Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,057
Ranked #20,400
3.88 | pDev: 8.25%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: This is a Lagunitas-ified version of a traditional farmhouse ale, aged in red wine oak barrels and funkied up with Brettanomyces yeast. It’s a golden saison-sour with a nice tartness that leaves your buds quenched and wanting more. Proost!
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a one finger foamy white head that has good retention. Smells of ripe cheese, yogurt, lemon & yeast. Slightly tart flavor up front, wit notes of yogurt and citrus fruits. The finish is dry with more yesty tartness. Medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish

Jun 14, 2019
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter tulip glass from a vintage 2017 bottle.

Appearance: Pure clear amber color with minimum medium bubbles to the body creating a descent white head. Head rose just about a quarter of a finger's length off the body.

Smell: sour cherry scent, yeasty aroma which hits the nostrils pretty hard.

Taste: Complex sour cherries and light lemon. Yeast components all over the beer. Smooth matinees which mellows out as the beer reaches a little closer to room temperature.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a semi full body, tangy finish sets it a step up.

Overall: Descent brew, needs no tweaking really and seriously best saved for in between as a palate cleanser. Salud!

Jan 20, 2019
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber pour, light fine head. Definite aroma ozf yeast and very ripe fruit. Lighter taste, low bitterness and a hint of sour flavor. Sipped slowly, enjoy the layers of flavor that open up as it warms. A bit light on the carbonation, but otherwise a solid offering.

Dec 02, 2018
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elNopalero from California

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Accessible sour with a faint Cabernet barrel note. Tart sour aroma matched by the flavor. Light carbonation. Light tartness on the finish. Another good one.

Nov 26, 2018
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descobar from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2017 One Hitter Series - 12 oz bottle
pours pale amber with a distinct reddish tint and 1/2 " of off-white head that quickly dissipates to half that. this ale is perfectly clear and no lacing was observed.
I get grassy, earthy hop aromas. light fresh cut hay from the malts mixed with a subtle honey-orange funk. none is too intense.
body is medium-full, texture is oily and rich, carbonation is light and astringency pronounced.
Acidic funk and vinous notes take over the palate. there's honey and orangey sweetness and just enough bitterness to balance. Finish is long and sweet with persistent acidic funk.
Overall: I would not classify this as a saison (although they might have used saison yeast strain at initial fermentation) but more of a complex sour ale. The bretty funk and vinous notes give it a complexity not really consistent with saisons. Having said that this ale with satisfy many sour beer drinker's palates.

Oct 25, 2018
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scottfrie from California

3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle.

A: Pours a clear deep golden with a couple fingers of fizzy white head that quickly faded into a thin collar of bubbles.
S: Spritzy mineral water nose mixed with mild notes of citrus and a kiss of botanicals.
T: Clean lactic tartness, slightly medicinal earthy hop notes mixed with hints of bitter citrus pith and botanicals.
M: Medium-light body, crisp and lightly tart mouthfeel, refreshingly clean and scrubbing overall. Carbonation is tingly up from and smooth in the finish.
O: Clean, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Jul 23, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle split between a pair of Cantillon glasses. 2017 bottle. 258 7 1 is on the neck.

Pours a mostly clear amber/honey color with a small, fine head and medium carbonation. Smell is tart, lemon, mild.

Taste is a little white winey, moderately tart, more grassy than I expected.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and not quite carbonated enough. Overall, it's not bad.

Jul 19, 2018
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$2.19 for a 12 ounce bottle. Original gravity 1.073. 10.8 Ibus 7.4% alcohol
"This is a Lagunitas-ified version of a traditional Farmouse ale, aged in red wine oak barrels and funkied up with Brettanomyces yeast"

Pours out to a dark golden/light amber. Slightly hazy. Forming a modest whitehead with poor retention and minimal leasing. The nose is very peculiar. There is definitely some good Brett character going on but there is a subtle acetone note. No hop nose. Smells sweet and tart. The mouth feel is very dry. Moderately chart. Medium dense body. The taste opens up with lots of good horsey Brett followed by red wine character, Tannic astringency and moderately strong sourness. mild bitterness, watery finish. No off flavors or aromas.

This is an interesting beer. I have not had a Lagunitas sour before and they did a good job with this. It is a little tart for me but I think a lot of people will like it. Well done. Recommended

Jul 09, 2018
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- One hitter series.

