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Brother Levonian - Saison Ale | Port Brewing

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Brother Levonian - Saison AleBrother Levonian - Saison Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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For the Ballast Point version: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/199/42595

Added by scottoale on 05-11-2009

BEER STATS
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#3,961
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
81
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't quite entirely settled yet as it has only been sitting in my fridge for a week. A standard pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass from the fluffy, long lasting head that slowly collapses with a substantially textured, rocky surface. The beer is an opaque, orange-tinged, light amber color that shows an orange-gold to pale amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of honey influenced malt and floral aromatics; up front notes of orange blossom, lychee, apricot, honey-suckle and a touch of jasmine as well as a backdrop of earthy black pepper, earthy phenols, a touch of coriander, a touch of a yeast note is nice and there is a biscuit or cracker like malt note that adds a drying note to the finish. This has a very appetizing nose and I am really liking the floral focus of this beer.

A spritzy carbonation helps to dry out the up front sweet malt flavors. This finishes with an austere, flint-like hop note and a clean, noticeable, but not aggressive hop bitterness. Phenolic notes and esters pepper the oral / nasal cavity after each sip. Spicy clove notes play a big role here as does a herbal hop character (notes of menthol, grassy hop notes and even a hint of hemp are present) that really lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer is nice and peppery actually; the pepper has an earthy component to it that adds to the complexity and there is lots of other spiciness that reminds me of ginger and a savory herb note. Some noticeable higher alcohols in the finish don't really add warming, but certainly do boost the pepper presence as well as adding / accentuating a dry, overall fruitiness to this beer. As the beer warms up it picks up an apricot fruitiness as well as some green apple notes. This could definitely be a touch drier than it is, but the floral, fruit and honey notes tend to boost the perceived sweetness. Similarly, this could also be a bit more light bodied; while it is not heavy, it is even quite quaffable and is actually very drinkable; I find it quite easy to polish off a 750ml bottle by myself.

With all the different sugar sources, the varied hops and the spice selection I was a bit worried about that balance that this beer would be able to achieve., this beer is quite nice though and I really like the mix of earthy, spicy, hoppy and floral notes that are found in this beer. It will be interesting to see what this tastes like once I let it settle for a few more weeks, but it is already quite tasty. I am a self-admitted sucker for Saisons though. Within this style this is merely good, but as a beer that I am enjoying it is quite great.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise. I don't think I've commented on a label before but this one requires it. I have to be honest, the picture on the front and the words on the back choked me up (and I already knew the backstory). What a beautiful way to honor someone's memory and help his daughter in the process. On to the beer...
A: Pours a cloudy lemon color with high carbonation producing a 2+ inch thick white head. Good retention.
S: Wonderful citrus and farmhouse funk. Definite brett too. Perfect for style. Honey, lemongrass, melon, and pear round it out.
T: Creamy lemon citrus hops, earthy mineral notes, honey, canteloupe and some spices (coriander, orange peel, and black pepper are my best guesses, but it's hard to say). I wish it more closely followed the aroma, but still very good.
M: Smooth and creamy feel. Light-medium body. Lingers on the palate nicely...especially the brett.
D: Very, very drinkable. Nice summer beer...excellent with picnics/outdoor gatherings. Good complexity, but not overpoweringly so. Definitely one of the better saisons I have come across...seek it out!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this from South Bay Drugs & Liquors. Thanks Joey!

Caged and corked 750ML bottle, lightly chilled.

A nice big pop when I removed the cork, it pours a cloudy orange yellow with about an inch of foam. There's lots of lacing so, so far, it's looking very good.

The smell has a nice nose. I get some funk, some spice(mainly clove and pepper), some malt sweetness, and a light fruitiness that smacks of oranges.

The taste matches the nose but I think, is even better. Good tastes from the Brett with a nice amount of pepper and clove, lots of orange citrus goodness that gets really bitter at times. and very little sweet notes..this one is all about the spice-fruit-and to a lesser degree, the funk but it's there and I'm loving it. Saisons are one of my favourite styles and this one does it justice, I kid you not.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation....close to silky smooth but not quite.

Drinkability? Good Saisons I've always rated highly when it comes to how drinkable they are. The abv, here, is easy to handle and the taste just makes you crave for another sip. Port Brewing did a super job creating this brew. My hat's off to them.

Oh and head retention and lacing=Top notch.

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Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Released at the Anniversary Party. Beautiful, sad label, by the way.

A very well done saison. Citrus and funk play together quite nicely in the nose. The flavor is a bit spicy, with a soft, creamy background. Notes of grass and toffee. Nice bitterness at the end.

Definitely one of the better saisons I have had recently; I look forward to aging this one!

Recommended!

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Photo of seaoflament
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a bottle at the Lost Abbey 3rd Anniversary party and took it tonight (5/12/19) to La Bella to share. According to Tomme, this beer is brewed with tangerine peels, tumeric, black pepper, and brettanomyces at bottling.

Pours a clear, light amber color (a cloudy apricot flesh with the yeast pour) with a thick inch of foam. Great head retention and lacing on the glass.

Very fruity on the nose. Some pinnapple, citrus, pepper, lemon, toast, orange leaf tea, a bit of grapefruit, bubble gum, banana, some farmhouse funk, spiciness from the yeast, phenols, nectarine, and peach. I loved the smell.

Some toast upfront with a touch of leather, bitter plastic funk, bitter orange, and lemon peel on the first sip. Later on it got more yeasty in the finish with some grass and herbs too.

Medium-high carbonation with a full body. Very thirst quenching and I can see myself drinking this in the summer. Almost creamy but there's enough bitterness in the finish to bring some roughness to the palate. Would love to see what some age does to this beer.

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Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage released at the brewery in green 750ml. champagne bottles with cork finish. Also drank one from a 750ml. brown Lost Abbey bottle before the release. Poured into a chalice, a bright, yet hazy orange gold with nearly two-fingers of frothy white head. Good carbonation and great head retention that leaves sporatic patchy lace and a good surface cover. The lace eventually slips back into the drink.

The smell is sweet and fruity, some spicy yeast and a bit of funk. Authentic Belgian farmhouse aroma. Lots of orange peel and clove with a twang of funkiness.

The taste starts sweet with sharp green grapes, pear, orange rind and a big note of spicy clove. More yeast and some funk step in giving some balance with a nice twang. Some hint of bitter cinnamon bring it down to a very clean and slightly dry finish. The alcohol hiding all the while.

Light and refreshing sub-medium body with great flavor and a gem for the style...very drinkable and part of the proceeds go to a very worthy cause. Buy some and read the label while enjoying a fine Saison!

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