Lagunitas #10 (aka #9) | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas #10 (aka #9)Lagunitas #10 (aka #9)

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 08-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of RBorsato
4.77/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy pale orange color with a nice off-white head that dissipates. Decent carbonation. Fruity and yeasty Belgian aroma. Fruity citrusy flavor. Nice soft malt character with light tartness. Light-medium bodied -- Very refreshing !!

Very nice -- deceptive for ABV; nice, mellow

Label States: "Crispy Summer Ale" & 29.5 IBU

2002 Summer Seasonal
Tasted: 07/11/03

(22 oz. bottle)

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Photo of Zorro
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear sunny yellow color with a frothy white head.

Smell is sweet and full of flower aromas. Smells much like a very good wildflower honey. Strong scent of coriander. Very fresh and clean smelling Saison. I have never smelled a better beer of this type.

Taste is sweet as expected and fruity like a Belgian triple. Lots of coriander flavor and spiciness. The flavor of wildflower nectar lingers in your mouth as you sip this. Very mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is a super pleasant brew to sip. This is the best Saison I have ever drank, probably because it is in perfect condition when it was delivered to the San Jose California BevMo. There are a lot of great East Coast beers that just never make it to California; but we have some great local beers of our own.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Harris Grill, in a pint glass.

Golden straw with a small white head by the time it came to the table.

Smells are dominated by the yeast with a phenolic and funky presence that's very refreshing. Fruit esthers are banana and lemon, lemon dominates as it warms.

Taste is more grainy, and it seems like there's a good bit of wheat on the grain bill, still slightly barnyardy and phenolic which is very nice here. Banana, lemon, clove and slight cinnamon come out, as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and nice.

This is a great summer beer that I could put away all night.

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Photo of Duster72
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle of #10. Pours a clear vibrant golden color with an aggressive head that dies off rather quickly. Decent lacing. Aroma is bready fruity and spicy. Taste is very interesting. Sweet breads, cloves, spices, and oranges all swirl together with belgian yeast and hints of sugars. High carbonation, pleasantly light mouthfeel. Perfect summer seasonal, surprised by the low scores on this one. Maybe I got a fresher bottle? Highly recommended.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is a great summer beer!

After I've spent half the summer drinking too many watered-down lagers and bogus lemon-y summer beers, this one really hit the spot. It pours a bright gold and is really bubbly, you can't wait to start quaffing it. Nice smell, and then the treat continues when it hits your mouth - very crisp, flavorful, but not too heavy for a hot summer day. Unlike most summer beers, this has a little more ABV kick to it, so you gotta watch yourself at the family BBQ with this one.

I'll definitely get some more bomber bottles for the dog days of August.

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Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow body with a small amount of bubbles gurgling to the top. White foamy head dissipates rather quickly, then settles to stay floating slightly above the glass, leaving some pocked and wet lacing near the middle of the glass.

Smell: This is one interesting and hard-to-put-your-finger-on aroma. I get some diacetyl, caramel, citrus, lemon grass, slight mustiness and earthiness (without the highly phenolic nature of a good Belgian), some sweet apples and cherries, some sourness, some pungent alcohol has it warms, and of course some malt, but nothing too sweet and not overpowering, letting the other complexities really come out.

Taste: The diacetyl and fruit characteristics really come out at the forefront, backed in the middle by some granny smith apple skin, mild phenols, and some "where the hell did those come from?" bittering hops at the end, surprisingly jarring yet not unwelcomed in the least. They're strong yes, but I like them, and I'm afraid this would remain maybe a tad too light and sweet without the hop backbone if that didn't happen. As it warms some malt complexity seems to come out too with some plum and raisins. How is a beer this light and this complex at the same time?

Mouthfeel: Crisp, fairly light, and extremely refreshing, almost like a Kristal Weizen in a way if that makes any sense. Also light without being watery and with or without too much carbonation.

Drinkability: This is really 7.7%? This stuff seems like it would be in the 5% to me, but definitely not near 8%. A wonderful surprise from Lagunitas, and at around 4-5$ a bottle, if you can find it you should definitely at least try it. I'm really impressed by this original and very tasty brew.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a medium gold color with one finger of head. Almost no lacing. The smell has lots of lemon and orange, with some peppery spices, very nice. The taste is also peppery, and slightly tart. A hint of hops keep balance in check. The mouthfeel is smooth on the tongue. The drinkability is great for a 7.7% brew. Props to clvand0 for this one.

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4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Bright Golden yellow color, light white head that rose 1/4 of an inch....sticky bubbly lace.

S- Belgian yeast(with some fruit esters), floral and grassy hops, and light malts...maybe some wheat malts.

