Brother Levonian Saison | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brother Levonian SaisonBrother Levonian Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This version wasn't bottled. For the Port Brewing version: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/5318/49726

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
14.48%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
1
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 24
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1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.66/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Ballast Point itself, 8 ounces. On to the beer:

This saison is colored yellow with a highlighter accent, topped with a semi-creamy head and patchy lace. I didn't understand why, but I got a note of urinal cake in the nose. It has the dry and spicy aspect of a saison, so it has that going for it. The saison style on any given day can be of my favorite styles, but it could also be one of my least favorite styles. Unfortunately, Brother Levonian hits closer to the latter. It's dry with a slightly fruity note. Vague spices help remind of the style. Still, I can taste a bit of urinal cake that I smelled. And this is where I'm glad that I didn't purchase a full pour.

No, not a fan. What's next to drink?

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Photo of chefduff2
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of GatorCoop
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a taster at the Miramar location in San Diego. Tart with a nice flavor.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap 1702, Tucson; October 2011
Arrives from the tap a burnished gold color that shows a mostly clear, straw gold color when held up to the light. The head is a creamy textured, off-white color. The aroma initially smells of stale beer, but there is also a touch of straw like and cracker like grain, and the finish has some green apple and pear like fruit aromatics that actually get pretty strong after a bit.

Cold, creamy textured and with a finish that tastes of stale beer and a bit of creamed corn. There is a touch of spice to the finish, but it is quite slight with perhaps a touch of ginger and white pepper. Somewhat sweet and a touch full bodied for a Saison, but I wouldn’t call it sweet tasting per se. This tastes a bit of dried-grassy grain, touches of pale cracker like malt, perhaps a touch of honey-like maltiness and some chewy white bread crumb notes. The spice character is quite muted here, there is a touch of phenolics character that seems more musty than clove like at times, plus there is something that seems to remind me a bit of oxidized nutmeg for some reason. The fruit character from the nose carries through to the flavor with ample notes of pear, perhaps a touch of melon rind and a hint of green apple flavors.

Not sure if there is something about stale tap lines influencing this beer or not, but even if so, the “Saison” character of this beer seems quite a bit more muted than I would like to see. Really not that great for a Saison, though it is not a bad beer; drying this out and getting some proper Saison yeast character in this brew would go a long way towards improving this.

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Photo of drl1990
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight amber color, has a skunky pilsner smell and tastes slightly like it as well, crisp and belgiany if that's a word. Basically if I made a crisp pilsner/belgian ale it would turn out like this beer. I prefer something with more hops but the fact this beer is not too skunky like some beers may be, but also not bland like some are is a nice balance, the difference between flavor and refreshness has been found but not perfected. Wonderful try at harrys hofbrau San Jose

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Photo of justiceavocado
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of bulletrain76
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught at the brewery. Clear gold with a small head. Aroma of some spices, lemon and oranges. The flavor is dry and bready with some spicy pepper and other spice. I'm getting quite a few things, but they seem to muddle and cancel each-other out. Light on body with lots of carbonation. I'd love to have this out of a bottle; I think that the conditioning could add some nice nuance, on-tap this was a bit messy.

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Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty typical Saison at first taste. Slightly spicy, rather thin body. Moderately acidic. Just a slight fragrance of funk and flowers. A flinty, austere character. Pleasant hint of malt gives a fleeting glance. Clear amber in the glass with modest foam and lacing. Crisp yet flat in flavor. Maybe a good gulp at a picnic, but not particularly interesting for the style.

On tap at Local Habit in San Diego.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

9/2/2011

On tap at Home Brew Mart. This is a fresh batch that was put on today while I was enjoying Longfin. I haven't had this for a couple years.

A: Hazy yellow gold with a finger of white froth.

S: Strong spicy pepper phenols with notes of pear and ripe golden apple. Coriander is evident. Malt is grainy with a little sweetness.

T: Pepper-like spiciness up front with pronounced fruity esters reminding me of pear and apple. Malt is bready and slightly sweet. Bitterness is low and herbal. The finish marks an increase in pepper-like spiciness with coriander and accompanying grainy malt.

M: Medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A solid Saison, but the pepper spiciness was a little too strong.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap a dark golden color, with an impressively rocky off-white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, coriander, brown spices and lemon zest. On the palate, I got bready malt, more lemon and a little grapefruit. Refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Brother Levonian Saison from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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