A: Light organish-lipton tea coloring with a temporarily holding head that quickly lapses expected per style. Fair clarity with a moderate density and rise of carbonation. No visible lacing.

S: Touch of funky sourness, oaky wine and peaches are very soothing along with a wet breadiness. Small bits of caramelized malts with some fruitiness of green melon. Overall a very even and smooth aroma.

T: Smooth souring factor and fruitiness of peaches, applesauce and sweet caramel grains. Some light lemon souring and a nice little sting upon the swallow. Nice blend of fruit, some cantaloupe, apples and grapes also give this a fruity wine like flavor.

M: Nice near full body, creamy and soft, sits well on the tongue with a gentle massage of carbonation.

O: Nice erotic fruit and souring and nice level of awareness while maintaining a very easy drinking factor. Labeled as a golden Saison sour. Great balance of golden fruit and the Flanders souring aged in wine barrels.

Jun 28, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a rapidly dissipating head.
Musky aromas of brett and wine barrels. An acidic quality suggests fruit such as kiwi, lime grapes and sour cherry. There is also a wheat like sweetness.
Tart and lightly sour with fruity flavors. Vinous and even acidic; respectively evoking grapes and vinegar. Yet, there is a substantial malt sweetness. The middle palate brings forth a mild peppery quality. Zesty and dry in the finish.
Medium bodied, tart and sweet. The carbonation is moderate to gentle.
This felt more like a Flanders Red Ale rather than Saison. The tartness and malt sweetness threw me off a bit. Drinkable but not my favorite example of the style.

Jun 08, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Eroica has a thick, off-white head, a hazy, gold-orange appearance, bubbles, and some glass lacing. Aroma is mostly of red wine oak barrels, and the flavor is of Warheads brand candy, sweet, white bread crust, and underlying wood and red wine. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Eroica finishes drying.


May 31, 2018
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, an orangish brown with ruby highlights, no head, just a thin rim of lace that disappears quickly. The aroma is funk, cider/pear, some dark fruit, slight vinegar. The flavor is right in line. Medium level of sourness, some dirt and earth underneath. The feel is medium light, somewhat sharp at first, but the carbonation lowers as it warms. A tasty sour/saison, worth a go if you can still find it.

Apr 08, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with yellow hues on the edge of the glass and a deep hazy appearance. Poured with a short, creamy white foam with low retention. Sweet apricots and sour dark cherry aromas with funky yeast and hints of vanilla. Light malt aroma. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Pleasant creamy smooth feel in the middle followed by light warmth to the end. Tart fruit flavors, apricot, sour cherries and funky yeast with underlying vanilla notes. Light malt flavors with bready notes on the back end. Tartness is pretty even through the middle where it slowly tapers to the end. Finished with fading tartness and smooth vanilla flavors. This was damn tasty with lots of character. Solid aromas and flavors with a pleasant feel and easy finish. Easy drinking.

Apr 02, 2018
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly dark reddish-amber brew. Translucent, nearly transparent. Head production is subdued, and retention similar.

The nose is a fascinating blend of honey, wine, oak, funk, peach, orange liqueur, and syrup.

Flavor definitely leans more toward a lightly sour American Wild Ale than a Brett saison, but you can attribute that to the aging in wine barrels. Brett funk is present, and suggests this beer will develop wildly with age. Flavors are quite similar to the nose all around: red and white grapes, oak, vanilla, Brett, orange, and honey.

Very mild pucker; it's more pungent than sour. Very easy and lively on the palate.

Apr 01, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a snifter. Clean golden amber color with a small and thin white head. Lots of red wine on the nose. Also some tart cherries and funk. Fairly tart and reminded me of a Flanders Red. Nice funk and fruity notes. Lots of red wine. Big oak flavor as well. Dry and clean finish.

Mar 28, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of sour cherry, sweet caramel malt and some funkiness. Good sour flavor - black cherry and some lemon. Enough sweetness for balance.

