my farmhouse ale pepperless. It's also missing the unfiltered, yeast-laden cloudiness and depth of flavor inherent in the bottle-conditioned Belgian Saisons.

Photo of brownbeer
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's filtered, which to me is the demise of almost any, if not all, Saison. Looks typical, orange-gold.

The Belgian yeast jumps out right away, but not a good, dirty, yeast, more of a cleaned up version. Some fruity banana, lemon zest esters are available, definitely spicy.

The flavor is zesty and spicy with vanilla and banana. Alcohol pokes its head in the door late. Nice, even carbonation. It's too clean for its own good though. Maybe a good intro saison, not the worst example I've had. Though, I wasn't excited about finishing it.

Photo of bashiba
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color with a thick and creamy white head.

The smell had a bit of citrus, yeast, and pepper.

The lemon pepper makes it taste very much like some of the more peppery belgian whites, rather than saison. It does have some nice woody malts and a bit of floral yeast coming through as well, but the pepper really dominates the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and oily with the pepper giving it a little more zip.

Easy drinking, would be nice and refreshing in the summer.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A refreshing take on a saison, maybe lacking depth and some broader earthy tones, but pleasing nevertheless.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Sam Adams branding with a yellow framed label holding a sepia pictured of the awarded homebrewer Jeremy White, and hand written imitation fonts. Back label notes main style, ingredients, and characteristics. Shows a notched best by date (Sep 2010), and Alc. by Vol. (6.4%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Faintly hazy pale to medium gold pour, good frothy head, average retention, small surface memory and some lacing.

S - Light aroma, a bit tart/sour with a tiny yeasty note, a touch of spice and lemon.

T - Follows nicely the aroma, with yeasty, peppery and light fruity notes, with citrus hints. Not so much of an earthy range but other than that it is a nice range.

M - Light body with generous carbonation. It works fairly well for the offering.

D - It is rather quaffable without any remarkable complexity. But a nice refresher.

Notes: A good offering from the homebrew contest, glad to have these offerings around promoting craft beers. While not to die for, this saison is better than some regular saisons from other well know US craft brewers and in that context it is truly welcome.

Photo of silentjay
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pale gold when poured, pretty clear with a small, fluffy white head that laces the glass.

smells pretty on par for a saison, yeasty, spicy, peppery, bready, with a touch of lemon and juicy citrus. a bit stronger in the pepper than many other saisons, though it doesnt overpower the aroma.

taste is lemony at first, peppery next, with some white bread, sourdough bread and honey mixed in. the pepper lingers throughout and some fruit (banana, peach) comes through on the back end.

mouthfeel is kinda light and its too bubbly to be ideal for the flavors.

drinks very well, refreshing, tasty, spicy. not overpowered by any one characteristic. different from many other saisons, but still not a bad example of one. would drink again.

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle:
Lemon Pepper Saison
Pale in appearance, this ale is light-bodied and effervescent with an interesting combination of both fruity and spicy flavors. The initial sweetness of vanilla and citrus notes from the fresh lemon peel is followed by the spiciness from the grains of paradise. The finish is slightly tart yet refreshing.

I'm impressed with thick coating of lace from the head. The liquor color is crystal-clear gold. Lots of minute bubbles continually replenishing the head.

Tart aroma. Slightly peppery and a touch of licorice.

The "saison" part of the beer is not lost here: peppery, short aftertaste, and some earthiness. I cannot detect much lemon. The body is as expected.

I'm a fan of the Saison style and this one does not disappoint with too many other flavors. A very nice blend.

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LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.