LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Lemon Pepper SaisonLongShot Lemon Pepper Saison

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by smcolw on 04-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of beagle75
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: A mixture of esters, crisp phenolics, and Belgian aromatic malt.

T: Begins dry, with strong esters and bready malt. Acidity is restrained into the middle where malt becomes more crisp and crackery. Herbaceous hops emerge in the finish with a thread of savory cooking spices--notably cumin.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: A fairly straight-forward saison, whose dry flavor is undermined somewhat by the syrupy texture. Advertised flavors are well-integrated, practically hidden, although other herbal and metabolite flavors fall within appropriate bounds.

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Photo of fo5s
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pourded into a tumbler during my fantasy football draft. Bought the bottle last year and have been holding it since.

A- crispy head, golden brown

S- grainy, a touch of spice...not a ton going on here.

T- a touch of lemon and spice. Limited funkiness. Refreshing, but a touch muted.

M- crispy at first but softens up quickly. Reminiscent of a cider.

O- Overall not a bad beer, but unremarkable and lacks a lot of the key characteristics of a saison. This was a fine inclusion in the longshot sixer, but not something I'd seek out more of.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a hazed golden with apricot hues. A full two fingers of flat white foam fills up the pint glass. A good-looking high water ring of lace all around.

Aroma - a mild saison-esque yeast fragrance with some even milder lemon in support.

Taste - a flavorful saison, robust grain and spices. The Belgian yeast is a little understated, minimizing any funk or wildness. A bit pilsery, the spices and lemon meld well with the malts and yeast. Late vanilla notes on the aftertaste, and developing lemon as it warms. What a complex and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel - lots of carbonation, very refreshing. Slightly slick on the palate, goes down easily.

Drinkability - one of the best Longshot beers I can remember. Perhaps my best saison experience. Excellent brew, Jeremy.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken 10/2/10

Appearance: Nice-looking gold/yellow color with a white head and some white lacing

Smell: A little funky, but mostly just smells kind of like a bland ale with some spices thrown in - lemon is obvious, clove seems to stand out more than the pepper - doesn't really smell like a saison to me

Taste: First off, I should note that I contemplated cooking with this beer instead of drinking it - seriously, a lemon pepper beer? I was not excited - but it turned out better than I expected - citrusy, tart - spices and the black pepper are very subtle - there is some kind of funky/phenolic flavor going on, too - malts are subtle and dry - not at all what I expected, but still nothing to write home about

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, but adequately carbonated

Overall: Not really good, but not as bad as I expected

In some ways I feel like I should give this beer a second chance. I had poor expectations before I even opened the bottle, and I know that my review is clouded as a result. Regardless, this was a one-time release, so may it rest in peace in my notebook...

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently found this review written in an old notebook. Must have forgotten to add it.

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Slightly cloudy golden color. Big creamy looking white head. Decent retention, tiny bubbled lacing.

S: Slightly chalky and funky Belgian yeast. Banana and pear esters. Grassy hops and a lemony citrus zest. Light cloves. biscuity malt. Spicy white pepper.

T: Hit of banana and clove. Funky Belgian yeast adds a wet animal fur taste, or what some refer to as "barnyard funk." This is pretty tame and inoffensive though. Biscuity malt, pear and green apple esters. Hops are subdued, but a brief flash of herbal European hops hits just before the finish. Finishes dry with some chalky yeast. Lemon pepper comes late in the finish.

M: Light in body with effervescent carbonation.

O: Good. A decent drink for sure.

Notes: Could use some more hops, but otherwise very good. Decently complex and easy to drink. I was expecting the lemon pepper to have more of an impact, but I like it where it is in the finish.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was a little odd to me. I guesss I wasn't feeling the pepper mixed with lemon. I felt that the spicy citrus was too much of a contrast and didn't really flow well together. The saison it self would have been fine as it was. I respect the idea of making something new. I just think that it was the proper choice.

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Photo of harrymel
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a buttery gold with a single finger of loose head which dissipates quickly. Solid sheet of good, fine off white foam. Evident carbonation from the ribbons. Excellent clarity.

S: The lemon pepper has actually started to come out more than I had anticipated. The beer six months ago was good, relatively balanced. The peppercorn has started to dominate a bit. Butter in the background. Creamy yeast nose.

T: Yeast is out there. Quite fine. Pepper doesn't dominate as much here. A little too much grain left here. somewhat bland as a saison.

M: Medium light body with low carb for the style. Dry. Not good.

D: Meh, okay once. Glad I had one still to review.

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Photo of warnerry
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from last summer.

Pours a clear golden brown with two fingers of quickly dissipating head. Some moderate sticky lacing.

Smell is crisp lemon and malt with a slight amount of bubblegum.

Taste is bubble gum first, followed by the lemon, with a slight spice on the aftertaste.

