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Lemongrass Saison | Maui Brewing Co.

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Lemongrass SaisonLemongrass Saison

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by beagle75:
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3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint glass.

A: Hazy, pale golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Evident citric acidity accompanies mild spicy yeast phenolics that, together, give an impression of witbier.

T: Begins dry, with bright lemon citrus peel and soft wheat-like grain. Hops, while generally restrained, are most evident into the middle where they lend a thread of green herbaceousness to developing bready yeast. Through repeated exposure the entire first half of the flavor profile takes on a peppery quality that adds depth. The finish is affected by wheat and yeast, mild with an edge of savory spice.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Slightly more interesting than a typical mass-marketed wit, this so-called saison still puts approachablility ahead of rigorously authentic farmhouse qualities in terms of priority. It converges on many of the sensory qualities of a witbier; the Citronella takes the place of Curacao orange peel while extremely mild yeast metabolites effectively stand in for savory-spicy coriander. Safe for a saison, and likely so by design when one considers its casual appeal.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from "Lifesource" in Salem OR.
Poured into a totally inappropriate nonic pint glass.
Cloudy yellow beer with a nice sized bubbly ,yet thick white head.
Funky aroma,lemon and cheese..some barnyard, spice,slightly nutty weird but nice.
Smooth sweet lemon and slight banana tastes, also a hint of sourness, again the slight cheese..
Nice palate with a drying end.
Weird yet interesting beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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 arizcards
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GClarkage
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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 joe1510
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a can and into a Russian River tulip up at the cabin in Mammoth Lakes, CA.

About as solid and straight as a ruler. But who likes rulers? Raul did it because he could; and when he did, "meh."

Kind of like Jennifer Lawrence; I mean, Raul would, but he wouldn't feel like King Kong after.

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Photo of wogreen
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - cloudy, bright lemon-lime soda appearance
S - very yeasty, light and maybe a faint citrus
T - acidic, sharp on the front, smoother with more of a zest on finish. lemongrass is a nice addition but not overpowering.
M - effervescent and lively
O - a great summer brew. would go well in a canoe or camping

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Lemongrass Saison from Maui Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 179 ratings