Modern Times Beer

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,523
Ranked #27,827
3.8 | pDev: 10%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: Lomaland is an earthy, rustic Belgian-style farmhouse ale that's both complex and quaffable. It smells like hay, pepper, and friendly sunshine. Its dry, cracker-like body and lightly-hoppy finish makes it a beautiful compliment to food. We named Lomaland after the brilliantly crazy utopian community that was the first settlement built in Point Loma, the San Diego neighborhood where our fermentorium is located.
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Spike from England

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

US pint can.
L: Golden yellow with a light haze and many streams of bubbles. The thick, foamy, white head is beautiful but short-lived.
S: Dry hay with a little spice in the background.
T: Lemon zest, barley sugar, white pepper, Belgian yeast. Low sourness, some bitterness.
F: Light & refreshing. Long, clean & dry finish. Solid carbonation.
O: A fabulous, clean, easy-drinking saison, favouring lemony hops over funk. That said, the dusty, yeasty, dryness lasts & lasts. Perfect Sunday afternoon, summertime refreshment.

Aug 25, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. This beer came out quickly, resulting in a golden color with about 3 inches of head. Smell is funky, hay, lemons. Taste is lemons up front, yeast and black pepper in the background. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Jun 21, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Given all of my success during New CANned Modern Twin Peak Evil Times Beer Sunday (Week 744), I have now switched to What Beer Are You Drinking Now (WBAYDN) #2,410! I have relocated to CAN Diego, CA! The CANQuest (tm) is getting a good workout.

From the CAN: "Bright * Rustic Saison"; "2.5 SRM/Straw 30 IBU 1.006 Final Gravity "; "CZECH SAAZ [-] Hops[,] PILSNER MALT • FLAKED WHEAT •FLAKED CORN • TWO ROW [-] Malts"; "Lomaland is an earthy, rustic Belgian-style farmhouse ale that's both complex and quaffable. It smells like hay, pepper, and friendly sunshine. Its dry, cracker-like body and lightly-hoppy finish makes it a beautiful compliment to food. We named Lomaland after the brilliantly crazy utopian community that was the first settlement built in Point Loma, the San Diego neighborhood where our fermentorium is located."

I wanted to ensure that any flocculate was back in suspension so I did some mild in-CAN agitation before Crack!ing open the vent. This worked ,,, a little too well since upon CANducting the Crack!, it hissed like it was under an N2 charge! Even the gentlest C-Line Glug caused a massive uprushing of foam to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. It sat like meringue atop the beer! Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4- 5). Nose was more peppery than hay, but I definitely got both. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste had a pronounced Belgian yeast mustiness, like old newspapers from the attic, along with the aforementioned pepper & hay. Nice. Finish was dry & refreshing. Perfect for a mid-Spring holiday!

May 27, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had Lomaland poured from pint can, gift from my brother, into tulip.

This beer is alternately sophisticated and raw, beautiful to the eye, subtle in the nose, and complex and flavorful before a bracing hoppy finish.

Feb 27, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a brilliantly clear straw gold with a medium creamy fizzy head and no lacing on the glass, a very nice looking beer.

S: Notes of hay, bread dough, lemon, some pepper, strong Belgian yeast, some earthiness, a very nice aroma.

T: Hay, doughy, strong Belgian yeast, some clove and pepper. Very nice saison.

F: Some prickly carbonation medium body.

O: A very enjoyable saison.

Oct 17, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I feel terrible that I ripped through two four packs and never actually gave this a review. When I get more i'll update this but between this and Prairie Standard I have two of my absolute favorite Saison/Farmhouse ales in a 4 pack. Tons of great flavor, holds up well with age, and just incredible overall. Highly recommended.

Sep 18, 2018
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erk0607 from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Golden yellow with a white head that is quite soft, lingers nicely - yeast haze
Smell: Yeasty, saison funk, lemon, grass, hay, bread
Taste: Much like the smell, but a bit more on the funk and bubble gum side, some hoppy bitterness
Feel: Refreshingly crisp, some energetic carbonation, tart
Overall: Decent summer beer to have after mowing the yard or applying concrete sealant all afternoon in the sun

Sep 16, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with massive fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Lemongrass and citrus. Slightly floral.

T/F: Crackery grains and malts. Strong lemon/citrus flavor... pepper and mild spice. Mild yeast esters. Floral and a bit funky... earthy. Light bodied... a little thin. Well carbonated. The finish is more citrus.

O: A solid citrus-forward Saison. Easy drinking... great for warm weather. Not my favorite Modern Times beer but a solid brew.

