Lemongrass Saison | Maui Brewing Co.

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Lemongrass SaisonLemongrass Saison

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Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with The Lost Abbey.

Added by OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes.
L: Pours hazy straw gold with a 1” sudsy white foam collar that provides splotchy lace.
S: Light banana, lemongrass, spice, herbs and some floral notes.
T: Lemony, citrusy, light pilsner malts, some white wine notes.
F: Light with above average carbonation.
O:Very pleasant and drinkable with fine flavors but not very challenging.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip

It pours an opaque yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Highly active carbonation runs up the edges of the glass. First smell is bread crust. That gives way to lemon zest. Fairly muted. First sip is slightly tart lemons. I am getting a very subtle hint of yeasty esters before the bready finish. Not a lot going on. The feel is pretty nice. Active carb on the tongue with a clean finish.

Very drinkable. Pretty bland.

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Photo of arizcards
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at Bevmo refrigerator in early February for $2.99.

Beer poured golden with a decent white head that fizzled to nothing pretty quickly.

Nose is pilsner malt with hints of lemon.

Taste base is pilsner malt with some lemon, a bit of pepper with a lemon zest finish.

Mouthfeel is heavy for the style, decently carbonated. I am expecting something a bit lighter.

Overall a pretty good beer considering it is a year old. Some good flavors going on. Glad i had the chance to try this.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

My beer guru had this one to try during a session. Appearance was not what I typically like, very clear and thin. The smell was very interesting, much better than I was expecting. The flavor was also very good. This is a great fire pit beer in the summer time after a hard day work. I will certainly consider buying it in the future.

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Photo of Agent1
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Rather dull. No head retention. Slightly bubbly with white, small bubbles forming at first pour, but then all of this quickly vanishes. Not much carbonation to look at, either.

Smell - Slightly sour pilsner malt on the nose, honey, coriander and citrus. All fairly to-be-expected elements of a Saison. Not picking up much lemongrass at all at this stage. Nice, clean hop aroma.

Taste - Not picking up much lemongrass. I cook with lemongrass fairly often and it is not easy to notice. When trying to spot it, it almost tastes more like a stale, bitter lemongrass and is not crisp, floral or citrusy at all. All the other flavors are standard Farmhouse/ Saison qualities: strong wheat notes, bitter lemon peel, light candy sugars/ honey, coriander, pilsner grains (nice and bitter/plant-y), floral hops (like the citra a lot here), and candied orange. Again, all very standard elements.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation reflects the appearance. Not great, slightly flat. Nice sugary mouthfeel: smooth, soft, and candy-like. Stimulates the front of the palate mostly and upper front portion of the mouth. Not a great mouthfeel, but not terrible.

Overall - Being a really big Lost Abbey fan, I was expecting way more here. Also, after falling in love with the mash-up between Sam's Dogfish Head and Maui Brewing and seriously being blown away by the Liquid Breadfruit, this is somewhat of a letdown. Not that this was a particularly bad beer -- it just wasn't anything special or standout. I won't be buying this again for the price. The Liquid Breadfruit, however, is unique and delicious. Will definitely stick to that mash-up, no question!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite yellow with a near pure clarity. I like this saison. At first there seemed that soap character that really drives me batty when it's in my saisons. Thankfully that exited and a mild earthy edge was there. Lemongrass is certainly there; may be a bit overdone really. Seems mildly overpowering. Citrus is certainly here as well with consistency. An easy drinking saison.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Even though it was brewed almost 8 months ago it still tastes pretty fresh though the lemongrass notes have have moved to the back. The citrus still picks the beer up and melds with the yeasty taste as per the style. As it warms up it opens up and the beer is revealed as above average for the style. Worth the purchase.

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Photo of bierdeflanders
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

S: Spicy, hint of pear, with some lemon zest

A: deep yellow with some haze

T: spicy, fruity, lemon, hay, some citrus notes

O: nice easy drinking saison, light body with a crisp finish. Not sure I would buy it again, but worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Huffs
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a full, white head with good retention and lacing. Appearance was a hazy straw color. Aroma was yeasty with some citrus notes. Taste had strong lemon and herb notes with some grass and wheat notes. Mouth feel was medium with a light sweet and sour aftertaste.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355 ml can. Pours slightly hazy bright yellow. The nose is incredibly bright and herbaceous, with notes of lemon dominating. Taste offers saison yeast funk notes, pineapple, citrus and an herbaceous hint of tart lemongrass on the finish. Mostly delivers what it promises. Definitely a tasty, refreshing beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can picked up at Bier Thirty in Bown last week sometime... Enjoyed tonight after a long day on the clock... Pours a slight hazy glowing straw golden... short lasting white head leaves decent lacing in the wake.