Mar 26, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/20/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, plum, cherry, berry, pear, apricot, red/green apple, red/white wine, hay, straw, grass, pepper, toasted oak, oaken vanilla, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, and biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, caramel, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, bready malt, and red wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, plum, cherry, berry, pear, apricot, red/green apple, red/white wine, hay, straw, grass, pepper, toasted oak, oaken vanilla, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, and biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, caramel, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light Brett tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, plum, cherry, berry, pear, apricot, red/green apple, red/white wine, hay, straw, grass, pepper, toasted oak, oaken vanilla, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, biscuit, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, bready malt, and red wine barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from tartness and yeast/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and fairly acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged wild saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, bready malt, and red wine barrel flavors; very smooth and pretty refreshing to drink; with the mellowly tart/tannic/spicy/drying finish, never overly acidic. Really well developed Brett complexity, perfect bready malt balance, and a ton of red wine barrel presence. A really enjoyable offering. More of a Flanders red than a saison overall, but very impressive either way.

Mar 24, 2018
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JLaw55 from Missouri

5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic. Mild tartness, slight funk, yeast and grain, red wine is prominent, and slight woodiness on the finish. Extremely drinkable and especially so for the ABV. Great balance and complexity with the flavors layered on each other in an almost elegant way. It seems like a beer that aught to be offered in a larger size and with a more specialty bottle, yet here it is in an unassuming 12 oz regular bottle format.

Definitely worth a try. I can only hope this returns again soon, as I would revisit this one in an instant.

Mar 21, 2018
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Tigerbrau from Louisiana

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely worth a try. Very very good and exceeded expectations. It was in a 12oz typical beer bottle, and felt like after tasting it should have been in something fancier.

Mar 12, 2018
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WEBBEER from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is grand. Without a doubt it is one of the better offerings from Lagunitas. Pours an soft amber color with a firm tight sepia head that lingers like a stout. Smells tart like sourdough. Such a bright crisp tasty finish. The bettanomyce and other ingredient choices come together for a superior experience. I could drink this all day. But I won't. We're saving this brew for the first day of spring

Mar 10, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would better describe this as a light sour with a hint of yeastiness rather than a sour saison. Missing that crisp saison finish on the taste. Nice plum and apple taste but again very light. Smell is slight sour notes and not much else. Mouthfeel was thin. Catching a theme?

Mar 03, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. On neck of bottle is stamped '271 7 2 1989 1840'.
Clear, gold colored body. Short head quickly dissipates. No lacing.
Aroma of oak barrel, dark fruit, green apple, vinous grape, and tobacco/leather.
Taste of upfront sweet/sour fruit, then some earthy, tobacco funk, followed by a wave of even sweeter apple/cherry fruit.
Medium mouth feel, quiet carbonation.
In the realm of a sour beer, but certainly not extreme. The back end taste is quite refreshing, dry, and effervescent. Ends like a dry white wine that spent some time in a red wine barrel.

Mar 03, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with a subtle haze; fluffy off-white head that falls leaving nice retention and and decent lacing. The aromas have hints of vinegar along with some apple and sweet fruits. Some floral notes as well. Malts are there. Funky. The flavors are sweet, tart and slightly sour. Everything is balanced though. More vinegar along with some more sweet fruits. It's not bitter. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slightly thin, but it's still fluffy and has body to it.

This is a nice brew. I've never been to experienced with these type of beers, so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt. I like this. It's really enjoyable stuff. It doesn't have hops or come off as your typical Lagunitas hoppy beer. Well done.

Mar 01, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 2018 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 25, 2018.

Not a bad looking light to medium amber pour with a fizzy white head the fades quickly. Semi-opaque.

The aroma brings out a kind of white grape and apple cider sensation with wild yeast and a cracker-biscuit sweet malt note.

Light to medium and smooth mouthfeel.

The taste has a decent pucker-up tartness with an emphasis on grape and a caramel malt sweetness leading to a clean finish.

Feb 25, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin ring of lace around the glass

S: Oak and some Brett funk up front along with malt sweetness and fruitiness in the back. Some red wine homage in there as well

T: Starts off with the oak and some light Brett sour notes followed by a nice smooth maltiness and red wine notes that provide some counter-sweetness to the light sour notes. Sour notes return towards the end. Finishes with lingering malt sweetness, light Brett sour, and fruity notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the smooth side

O: A simple yet very enjoyable out bruin that isn't overly sour. Easy to drink. Solid

Feb 24, 2018
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