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

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LongShot Lemon Pepper SaisonLongShot Lemon Pepper Saison
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LongShot Lemon Pepper SaisonLongShot Lemon Pepper Saison

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by smcolw on 04-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by soju6:
Photo of soju6
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a light head that fades quickly and decent carbonation. The smell is grassy with citrus. The taste starts slightly lemony, then to slight spice tingle and finishes dry. The feel is light, almost watery. I was hoping for a bit more crispness. Nice beer, is smooth and goes down easy. Nothing exciting, but good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second in the series of the Longshot beers for me to try.Poured into a stemmed glass a clear medium golden with a fluffy,sticky one finger white head,a real nice pour.Phenols and more phenols in the nose,clovey and spiced,not much lemon and or pepper.Flavors are yeast accented with some clove and candied ginger,light lemon pith comes thru but its pretty light,I do notice some pepper spice in the finish.Its decent,not my cup o tea but a good stab from a kick ass homebrewer.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's filtered, which to me is the demise of almost any, if not all, Saison. Looks typical, orange-gold.

The Belgian yeast jumps out right away, but not a good, dirty, yeast, more of a cleaned up version. Some fruity banana, lemon zest esters are available, definitely spicy.

The flavor is zesty and spicy with vanilla and banana. Alcohol pokes its head in the door late. Nice, even carbonation. It's too clean for its own good though. Maybe a good intro saison, not the worst example I've had. Though, I wasn't excited about finishing it.

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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 lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The first of the six pack. In my Sam Adams pint glass, the beer was a gold color with a medium-sized white head with a bit of lace. As the label said, an aroma of citrus and pepper. A bit of malt. Taste of lemon and pepper, malt background. What detracted from this beer was a sharp, metallic mouthfee. It was also on the heavy side. Still, it was an enjoyable beer.

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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 40451
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of generallee
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has a freshness date of the month and year notched on the label. The abv is also listed on the label at 6.4% and the back label has a short description of the beer.

Appearance: The body has a very bright golden yellow color with brilliant clarity and some visible carbonation. From the pour it makes a small white head which quickly vanishes, leaving only a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a film island of foam floating in the middle of the glass.

Smell: There are good sweet lemon candy notes in the nose with yeast and light spices like coriander and white or green peppercorns.

Taste/Palate: The base has a light, white bready maltiness with solid sweet lemon zest notes. Estery yeast rounds out the middle and there is a suggestion of coriander light peppery spice towards the finish which is dry and has lingering mild spice notes. The body and texture are light and there is plenty of carbonation.

Notes: Overall this one was just so-so for me. I would have like a touch of hops and a better more retentive head.

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

12 ounce bottle, that came in a sixer that included 2 other Longshot brews from S.A. Best before dating notched onto the side of the label. Pours clear, medium golden, the head is of moderate height, dark eggshell , leaving a thick film, collar and respectable lighter stringy lacing. I pick up Belgian kinda yeast notes on the nose, along with some ginger, lemon and herbs. Tasty brew, dull citric lemon, more ginger, moderate pepper. Respectable saison. Worth a try.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a large white head. The aroma is very inviting. I get a lot of oranges and lemons, as well as some yeast and pepper notes. The flavor is more of the same. There is a ton of citrus in the flavor as well as some biscuit malt. The yeast is definitely Belgian in origin and adds some nice character, that is almost a little bit funky. The pepper makes the beer fairly spicy. Very dry. Medium mouthfeel and a high, prickly carbonation. A very nice saison.

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Photo of bsp77
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with thin very white head and some lacing.

Smell: Very mild aroma of lemon, pepper, banana and cloves.

Taste: Fruity upfront with lemon, banana and fleshy fruit countered by hay and cloves. Turns pretty peppery and slightly bitter toward the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium-light body. The finish seems like it should be dry, but the sweetness carries through too much. It appears that they were hoping the pepper would make it dry, which was only semi-successful.

Drinkability: Fairly refreshing, but seems almost more like a sweet Pilsner with some Belgian yeasts. Decent, but misses the mark.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a slight hazy wheaty golden color with a small white head and some nice light lacing. Nose is fresh, and wheaty with a bit of pepper but it's subtle.