T-Not big but prominent hops grassy and floral(overall mild and non-offensive). Slightly fruity with a hint of clove....possibly banana. Crisp and refreshing with a hint of alcohol.

M/D- Bubbly, refreshing and delicious.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought the 22 ounce bottle of this beer. No freshness data, but IBU and ABV clearly marked. I like the matte finish on their packaging...

Poured an attractive, clear yellow-copperish with a nice thick white head with good retention.

The overwhelming smell and flavor of this beer was Belgium candi sugar, lemon and light malts.

This was a very enjoyable Saison beer - very light and crisp with no alcohol peeping through - well designed.

I am a sucker for Lagunitas beers to begin and this is another beer in their fine line.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, this pup has been sitting in the back corner of the fridge for a while ( I need better RAM). My 22oz bottle says 5.9%abv. Light yellow color, clear, limited carbonation, decent lacing and ivory white head.

Yeast, earthy up front. Almost like I was digging in a sandbox earthy. Nice. Tasted spicey, with saucey malt tones and a medium dry finish....this is not a super bold beer by any stretch, light floral and easy drinking. Loved the smell....and this is another beer that my palate could learn to love but for now its above average for the style.

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Photo of Vancer
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow bubbly brew, head and lace will appear if aggressively poured.

Surprising Belgium yeast candy cane in the aroma, bubble gum and clove. This one’s reminding me more of a Belgium pale ale more than the label advertised “summer ale”.

Sweet, fruity and tangy in the quaff – like a summer hefe loaded with the Belgium yeast. Dry and crisp, this was an excellent beer to sit down with as the summer winds down.

Another fine Lagunitas offering.

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

Clear, yellow, short white head that quickly subsides to a few bubbles listing on the surface. The smell is peppery and spicy, and maybe a little floral. The taste is also spicy with some lemon zest for good measure, very nice. The carbonation is a little prickly on my tongue and I like it. This is an excellent beer for a hot summer’s day. The drinkability is really good on this one. This would be an awesome candidate for a sixer. This is an excellent saison in my opinion.

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Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of fdrich29
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sunset Grille in Brigton, MA 7/4/05.

Beautiful pour! Looking like a sweet little piece of Belgium in my glass. Floral and lemony smell and tastes of lemon and candy. A wonderful drinking experience and well worth a try. Now if I can only find this one in bottles...

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Photo of Troyone
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear some what light apple juice color with some carbonation and little or no head.

Has a nutty caramel malt aroma with a resin citrus hops smell.

A lightly sweet and acidic grainy toasted caramel malt taste with resin and citrus hops flavor.

A light to medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation, and a slight metallic finish.

Very drinkable saison.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok after careful analysis of the "blurb" on the label..this IS #9 renamed..#10 how original!!
Ok bought in a 22 oz brown bomber..with the Lagunitas mutt on label.
Poured into my imperial British pint mug this is good looking deep golden, slighly hazy beer..with a creamy white doesn't last long but there is good lacing.
Lovelly spicy aroma..backed by a doughy aroma..very fresh.
MM says "crispy summer ale" this to me is more smooth and thick than "crispy"..certainlly there is a spicy , zesty after taste which I suppose might be construed as "crisp"..but whatever this is a good tasting brew.
Very nice and distinctive on the palate.
Very drinkable summer ale..this is good stuff.

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Photo of dauss
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber with a big #10 on the label. It says its a crispy summer ale 7.7ABV, OG: 1.076, IBU: 29.50. I didn't even know it was a saison until I looked it up on BA just moments before I took my first sip.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber color. Very light with a medium bone white and fluffy head. Must have a lot of carbonation because small fine bubbles are just bubbling away.

Smell: Floral and spicy noble hops, has a very grainy malt nose, with a sweet finish. Very slight pheolic aroma.

Taste: A very clean saison. Not loaded with phenols and the other funky subtleties found in other saisons. Carbonation isn't as heavy as I thought it would be, almost tastes like it was poured out of a nitro-tap. The beer is very light. Hop bitterness begins the taste, a full bodied malt keeps it in check, loads of fruitiness, and a slight sour twang in the finish. Is this really 7.7%, because you can't tell from the taste.

Mouthfeel: amazingly light, but its not thin.

Notes: This thing is damn drinkable. I could drink this all day. I think this would be a great intro beer to saisons, but there's something missing in this saison.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is quite well carbonated which creates a frothy, rocky pale tan head. The beer is ever-so-lightly hazy and is a gold color with orange highlights. The aroma is a mixture of earthy spiciness and sharp tropical fruit. I get notes of earthy coriander, pear, ginger, pepper, lemon grass, really quite an interesting aroma to this beer. The taste is soft a smooth up front with a good note of vanilla and lemon. It is not as sharp as I was expecting, and the finish has a sweet grain note to it. There is a nice crisp bitterness to this beer as well, which offsets the fruity notes quite well.

