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

Bottle from mixed 6-pak Premiere Gourmet. Somewhat tasty, very drinkable saison. Lemon is right there,the whole lemon, yet not astringent. other spices, some black pepper. Golden with white head. Yeasty aroma. Its gone in a few summer weather gulps.Above-average mouthfeel.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber with full big thick white head.

Huge assertive fruity malt spice sweet pear nose, really pleasant although sweet in character.

Medium-light body but still retains a rich mouthfeel with some creamy character.

Perhaps a bit thin but rich in flavor of fruity/bitter hops, white pepper, lots of citrus character in the mouth.

Nose keep getting better and better in the glass as the beer warms.

Lime citrus/hop finish. All around really a nice beer.

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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 oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the new homebrewer's collection.

Pours a nice golden color, decent size head to it. Nice yeasty smell to it, definitely can tell it's a farmhouse ale. Pretty good mouthfeel, on the light bodied side. Slight lemony taste to it, not overpowering by any means.. a nice subtlety to it. Finishes with a spiciness snap from the pepper. Nothing too fancy here, not too big in the taste department, but a nice refreshing light beer. Must have beat out some pretty good other beers to make it into production, which surprises me, but a solid beer none the less.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, hat's off to all the homebrewers who enter the Longshot competition and push these awarded beers to such achievement. Thank you Jeremy for making this beer available to us.

The beer pours with a crystal clear color of medium straw and light golden. Lively carbonation delivers a creamy and nearly rocky head of dense white foam that bot retained well and laced all the while.

Soft Pilsner malt gives an aroma of sweet grains, freshly made dough, and soft confectionate notes. But the spices dominate with a combination of clove, white pepper, and more aggressive black pepper notes. All that combined with the spicy nose of estery apples, pears, and lemon make this a very involved and varying aroma.

The sweeter malts command attention up front with the sweet, biscuity, and bready flavors but also with light caramel sweetness and powdered sugar. These malts provide a hearty springboard for the sharp phenolic peppery notes, clove, and orange zest flavor. As the sweetness subsides, the acidic citrus fruit flavors follow closely behind with the lemon and apple taking the beer from it's sweet start and into it's peppery and spicy finish.

As the sweetness starts the first impressions of the beer, the beer feels a bit weighted. But then the sweetness gives way to fruity spicy notes, the carbonation and peppery notes take hold and lighten the beer just in time for the warming and drying finish.

I had a spirited conversation with a fellow and high ranking BJCP judge that argues that Saisons are drier versions of Belgian Strong Golden Ales and Tripels. Though I agree that Saisons should be drier, they rarely are. This pepper Saison does show more spirited Farmhouse character, it's still a bit sweet and less complex for my highest marks.

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear, straw yellow color with a very small, short-lived head. It left a little lace at the top of the glass.

S - It smelled funky with notes of lemon and vanilla. There were other fruity aromas besides the lemon.

T - Good pepper taste up front with a touch of funkiness. It is fruity with a touch of lemon coming through.

M - A crisp, sharp beer that is light bodied and very easy drinking.

D - Not a bad attempt at a saison. I'd prefer a little more funk but it is still good.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A saison with lemon and pepper?! That is crazy!!

Enough of the sarcasm, onto the review.

Poured into a tulip.

Pours about a finger of creamy off white head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a very clear orange hued gold. A small amount of active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Well the name pretty much takes care of this one for me. Lemon zest, spices, pepper, vanilla, and some citrus flavors. The vanilla adds a very nice layer of sweetness that I am enjoying with this beer. The aroma is not very strong, but what is there I do like.

Taste: This reminds me of one of the first saisons I had. It isn't top notch, but it isn't bad. It starts out sweet from the vanilla with some of the lemon and citrus zest mixed in and then I get some pepper and spice flavors. The end is very bland and just a mix of flavors that don't go together well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. More carbonation than I was expecting from this beer. Medium bodied. The aftertaste is very, very dry. It is kind of annoying as I like saisons to be more refreshing.

Overall, an ok beer. For the price it's not bad. Always good to try the long shot beers. I don't like the aftertaste, but I do like the vanilla flavors with this beer. I haven't noticed vanilla in other saisons (maybe I wasn't looking for it?), but it was good. Relatively drinkable.