Taste is pretty damn tame. Not much lemon, not much pepper but there is a light peppery bite on the finish that's nice. I wish this was more like Sgt. Pepper from CBC. Mouthfeel is fairly full and there's good carbonation.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from LongShot six pack. Best before Sept '10.

Pours a golden and transparent color. Minimal head with lots of carb that leave scarce lacing. Where's the head?

Smells similar to a hefeweizen. Yeast notes prominant with a touch of fruit.

Tastes like the most pepper forward beer I've had yet. Instant thrust of black pepper with a sweet and slightly sour lemon. Belgian Ale notes in the background.

A little chewy on the mouthfeel, finishes on the dry side like a proper saison.

This is interesting. If the pepper was tamed and the Belgian fruits were more pronounced, I'd love this beer. I feel like the original recipe was tweaked. This is close to a sipper and I feel it would be great on a hot day with some hot dogs and corn on the cob. Not my preferred saison, though.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a new belgium glass golden yellow with a two finger white head. Good head retention and decent lacing. The Smell has a strong amount of the lemmon pepper and spices scents. The taste has too much of that lemmon pepper spice, and not enough Saison flavors. The mouthfeel is good and drinkablilty is good, but this saison is definatly missing the saison.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: Bottle poured into a Blanche De Chambly Glass

A: Golden and clear with a light white head on top. Steady carbonation can be seen; it has pleasant small bubbles.

S: Citrus, some spice, and a bit of doughy wheat.

T: Starts with vanilla and lemon and quickly turns peppery, a bit more than I expected, finishing with citrus and dough, the finish is crisp and relatively clean.

M: Medium-bodied at first taste, it quickly becomes lighter and finishes light.

D: Though the beer is pretty light, it does have a decent alcohol percentage, resting at 6.4 %. This beer can be dangerous for that reason, it blends the alcohol very well.

Overall: A good beer for summer time drinking, I would like to try it with crabs. It is not as sour citrus wild as Belgian Saisons I have had, and I liked them better. Also, the pepper is a neat idea, however, I think there might be too much pepper and it disturbs the balance of the beer slightly. Lastly, though it is light, it does have a decent alcohol percentage, which limits its drinkability.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a slight hazy deep lemon yellow body with a bubbly off-white head that fades to a thin film and a light carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The soft lemon quality to white wheat dough gives way to a dry green hop finish. There is a light black pepper hint to the hops and a light circus peanut note that grows as the beer opens.
T- The green note blends with dry wheat flavor and a soft club soda quality is in there aswell. The club soda and green hops flavors linger. The light citrus lemon zest tang hint grows in the hops as the beer opens up.
M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp texture but is jus a bit watery as it opens up.
D- This is a nice wheat beer with bright flavors but I don't notice any saison yeast characteristics. It is a tasty American wheat though. The tangy flavors of lemon zest get a bit too strong as this beer opens up and it is very dry with little fruity qualities.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a great showing, the beer pours dull golden with very little head retention. It looks like beer that's been left out overnight rather then a fresh pour. Maybe that's right for the style but it doesn't look that great to me.

The smell is a step in the right direction. Earthy spices and some apple fruity notes. It lingers on the fringe of beer and peppered cider.

The taste is very nice as it mirrors the nose but there is also a mild lemony touch to the crisp cider flavors. A bready backbone is there supporting the saison flavors and is never muted by the layers of atmosphere associated with the style. The peppery spice come through in the finish and makes this a complex, intricate taste profile. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is light and mild with a perfect amount of dry and carbonated sizzle. It's refreshing in a Belgian pale kind of way and not really my cup of tea but a solid beer none the less.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear pale golden-yellow, a lively carbonation forming a small, puffy white head with moderate retention that leaves some reminder of itself behind.
This one certainly makes no false claims and the nose is interestingly varied. The lemony zest is in the aroma all the way, soft but not subdued, reminding me more of the edible small green leaves of a clover-like plant with light zesty lemon flavor I can't quite remember the name of. Then the clean, mildly grainy notes of pilsner malt form the backbone supported by, most strongly, a snippy black peppercorn note, as well as aromas of light fruits. There's a light musky/earthy note lingering in the background as well.
The flavor hits the palate with more sweetness than the aroma portends. The taste becomes a balance of lightly sweet, biscuit/grains, peppery, zesty, and citrus with a light acidity and that earthy note. This is a nice, well-balanced and tasty saison that I would really have enjoyed a bit more strength of flavor from.
Interestingly, the body of this one starts off just slightly heavier than it finishes; it thins quickly enough without getting too thin. I'd have to say it's medium-bodied. Carbonation is spritzy,ans a light crispness accompanies a somewhat smooth feel. The finish is dry.
I had this one at a cookout now that it's fairly warm out around here and it was definitely good enough to have a few more and plenty refreshing.

