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Saison Style Ale (Sonoma Farmhouse) | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Saison Style Ale (Sonoma Farmhouse)Saison Style Ale (Sonoma Farmhouse)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by magictrokini on 12-10-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
104
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
17.35%
 
 
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5
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3
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 104
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a brilliantly clear, bright gold color and is topped by a head made up of whipped froth, a fat finger in thickness, that is a pale, off-white color. The aroma is a nice mix of spice, fruit and malt character. I smell notes of earthy spice, ginger, tart-yet-sweet pears, candied orange peel, plums, figs, raisins, honeysuckle, fresh flower nectar, and sweet malt sugars. The darker fruit notes are certainly interesting as I would not expect them in a beer of this pale color.

Lightly effervescent as it hits my tongue, this beer is very light bodied and easily consumed. Soft notes of honey malt mix with a touch of vanilla, a touch of astringency that evokes a certain woodiness. There is some nice spice character here (whether from actual spices I can't say); notes of earthy spices, orange peel, a hint of ginger, some prickly pepper in the finish, and even a touch of green, almost vegetal coriander in the long, lingering finish.

Not a bad beer, but it seems to have missed the mark somehow. It is perhaps a bit more clean than I would like for my personal tastes, but I have a feeling that this will make it more successful and approachable to the average craft beer consumer. I'd happily consume another one, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of flexabull
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright straw gold color with a nice big white fluffy head.

Aromas are yeasty, and bright. A bit of clove and other spices on the nose.

Beer has an overall light and crisp character. It is tart, dry, and slightly fruity. A touch of green apple, a bit spicy like a wit like in flavor, with a yeast flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is good. Pretty well rounded and full even for a fairly light beer.

Beer is easy drinking and enjoyable. I liked it. It just doesn't seem to be along the lines of a traditional saison.

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Photo of Talisker
2.35/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A misfire from Lagunitas. Not only is not a Saison, it's not really very good.

Pours an ultra-clear medium yellow. Not quite fizzy American lager, but not much richer. Dense one-finger head dissipates almost immediately. Aroma unpleasant - bitter edge - possible I've got some skunk in a fresh brown bottle?

Taste is no Saison. No yeast, no hoppy crispness. I might even mistake this for a funky lager. Some toast, but the skunky off-notes are really putting me off. Texture is thin enough - mirrors the clear light appearance. But I can't finish the bottle.

Funny - the Hop Stoopid DIPA in this same Sonoma Farmhouse line from Lagunitas is a masterpiece. This one is not.

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Photo of stephendr
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sonoma Farmhouse label 22 oz. bottle- color of bright yellow , with a decent white color head - nose of funk (funk eventually blew off), horse blanket , yeast , orange , spices , hops , grapefruit , and honey – taste of honey suckle , yeast , jasmine , orange peel , slight hops , and sweet dates - body light , and lightly carbonated – crisp aftertaste of yeast , and slight sweetness

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Photo of GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

03/12/07- Received from BA member and friend Talisker.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into my Pilaarbijiter flute style glass.

Appearance- Urine-straw colored gold. About as clear as you can get. Can virtually read my computer screen though the liquid. A first a spritzy champagne like head which fades totally after a minute or two. Tons of prosecco style bubbles rice to the surface. Leaves behind marginal lace.

Smell- As I will get to in the taste. This is an all out witbier from the nose. Sugary white pepper with a dash of corriander. Sweet scented with maybe even a nose of grain.

Taste- Classic wit. Light powdered sugar sweetness with shards of lemon rind, white pepper and a touch of corriander. You farmyard aspects whatsoever. Seems a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel- Almost champagne style carbonation. Lots of gassy bubbles. Light mouthfeel and a bit watery as stated above.

Drinkability- Don't get me wrong. This is a perfectly acceptable american wit version. Just not anywhere near a saison IMO. Overall it's pretty tasty and queching on a hot night like tonight. Just not to style me thinks.

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Photo of lou91
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second of the new Lagunitas "Sonoma Farmhouse" label - the first being Hop Stoopid. The look was clear, yellow and fizzy and the smell was pleasant yeast and spice but way too subtle. The taste was also crisp, clean and yeasty with hints of some white pepper and coriander. I would like to see this unfiltered and spiced up since it is a good beer base but lacking much for the style. Well at least they had the decency to call it "saison style" since it is not a great saison but a decent session beer.

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Saison Style Ale (Sonoma Farmhouse) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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