Bright, light mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

This is pretty enjoyable, though I probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of sauron681
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a off golden color with a nice creamy head and great lacing that lasted the entire session.
Aroma of spices and citrus notes. Very clean tasting and clear. Starts sweet and finishes tart, but not sour. And not overwhelming at all.
Good fizzy carbonation the whole glass as well. Medium mouthfeel.l

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 04/22/2010:

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a tulip.

A: The pour looks like piss but with less carbonation: neon-yellow piss color with no head at all.

S: Lemon, yeast, banana, and a pungent pepper smell.

T: Very floral with lemon and tons of pepper on the back end.

M: The body is rather thin with a watery feel and relatively low carbonation.

D: This isn't bad but a thicker body and stronger flavors would've made it more enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head that looks somewhat smooth turning into a more of a fluffy creamy one. Looks really bubbly. Yellow color body. The head is the main attraction here. Doesn't look like it's going anywhere.

In the bottle I smelled a lot of pepper and spice. While in the pint glass, I smell some fruits and spice. Smells very interesting. I don't know if it's going to be a good thing or not.

Mostly mellow spice in this one. Not strong but present enough to know it's there. It reminds me of a Pumpkin Ale I have tried, which I didn't like but this tastes a lot better, maybe it's because it doesn't have pumpkin in it. It's nice and settle in a good way, nothing overpowering. Some citrus notes but like I mentioned, nothing crazy.

Body is smooth. Not remotely heavy at all. Feels good.

I could have another one and I wouldn't mind it. It's quite refreshing despite the 6.4% ABV which isn't noticeable AT ALL!

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of tart malt, yeast, spice (ginger?), hops, slight citrus, and hint of sweet malt. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of tart malt, slight hops, citrus, spice, and hint of floral. Overall, the pepper is very hard to discern, good aroma and blend.

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Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with a mountain of white foam that slowly fades out into a fluffy cap of soapiness. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy bread, demerara sugar, pepper, lemony zest, and herbal spice.
Taste is of the aromas with standout Belgian, earthy yeast with some citrus and herbal notes pulling to the forefront.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly sugary, and peppery in the finish

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sweemzander for tossing this beer my way. Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A: Lightly cloudy golden yellow. Two fingers of white head. Sticky lace solid retention. Small cap.

S: Yeasty with tart lemons and just hint of white pepper. Hint of sweet tarts candy.

T: The white pepper is much more pronounced in the flavor. Yeasty and tart lemons round things out.

M: Medium to light body. Light carbonation.

D: Overall a bit too peppery for my taste. Not bad though.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clear golden-orange color with a nice finger of white head. The head had good retention and leaves a nice lacing circle all the way through.

S - Very sweet aroma, with some nice lemon peel and other fruit elements. There is also some nice yeast smell with a touch of pepper.

T - Very nice sweet lemon flavors start off the beer. This is joined by the nice smooth pale malt flavor and some yeast flavor. These elements stay very well balanced. At the end, there is a bit of pepper that stays around a bit after the finish.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with just enough carbonation. The beer feels really nice and smooth throughout and the mouthfeel at the finish, which is very crisp and just a tad dry from the pepper taste, is really nice.

D - Very drinkable beer. The flavors are fairly complex but very well balanced. The beer overall is super smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and some Belgian yeast. Then some flavors of lemon and spices come in, although I'm not tasting the "pepper" side too much. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are better within the style but it's still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with little head.

S: Lots of lemon in the smell along with some yeast and cloves.

T: Starts with some light malts and cloves before giving off some lemon flavor. Finish is a bit tart with hints of honey with some spiciness from the pepper.

M: Medium, moderate carbonation.

D: Medium to high. Only issue is that I'm not sure how enjoyable the pepper flavor would be after a few.

This would be a solid beer for the summer. It is heavy on lemon flavor and has a light enough body to be refreshing. The pepper definitely gives a unique flavor.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a deep golden yellow with a massive four finger fluffy pure white head that subsided to a one finger upon sitting. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was of bready malt, lemon pepper, and saison spices. The flavor was of bready malt, slight lemon pepper, sweet malt, hops, and very low amount of saison spices. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mild carbonation. Overall as a saison for my particular palate this one wasn't bad. Was it great? No. But still not great. There were none of the palate intrusive flavors that I dislike in saisons and the flavor was actually quite nicely balanced. The aroma was decent on this one, but nothing to wow you. Went down extrememly smooth. Will I remember this one a few months down the road? Probably not... But I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Consumed 11/12 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a clear straw yellow with a two finger of sudsy, fluffy pristine white head. Head retention is nice and leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is pepper, yeast, lemon citrus, and clove.

T: Taste starts with a burst of lemon and pepper. Yup - I see how it got its name. The further in to the beer you get, the more yeast and pale malt flavoring can be picked up after the initial burst. Minor notes of clove and coriander.