Aug 05, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Light yellow in color with a mild haze. Forms a big fluffy white head, and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Pilsner malts, yeasty, and some cooked corn. Some mild lemony citric quality and a bit of wheat graininess.

T: Pilsner malts and lemon citrus, coriander and wheat. Still a slight corn flavor, though less than I got on the nose. Some hop bitterness near the end. Some saison yeastiness but minimal black peppery character.

M: A light body, with a low alcohol presence and good carbonation sensation.

O: Not an overall offensive beer, but this isn't a very good saison. Almost more of a Belgian pale ale brewed with saison yeast or something. Minimal farmhouse character or funk, almost no black pepper, and the yeast doesn’t play enough of a role. Perhaps a canned craft beer to give to your Bud Light friends.

Jun 24, 2018
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hopalongcassidy2 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If you're a hophead thinking about getting into saisons this Spring, this beer would not be a bad place to start. It has a lot of true to style saison characteristics (wine-type aromas/yeast/slightly sour/funky) , but also has a generous dose of hops. Personally, I'm not doing hops right now, so the 30 IBUs of hops was more than I really wanted, but for an IPA fan, it will probably be appreciated. Overall this beer met its stated goals, and was well-made.

May 18, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light golden yellow in color with just the slightest haze. Poured with a moderate, soapy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Tart fruit, sweet under-ripe banana and wheat malt aromas with a hint of pepper at the end. Medium light bodied with acidic medium high carbonation. Tart fruit flavors up front followed by sweet banana esters and bready malt. Tartness and acidic carbonation through the middle to the end. Finished with tapering tartness, wheat bread, light banana and peppery esters, and light earthy hop notes. A pretty straight forward saison. Esters were a bit subdued and the feel was similar to an adjunct lager. Balance leaned toward the malty backbone. Easy drinking and pretty tasty.

May 03, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appropriately pale gold, fluffy head. Aroma has some light citrus zest, cracked pepper, hay but with a very faint soapy industrial vein that detracts a little . Taste is good but not mind-blowing - the rustic yeast could be more robust, malt is wheat cracker, a little greasier on the tongue then I like for a saison, needs to be crisper.

Mar 26, 2018
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michiganmatt from California

4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow, with gushing pure white head. Ample visible carbonation rising up the beer. It looks amazingly fresh and delicious.

S: A nice rustic barnyard funk. Smells of bread, grass, and must with hints of spice.

T: A very delicious saison. Subtle and balanced. Not overly spicy or funky but not too weak in flavor either. Don't quite know how to describe the specifics of the flavor. No particular words come to mind.

F: Medium body. Slightly above average carbonation level.

Feb 22, 2018
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Samlover55 from New York

3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pint can into Ommegang fluted stem glass
canned on 8/26/17
L- pours a clear straw with a quickly receding huge white head
S- predominantly wheat from the flaked wheat in the malt bill (as stated on the can)
T- crackery malt, some funkyness, that goes down in a peppery finish
F- highly carbonated and light bodied
Overall I don't like the addition of wheat as it throws the beer off kilter

Dec 24, 2017
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Using a carefully controlled pour, the lightly hazy bright golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass completely filling the rest of the glass with a 1 1/2" fluffy snow white head that could easily have foamed over the sides of the glass with a more vigrorous pour. The head slowly recedes leaving a sheet of foam on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small and medium speckles on the side of the glass.

The aromas are full of Belgian yeast with some lemony citrus and a touch of white pepper. There's also a bit of cracker like character from the malt.

As expected from the nose the flavors include a bit of lemony citrus, some white pepper. There's also a bit of sweetness and crackery malt character supporting the rest of the flavors.. The bitterness from the hops is way in the background and quite low. There's also a touch of earthy character from the hops in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and has a clean slightly crisp feel from the persistent moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the crackery sweetness recedes, allowing the spicy citric character to then slowly fade as turns into a light, earthy bitterness that closes the semi-dry show.

Overall this is a well made, nicely complex saison that I'd be willing to have again. The various flavor components are noticeably there but none dominates at the expense of the others. That said it isn't going to replace Hennepin, Tank 7, Sofie or Saison Dupont on my shopping list.

Nov 10, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a white head. Smells of hay, yeast, and spices. Tastes of Belgian yeast, coriander, orange zest, hops, and grass. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall a very tasty Saison.

Oct 05, 2017
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad saison. Fairly light and drinkable but not overly interesting.

Very bright and straw colored. Good size head that subsides quickly but minimal lacing

Smell is pretty earthy which is not. Matched by the taste which is much fresher and wheaty.