Aromas are pretty traditional Belgian spicy phenols and some expected lemongrass... some bready pale maltiness...

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose perfectly... perhaps a bit too much residual maltiness IMO, but it isn't a deal breaker.. lemongrass/citrus zest lingers long on the finish.

Body seems heavy for a 5% saison, but a good carbonation helps scrub the palate... pretty drinkable despite being a bit burpy.

Good beer... Not sure I would buy it again, but it is always cool to find a saison in a can.


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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with no visible BB date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. A collaborative brew between Maui brewing and Lost Abbey, resulting in a modern take on a traditional Belgian style.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A clear golden hue with some chunky floating sediment and plentiful carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating. Aroma of dry, fruity yeast with hints of coriander, spice, mild lemongrass, faint herbs, grain and a lingering earthiness. Nicely rounded - smells great.

Tastes of earthy, fruity yeast with a crisp, dry finish. Notes of coriander, subtle spice, floral hints, mild lemongrass, faint herbs, grain, light malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Highly attenuated, followed by a mild, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and good body for the style. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of earthy yeast and faint herbs.

Rather good, even if it doesn't quite live up to its name. Looks a bit lacklustre - the head fades very quickly though the carbonation is spot on. Aroma and flavour are decidedly yeasty and spicy, with a mild hint of lemongrass. Nicely balanced but I was hoping the lemongrass would be more obvious. Perhaps it's a character that wanes over time. Decent body. A quality brew - worth sampling though I believe this was a one-off.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

had higher hopes for this, being in part by lost abbey and all, but maybe freshness is an issue here. pale yellow color, lighter, more blonde, without much head after a few seconds. its hazy and lazy and simple looking, some yeast settles. the nose is less lemongrass than I want, but its a little citric, with a lighter side of saison yeast and wheat malt both being showcased. the flavor is simple, not overly herbal as I thought it might be. let down by the yeast, was hoping for a much more interesting and robust version in this collaboration, but its not to be. super light in feel, pushing watered down, I could see it working in the summer, but it also really is lacking carbonation, which drags it down a little. it just feels half dead to me, half assed maybe, but again, freshness could be an issue, I think this one has been on the shelf awhile. overall not bad, but certainly far from standout, almost generic. not what I expected from these two.

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Photo of joe1510
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can

Saison Sunday!

Messenthrope tossed me a can of this in a recent trade. Thanks a million, Scott! This one is brought to us a collaboration between Maui and Lost Abbey. The body is the palest straw golden with enough haze to make the clarity zero. Carbonation is extremely active and seems to rise from every surface of the glass. A clean white head reaches a finger in height but quickly fizzles to a ring while leaving some soapy lacing that slowly falls back into the body.

The nose is on the lighter side of the spectrum but what's there is appetizing. Musty stone fruit is present but the biggest aspect are spicy esters. White pepper and soft, very soft clove play important rolls. Lemongrass is noticeable adding citric qualities and it's own unique spice along with some nice minerality. This saison is little light on the nose but good overall.

Citrus, both orange and lemon, lead the way while mildly spicy white pepper brings some bite in the middle. There's a little mustiness and that stone fruit I picked up in the nose comes through mid-palate. Minerality kicks in on the finish while the lemon ramps up and lingers. The flavor is more well rounded and brighter than the nose suggested.

The body has a little more weight than the classic examples of the style and the carbonation doesn't quite reach the airiness I'd like but with that said the body is soft and slick with a light dryness on the finish. The spiciness lingers shortly.

Lemongrass Saison is a solid, enjoyable example of the style. It's not one of the classic examples but it has an enjoyable twist with the addition of lemongrass. I'd pick this up again if available in my area. Thanks again, Scott!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a tulip. Pours a pale yellow color that's slightly hazy, big three-finger white foamy head that reduces quickly to a thin layer, no lacing

S- dry straw aroma with yeasty and biscuity malt, musty and wet hay bale, fruity esters of pear and apple, a hint of lemony tartness at the end

T- light buiscuity and yeasty malt, fruity pear flavors, lemony citrus floral notes from the lemon-grass almost gives the flavors of a witbier. Dry and slightly tart finish with a slightly tart citrus linger

M- medium body with low low-yet-biting carbonation produces a crisp-yet-slick mouthfeel and dry finish