This beer is quite light on the palate, which hides the alcohol that is in this beer. This beer is quite drinkable and refreshing, it has a zesty lemony note to it, and a bit of an apple cider thing going on. There is a nice herbal character here, almost grassy, as well as a nice melange of spicy notes going on. I get notes of ginger, clove, and pepper. This is a pretty nice beer, I really like the interesting mix of flavors that is happening in this beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Orfeu for the chance from SS '06 BIF.

Appearance: Crystal clear straw body, big white head on the pour fades very fast. Many bubbles rise from the bottom of the beer.

Smell: Fruity and clean, plenty yeasty. Nice.

Taste: Crisp and clean, nice pineapple and a little banana flavor. A little sharp alcohol in the backside. Definitely fit for summer, it is still nice to drink on a cold winter's night. Very nice.

Drinkability: Not as complex as many Belgian examples. Still, enjoyable, easy to drink, and a very nice glass of beer.

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Photo of idResponse
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had a few of these over the past month and I keep coming back. I really do enjoy them so much. Pop open the cap and smells that remind you of a nice Belgian Trappist style ale. So does the intial taste. But this beer becomes so sweet in the end. It's this perfect mixture of bittersweet yeast taste that makes you want to keep it going down the gullet. The appearance isn't impressive, no sediment to be mentioned but that's usually the case with most lagunitas brews. I absolutely can't help but recommend trying to taste this beer. The mouthfeel is a bit flat and nothing too impressive, but this is definately a brew that has the drinkability of a million ages. Give it a shot if you can find it and help keep lagunitas on the map!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear golden yellow body with a yellowish-white head and a strong carbonation.

S- This beer has a light perfume dry roasted corn and grain note with a light smell of bitter hops.

T- The pale malt has a slight sweetness with a faint bready bubblegum note. The finish is a nice soft bitter hop with flavors of grass that is enhanced by a dry finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture in the finish.

D- It does have qualities of Belgian Wit yeast and dryness from APAs all blended into a good solid beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review Aug 12 2005 (#9):
I found this to be a very likable, clean, refreshing seasonal.

Yellow/pale amber in color with a moderate head. Slight citrusy smell.

Mildly fruity & light spice; I really like saisons so this beer is quite enjoyable for me. Could drink plenty more of this one!

Second review June 9 2006 (#10):
Served fairly warm (55-60F), from bomber into pint glass
A: Clear deep golden color, massive white head (3 fingers at least), plenty of carbonation
S: Cloves, malt, hop backbone - just as I remember from last summer!
T: More tang, hop and citrus zest than I recall, I like it slightly less than before (previously gave it a 5, now 4.5)...still a wonderful summer seasonal, flavorful & well-balanced
M: The carbonation is a little much, hops linger but mostly a clean crisp beer. Previosly noted spices linger too...
D: Wish this were lower in ABV, would love it as a session beer. As is could probably drink two bombers easily, so i guess that means I like it alot.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden, light amber color and rather bubbly with a decent-sized, rocky head. Good retention.

Aroma is sweet, tangy, and fruity with some spiciness.

Taste is also sweet and tangy, with a touch of cloves, spice and fruitiness followed by a subtle hopiness in the finish.

Rather light-bodied, a touch dry, very drinkable and refreshing. Almost feels "crispy" as it calls itself a "Crispy Summer Ale".

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Photo of RootedFool
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle -- purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California -- into a Maudite goblet. Body is translucent honey/light orange, with a firm off-white head that rises three quarter inches and leaves a gauzy collar of lace on the glass.

A solid underbelly of Belgian yeast open on the nose, followed by a pinch of citrus (lemons, grapefruit), and closes on a subtle nudge of glazed donut sweetness.

Taste opens with a slow punch of earthy yeast on the back of my palate. A tempered bolt of hop bitterness expands throughout my mouth and becomes citrusy along the edges. Slightly puckering. A buttery malt sweetness encloses. Aftertaste is pleasantly dry, refreshing, with lingering notes of chewy yeast.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, with middling carbonation.

Give it a try -- I loved it.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a slightly golden yellow color with a ring of head and a hint of the slight carbonation. The nose had tones of oranges and lemons, with notes of wet grain/hay. Smells nice. The flavor was interesting. There were tones of honey drizzled grains, with a touch of orange and a nice mellow bitter finish. The feel was moderate, just about the right thickness for this beer. Overall, the drinkability was good for this beer. Not my favorite style, but I enjoyed the beer.

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Lagunitas #10 (aka #9) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 133 ratings