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%
 
 
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1
Gots:
1
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Photo of arfenhouse
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a chalky flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of garuda
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale golden body, slightly hazed, white cap has good retention with some lace.

S/T - Slight yeast funk, style considered, but this is more of a saison that ends up on the lemon candy, sweet side of things. Underlying yeast profile is slightly spicy with some herbal, grassy notes. Finishes dry.

M - Medium body, lively, delicate carbonation. Crisp, finishes clean.

O - Ok, but nothing particularly memorable. A sweeter saison with the funky yeast staying more in the background.

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Photo of pukahi91
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ThinkRedEsq
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of AlexM
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kendellmarie
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of MickeyHops
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of timwardjr
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of prisdefer
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mettkea
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of joefuzz
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at double windsor saison night

Pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Smells kind of bready with a slight tropical fruit presence. At first sip it is very typical saison but as it warms up huge tropical mango, papya and star fruit. Mouthfeel and carbonation are session saison to the tee. Overall amazing beer....ballast point needs to send more draft only to the east coast

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Photo of justiceavocado
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of heresy22
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of teleman
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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