O- refreshing saison with some nice notes from the lemongrass, however I prefer a little more barnyard funk in a saison and this one was pretty light on that aspect. Overpriced, unfortunately

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trade from Garry as an extra. Thanks. Had this right after my first homebrew, which also happened to be a light saison. Can to tall tulip. Pours a cloudy hazy light yellow with a quickly receding one finger head. Crisp yet funky aroma with some peppery spice and slight citrus (lemon?). Flavor is light wheat, some crisp lemon, pineapple, and definite yeasty funk. Effervescent and refreshing for the summertime. Not bad at all. I could see drinking this in Maui for sure.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a tall Ommegang flute; canning date of June 13, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CANNEDALOHA 061313”), making this beer about three and a half months old at the time of consumption. Although the solid majority of that time was refrigerated, so that’s a plus.

Appearance (2.5): Mostly the appearance of a traditional saison, but lacking in terms of head and lacing. One finger of bone-white foam coming off of the pour, crackling and fizzing away to leave just a thin collar on the surface of the beer all around the glass. The body is a pale orange-yellow, a bit like passionfruit juice, and cloudy. Basically no lacing.

Smell (3.5): Mostly the aroma of a traditional saison: dry, bready and yeasty biscuits, dusty straw, sweet pear and apple scents, some watered down orange juice maybe, and the light mustiness of a damp bale of straw. In addition to all that though, there’s the sweet, not-quite-citrus, not-quite-floral aroma of lemongrass, but it’s a bit faded, to be sure.

Taste (4.0): Mostly the flavor of a traditional saison, but with a pleasant tartness that swings into a lightly juicy, not-quite-citrus, not-quite-floral flavor that comes from the lemongrass. The blend of bready malt and yeasty, well, yeast notes follow the nose, showing dry, starchy biscuit and slightly musty, fruity flavor. It all gets swept into a moderately citrusy (like underripe pineapple and some pink grapefruit pith) tartness, which in turn makes this really drinkable. When it’s colder there are some pretty noticeable, medicinal phenols but as it warms up they get subsumed by the pithy bitterness and floral tartness described above.

Mouthfeel (3.75): The carbonation is easy-going at first, really kind of lax actually, but it picks up with a nice, assertive, spritzy tingle that goes everywhere the beer does before foaming up and fizzling out. The body is on the light side of medium, dry but still pretty juicy, and exceedingly drinkable after it warms up a bit.

Overall (3.5): This is a really, really solid, mostly traditional saison in a number of ways, but lacking in some other, key categories (in my mind). The flavor is very good and well-crafted, the aroma is also well-crafted but not as juicy and aromatic as it could be, the appearance is theoretically mostly on point but quite disappointing in practice, and the mouthfeel is almost excellent but not quite. Still, I’m glad I tried it. Worth picking up at least a single if you’re a saison fiend, but if you see it get it soon because these cans are aging.

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Photo of WTKeene
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated can into a snifter.

Appearance: A sparse but sizable white head, golden translucent color. No lacing.

Smell: Belgian Yeast, citrus. Nothing outstanding here.

Taste: Light, not very complex. Sweet Belgian yeast, I can get a little bit of lemon. Perhaps a tiny bit of hops, not enough for the style though as far as I'm concerned. Feels a bit watery. Aftertaste has a most of the distinct lemongrass flavor.

Mouthfeel: Definitely thin, watered down. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

Overall: I'll finish the glass and I'm glad I tried it because it had seemed interesting, but I won't be seeking it out. Lemongrass character isn't as strong as I was hoping, but it's not an offensive beer. I'll keep it around for sharing with my friends, but I think I'll stick to Tank 7 when I want a Saison.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whew. $16 for a six-pack?!?!?!?!
Picked up on firesale at my local shop for $6.99/6pk

Slow rising and fast falling white snappy foam filled head. Brew is murky yellow, just like uri....bud light. No lacing and poor head retention. But, saision esque, kinda.

Yeasty, lemony, bready, earthy, sweet aroma. Is it sour?

Not sour at all. Full of dry, earthy lemon. Light, crisp, heavy snappy carbonation; just like the appearance shows. The biggest takeaway from this brew was how dry it was. Very unique dryness, not sure I dig it. I prefer wet, spicy saisons.

At $2.75/12oz, can't recommend. At $1.20/12oz, still not sure it's worthy. It's a lackluster starter microbrew. I know Maui can produce better. Lip up.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The creator of the canquest, woodychandler, comes through again with another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a yellow/ whiteish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of lemons,wheat, funky. Taste is spicy, ginger stands out, some wheat, earthy. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing, light summer beer but not a great Saison.