M: Lighter bodied, high carbonation, nice crisp prickly feel.

D: Goes down easily, mild kick, not too filling, nice representation of style. Although the initial burst of lemon and pepper is a bit jolting, this is a really nice complex beer, worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Part of the LongShot Homebrew Contest, this is the winning employee entry, brewed by Jeremy White, who works in Boston Beer Company's IT department. His Saison joins an Old Ale and Barleywine in the 2010 Samuel Adams LongShot variety six-pack, which is available nationally this April for a limited time.

We had the honor to be on the final judging panel and obvi- ously enjoyed the beer then, but let's see how it tastes when you take a homebrew and scale it up to a production batch.

Pale yellow in color, touch of haze and surprisingly unfil- tered; unusual for the style. Nice whipped egg-white head that retains well, too. Spicy, herbal, yeasty and a bit doughy, with, you guessed it, distinct and well-balanced notes of lemon peel and pepper in the aroma. Carbonation has some zip to it and enhances the proceeding flavors of lemon oil and rind. Doesn't pucker, but rather dries with gentle citric notes. Bready malts beneath, with a faint touch of toast and honey; just enough sweetness. Banana? Yes, slightly green. Pepper notes are definitely detectable through- out the brew, providing a layer of unique spiciness. Floral. Dry. Grain. Powdery. Pepper lingers on.

Complex? It is. Easy drinking? That too. We love when those two meet. Our only criticism is that it's not bottle conditioned, but that aside from that, this is a very tasty Saison.

Think you have what it takes to join next year's Long- Shot six-pack? Head over to samueladams.com this April for details on the next contest.

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Photo of gpogo
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear light golden body with lots of bubbles. White head that dissipated to a foamy covering with white ring.

A- Belgiany yeast aroma, very fruity, citrusy. A spicy hint.

T- Lemony light malt taste with a spicy finishing note and a bit of alcohol taste.

M- Medium-light body with moderate-high carbonation.

D- I found this beer to be rather refreshing.

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Photo of PurpleCloud
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pretty golden color with a light but persistent white head.

S: Similar to a Belgian ale, sweet with extremely faint hints of lemon.

T: Slight lemon taste at the forefront and a definite, but light, pepper aftertaste. It has bits of other citrus too, but I can't quite tell what they are.

M: Very smooth and pleasant. One of the finer points of this brew.

D: Not dry, so again, it's smooth going down.

Overall: Provided to me by the incomparable Wisrarebeer. I'll admit, this was my first saison, and I was nervous given the lemon pepper seal (that's usually a flavor reserved for chicken!). I was pleasantly surprised by the taste and especially the light pepper aftertaste. It's not a beer you can drink all night, but it is a beer you can appreciate. There are a number of subtleties in the taste which are very impressive. Namely, the way the pepper just scratches the surface of your palate. I'd definitely recommend this one to friend's for it's shear uniqueness. It's certainly a good introduction to the saison world!

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Photo of Duff27
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Mid to darker golden color. Giant head in the tulip. Effervescence is lacking some compared to other saisons I have had. Decent head retention/good lacing.

S- Smells of lemon zest and perhaps other assorted citrus fruits.

T- Lemons and a bit of spice. Really lacking in the flavor department but it is refreshing if nothing else.

M- A bit on the watery side, not much carbonation on the tongue.

D/O- Overall, not a bad beer by any means but in a world where there are some terrific saisons out there, this one is lacking a bit. Glad to have tried it though and congrats to SA employee Jeremy White.

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Photo of chaz01
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian fishbowl glass.

A: Golden yellow color, just a little hazy, with a creamy white head that looks like a layer of milk.

S: Somewhat lemony citrusy aroma with a hint of butterscotch.

T: Picking up mostly hay and straw flavors, more of an earthy, grassy taste and I only pick up a little of the zesty lemony flavors with a touch of pepper that lingers on in the aftertaste. There is a nice lightly sweet vanilla taste that makes this beer interesting.

M: Lite bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Easy to drink, light and refreshing. Would pair nicely with a sauteed sole or fish dinner.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison appears bright golden color with a little bit of haze. The head is white and has averagae retention.

Its aroma is very complex with bright lemons upfront followed by typcial saison twang. There is a little bit of pepper, but it does not stand out.

It is extremely light if not flavorless starting off. On the mid palate the flavors of lemon juice, with twangy yeast and pepper (from grains of paradise). The finish is also very light, but has a lemon zest taste.

The body is light to medium, with a light carbonation.

LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison is very sessionable, giving a lot of the typical saison flavors with an unusual lemon/pepper twist.

Overall, this beer leaves a little bit to be desired from a flavor profile. It has a lot going on but it only last for a very short time. At the smae time it is one of the most drinkable saisons I have ever had and could easily drink a couple.

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