Lomaland | Modern Times Beer

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3.77 w/ 564 ratings

Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mactrail on 08-11-2013

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of TH28
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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

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Photo of Danielr26
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeRose
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derdtheterd
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CPAles
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcotom
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of bryantan
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebooyakid
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beergery
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can - nice, my parents went on their first date, or something, in Point Loma, all those years ago.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some stellar broken webbed lace around the glass as it eventually subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, cracked black peppercorns, pink bubblegum, a slightly phenolic yeastiness, and some gentle earthy, leafy, and dead grassy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, wheat crackers, estery and mildly funky yeast, more chewed-out Hubba Bubba, a hint of dried banana chips, muddled pepper mill output, and a further leafy, weedy, and grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-lifting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, with both the yeast and hops taking a not so minor tithe here. It finishes off-dry, the sturdy base malt swatting away at the lingering spice, hops, and yeast.

Overall, this is one interesting example of the style - it seems to have a veritable kitchen sink's worth of stuff going on, but nothing really dominates, rather it all works together nicely. Lots of enjoyable and drinkable flavours abounding - yeasty, funky, hoppy, spicy, and malty, all.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow color, thin white head. Funky grassy lemon aroma. Taste matches, with an overall earthy character. Bit of spice on the lingering finish, it seems. A delightful rustic saison.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Craft Beer Hop Stop 1-19-17 for $2.49. Canned sometime in 2016 (bad stamp).

Beer poured pale gold with a nice white head on the initial pour.

Nose is nice with the phenols yielding a touch of the barnyard.

Taste is a touch of light fruits, a hint of funk, and a nice mild prickly hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light and lively as it dances nicely across the palate with each sip.

Overall this is an awesome warm weather brew, very refreshing after spending some time in low 90 degrees weather. Would recommend for pool/backyard session drinking!

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy hay/straw colores beer with a fizzy white head that sticks and leaves a great lacing on the glass
S @ big hay, banana, straw, barnyard, funk, little bit of lemon/citrus in there as well
T # very similar to the nose. Hay, straw, barnyard, banana, clove, slight lemon flavor again.
M $ light mouthfeel, carbonation appropriate for the style, alcohol covered, aftertaste is funky barnyard
O & this is a standard saison. Very good. Not mind blowing.

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Photo of StephenCollinsMarshall
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corson
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Lomaland from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 68.6% out of 100 with 564 ratings
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