Looks the part, hazy straw gold color, nicely carbonated bubbly white head. Aroma has lemongrass and citrus but very little of the earthy funk of a good Saison.

Tastes good. The lemongrass is definitely noticeable, but not overdone like the Outer Banks Brewing Station Lemongrass Wheat. There is some citrus/lemon zest flavor as well and a bit of funky yeastiness, but not enough for a Saison.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is just right. A nice summer beer, not a great Saison though.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Old Lady was like a modern Siren, enticing me to come out and visit her in what I now refer to as CANorado. I made the long journey westward, only to find that my amorous feelings for her were MUCH stronger than her reciprocal feelings for me. Ah, ma coeur! In the meantime, she was a most gracious hostess and a like mind, which made it all the more painful. Towards the end of my visit, I compiled my shopping list and went all over town, gathering and buying CANs like it was my first time. The look on the babe's face when she came down from her place of work to help me stow all of my CAN booty in her vehicle was priceless. She could not believe that I had hauled so much around on public trans by myself nor that my (relatively) small frame could carry it, period. I am like an insect, capable of lifting 1000x my body weight, but I was pretty sore for a few days afterward.

From the CAN: "Certified Made on Maui"; "Belgian Inspired Saison Brewed With Lemongrass"; "Limited Release"; "Spring is here! What better way to celebrate than with a fine Belgian inspired Saison.This handcrafted beer was created with our good friends at Lost Abbey. Being a San Diego native, we are connected. We celebrate this friendship with our collaboration. Saison has been brewed for centuries, often for the spring and summer months. Brewed with Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts, Nelson Sauvin hops and locally raised lemongrass. Our saison is malty, spicy, refreshing, and carries a beautiful aroma of citrus and fruit esters. [undersigned] Garrett W. Marrero"; "Brewed & CANned at Maui Brewing Co. Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii"; "Maui's Truly Local Beer!"; "The Lost Abbey [-] I've lived in San Diego my whole life. It's got surf, sun and now great beer. Without a doubt, it's a special place. Maui too has surf, sun and great beer. I recently got a chance to experience this up close. I even got a chance to swim with the turtles. Two cities - one ocean apart, we came together to brew this beer with Aloha and Hola on one hand and Mahalo and Adios on the other. Much love and respect from both shores of the Pacific Ocean. Here's to proving great friends CAN ... [undersigned] Tomme Arthur[,] Director of Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey".

The Crack caused a little spritz to jump onto my hand and so I went immediately into an inverted Glug. I had just better than a finger of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly dissipated. Color was a cloudy pineapple-yellow. Nose had that characteristic black pepper and musty scent that is so characteristic of the style. Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the taste was prevalently of black pepper, but underlain with a yeasty mustiness. Finish was dry, but not gaspingly dry. It was really a pretty good choice for a slightly humid afternoon in early September.

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Photo of wasso67
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a lovely pale yellow with a small white head which dissipated quickly. Just a slight citrus smell with some malty notes. Tastes like a saison if only just. A pleasant tart quality makes for a crisp beer with little or no aftertaste. For a saison, only minimally complex, but very drinkable. Lovely on a hot summer day.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml Can from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.20):
Cloudy yellow/straw colour with a thin, half centimetre tall head that is very bubbly looking white colour.

Lemon and citrus with some yeast along with some sweetness and a tiny hint of lemongrass but not as much as I had imagined.

Yeast backed up to a lesser extent by some citrus and a faint hint of sweetness. The beer is fairly standard for a saison with some spice and a slightly tarty taste.

Lots of carbonation,a hint of citrus and spice and overall the beer is light to light-medium bodied and quite wet on the palate for the style.

I expected more from this but it failed to deliver and was average throughout. The taste and smell were both lacking although the beer did look the part, it just didn't back it up elsewhere. It's a typical saison in style and taste but not a great one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a very hazy light yellow color with a large cap of bubbly white head. Fair retention and spotty lace.

Nose definitely has plenty of lemongrass aroma with a fair farmhouse yeast presence. Not much in the way of grains or hops, but it smells pretty good.

Taste is big on the funky yeast with solid contributions from the lemongrass. Malt is soft and wheat-tangy and I dont realy detect much in the way of hops. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, Maui does a good job on that with most of their offerings. I like it, but it is not up there with my favorite Saisons. Very pricey for a sixer, nearly 15 bucks, b ut Id say it is worth a shot if you like saisons.

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Lemongrass Saison from Maui Brewing Co.
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