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Photo of azorie
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: nice cooper pale ale in color, poured it hard at 39F in a mug, got a nice creamy white head of nearly 2.5 inches. Let lacing down the sides after a few minutes.

S: Well at first at cold temps you get all the stuff the bottle talks about. Peppery, you got the grains of paradise. Some citrus (lemon like), some clove and banana, reminds me more of a hefe than anything. Not sure if that fits the style but with its a sasion like ale in the style of.

T: banana, cloves and tart citrus hits you first. malty back bite. some hops. as its warms it turns to more of a bread like taste, with the pepper bite. Missing a brett bite/flavors. No secondary fermentation done in bottle, sort of defeats the saison style in my mind.

M: seems smooth and very easy on the mouth, in fact I could swear its Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier clone.

D: not to bad, its not the easiest I had to drink but its not undrinkable, its semi refreshing. I have to try a few more. I mean its summer type of beer, but sadly falls short to me. I may change this as the sample pack came with only 2 beers, so it sort of breaks my own rules about reviewing on 1 beer.

Not a big fan of american brewers making Belgian styles but that my pet peeve. its not a horrible attempt but its not a great one either.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a giant tan frothy head that lasts and leaves great lacing. The smell is pungent with lemon,pepper,wheat,citrus hops,and bread yeast. The taste is OK with citrus hops,bread yeast,pepper,and other farmhouse flavors,but it is a bit weak. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. A decent beer, not great,not bad.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cheers to Jeremy White. I don't know him but what an honor to be chosen for the LongShot honors.

Served cool into a Sam Adams glass, Lemon Pepper Saison has a golden straw color with perfect clarity and thin white head.

Aroma is just as it should be for a saison. Spicy and citrusy with a distinctive Belgian yeast.

Flavor is big on pepper and lemony citrus. So it's appropriately named! Good balance but not as smooth as many authentic examples. Also lacing the depth of flavors that some of the better ones.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and fully carbonated. The pepper flavor gets wearing towards the latter half of the serving. One is enough.

Overall a nice saison and if you like pepper, you should love this beer.

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Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Stigs
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a Duvel Tulip

A - pours with a small amount of bubbly bright white foam, settling to a thin film with some islands. the beer is (oddly) very clear, and dark gold in color.

S - lemon is very distinctive here, a bit juicy and tart. small bite from the pepper, everything here is just a little hard to really pick out.

T - starts off with some clean citrus rinds, lemon adds a little bit of tartness then turns clean. grainy in the middle, pepper only becomes noticeable as a bit of dryness in the aftertaste.

M - very watery, carbonation is a bit dull and not refreshing and exciting like most of the style. finishes clean with some lingering citrus notes. very dull.

D - interesting concept and its pulled off well, but I'm just a fan of classic Saisons. became a bit of a chore to drink a bit past halfway through.

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

Big bountiful head, creamy and snow-white, lots of bubble activity and long-lasting. Color is shiny golden with serious clarity. Lots of lace.

Mineral and yeast in the nose mostly, along with a spicy vibe and some hints of lemon.

Dig the pepper flavor here, although it's well incorporated and aids in giving this a more general spiciness than a specific pepper bite. There's a fruitiness right through the middle, recalling mango, pear, lemon and green apple, among others. A little soapy in the finish, along with a lasting kiss of spices and mildly grassy bitterness. Yeast isn't as farmy or earthy as in most Belgian examples.

Couldn't believe how soft the mouthfeel was, and didn't like it at first, but after several sips I found it pretty nice after all. Creamy and buoyant, slippery and silky, it hangs in the mouth and goes down the throat in an almost cask-like way. Interesting.

Clearly an American take on the Belgian saison/farmhouse thing, and nothing wrong with that. Totally hit the spot, especially after hours of yardwork on a hot day.

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LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 287 ratings