Sep 25, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had the Modern Times Lomaland Saison at the Lazy Dog restaurant in Cupertino.I thought it was like a mix of a Witbier and a Saison. It is a tasty yet refreshing beer. My wife and my daughter also liked it. Some may think it is a little bit too much of "Modern Times", but it was perfect with my dinner (Kung Pao chicken). I think it should be crowd pleaser as well as something craft beer enthusiasts would like.

Look: semi-clear golden yellow, thin white head

Aroma: wheat crackers, mild funk, a little bit of pepper

Taste: Wheat crackers, banana, pear, tart lemon, followed by a hoppiness not typical for Witbier as well as pepper.

Feel: light to medium body

Sep 21, 2017
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flagmantho from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tall can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a dash of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam; it looks to me rather like a witbier. I like it.

Smell: malty and grainy, with a not-insignificant amount of funk. The character isn't rich, but it seems decent enough.

Taste: sweeter than the aroma, with a good, almost wheaty character to it. It's like somewhere between a witbier and a saison, with a hint of pear-like Belgian pale ale character thrown in. It works for me!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a fluffy, delightful creaminess.

Overall: I really rather like this beer. It's somewhere near the triple point of saison, witbier and Belgian pale, and it's refreshing and interesting.

Sep 04, 2017
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safaricook from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tastes like I well crafted classic Saison. no brett or dry-hopping or other extravagancas. just good old Saison yeast character. Also low alcohol. Would buy this as a standard if it would be easily available in this country

Aug 19, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. 6/22/17 can date. Appearance: Pale straw yellow, clear, with a light white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Decent lacing. Aroma: Black pepper, citrus peel, and fruity Belgian yeast esters of pear and green apple. Touch of light cracker maltiness Taste: Light cracker malt sweetness, with citrus peel and sweat pear that builds into a sharp, dry aggressive bitterness for the style. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a high carbonation Finish: Very dry with sharp lingering bitterness. Wonderful pear esters show up retronasally to counter the bitterness Overall: Very nice rustic saison, with a light cracker maltiness that allows the yeast to shine. More pear and banana esters, with only a touch of black pepper, and a surprisingly aggressive bitterness for the style that finishes with a bang. Extremely dry finish, with the fruity esters and strong bitterness, make this a great saison for food

Aug 05, 2017
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow with a massive foamy white head. Head falls in a reasonable amount of time to a quarter inch or so, persists.

The smell is subdued, but pretty Belgian. Grassy hay, crackery malt, mild funk, earthiness, pepper all come through on the nose.

The flavors follow, but this is a pretty restrained farmhouse. Follows right with the nos, but a touch f sweetness to balance the beer.

The beer is light, drinkable, and there is a nice peppry bite that grows a bit. Might be just a little thin.

Overall, a good beer that is easy to drink. Pretty tame for the style, but a good one to try.

Jul 29, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16-ounce can into a tulip. Very hazy darkish yellow color, with a two-finger white head that settled rather rapidly. Aromas and flavors as expected of the style. Light crackery malt, yeast funk, banana, a little spice, and earthy herbal notes are present on the nose and palate. Great depth of flavor, more full-bodied than most saisons I've tried. Good carbonation that persists. The alcohol is surprisingly prominent on the finish, as is some spicy bitterness. Overall, well executed and a very enjoyable beer.

Jun 25, 2017
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The_Beergery from Singapore

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can. Seems highly carbonated, hence pours out a huge head of white froth on top of a slightly hazy golden hued brew. Froth does not persist, and while the fizz is retained in the brew for quite a while, swirling fails to reinvigorate the froth. Overall, it feels like the carbonation distracts too much from the other qualities of this brew. Aromas are dominated by yeasty, earthy flavours, think of bread, sourdough, biscuits. Taste is a mix of light sweetness and sourness, very much barnyard earthy.

May 25, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can design must be re-done. Otherwise nice looking brew, these guys are belgian & IPA experts.

A) beer pours a hazy, golden straw color, with big, puffy, rocky, chunky off-white head, which leaves lots of webby lace.

S) smells of Sun-baked hay, dry grass, black peppercorns, yeast, crackers, and earthy, leafy, grassy hops.
T) The taste starts and ends pleasantly peppery - and offers pale malt, wheat crackers, funky yeast, and grassy hops.
F) Aspiriny and atringent, chalky, I had to upgrade as a drew down the glass for its smooth, off-dry, lingering spicy finish.

Complex, great food beer, better than their Gose.

May 04, 2017
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