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

A: A perfect pour into my SA Perfect Pint glass wiht a nice 1.5 finger head that just reaches the top and doesn't go over, which is fluffy and fades semi quickly over the crystal clear very light yellow wheat colored beer. A little darker color would have bumped it up a bit.

N: Quite saison like, with some wheat, lemon, citrus, grassy aromas, dry malts, a little bit of a sweet and toasty malts that give it some lager like aromas.

T: Also saison, some sweet malts, a little dry rustic bready malts, some wheat, lemon, touch of creamy malt flavors, some bitterness with a slight grassy and spicy hop character, somewhat clean ale flavor, and just a hint of pepper in the background. The pepper really comes on the back of the tongue as you swallow. Overall a little light on the flavor, but still pretty good. Very refreshing for a summer drink.

M: Medium to lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: Pretty dry on the finish, it doesnt seem that way at first but then dries off quite a bit. A little wheat, lemon, rustic malts, and toasty malt flavors lingering on the finish. The pepper is still there but even more faint. THere is a touch of spicy feel late that is like the spicy feel you get from fresh peppercorns. Quite mouth watering too. A little bitterness, not sure if it's from hops or the dryness of the malts and wheats. A touch of sticky sweetness sticks around for a while too.

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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 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 Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Got a sixer of this year's LongShot. Figure I'd drink one of each and age the other.

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a white head and a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings forward some lemon zest and a fairly hefty dose of black pepper. The taste is also dominated by pepper and a bit of lemon, also adding in a bit of sweetness and bread. Slight spicy taste from something other than the pepper, probably the year. The over-spicing certainly affects the mouthfeel and the drinkability. Hopefully the spicing begins to fade a bit with some age.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A yeasty aroma of sweet malt and pineapple with a little bit of vanilla. Not getting much in the way of lemon or pepper, but there is a note of musty hops in the background.

T - Lightly sweet malt up front with some pear-like yeast and a bit of pepper. Some pineapple creeps up in the middle with a little vanilla and some musty hop flavor. Finishes with bready malt, pepper, musty hops and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - In some ways, this comes off more like a Tripel than a Saison. There is a fruity character to the yeast that has a pear and vanilla note that is not quite as tropical as what I normally expect from saison and it finishes a bit too sweet. Still, it has a nice malt character with appropriately musty hops to help balance the sweetness. Worth a try, but not something that I will miss once this years longshot supply is gone.

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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Light but fragrant Belgian-styled flavored lager.

Quite attractive in the glass with pale golden color. Very sharp and thin in the mouth. Excellent aroma and a perfumey flavor, like lilacs-- sweet and subtle. No malt to speak of, and the hops are certainly restrained. Not like the bitter but interesting Saison Du'Rango from Ska Brewing.

I keep thinking this would be good on tap, really cold, coming in from someplace hot and humid. Pleasant and interesting but I prefer a good Wit, like the White Rascal from Avery Brewing, which is less acidic.

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Photo of billab914
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured a crystal clear golden amber color with a moderate, bright white head to it. The head faded but left some decent lacing as it did.

The aroma has a pretty big spice and citrus presence to it. Some lemon and coriander type flavors mix with a peppery spice aroma to make up most of the nose. Some bready, sweet, malty flavors peek through a bit as well.

The taste shows a lot of the lemony citrus and peppery spice throughout the flavor. Some bready malt comes through towards the finish to help it out a bit. The peppery spice has a tangyness to it on the palate and linger long after the finish. The spices aren't bad, but probably a bit overdone for my personal tastes.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average for me, it had some interesting flavors to it but the spices were a bit overdone for me. The pepper spice and tang made it less drinkable and refreshing then some of my favorite Saison's. Overall an interesting beer but not one I'd buy again probably.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle:
Lemon Pepper Saison
Pale in appearance, this ale is light-bodied and effervescent with an interesting combination of both fruity and spicy flavors. The initial sweetness of vanilla and citrus notes from the fresh lemon peel is followed by the spiciness from the grains of paradise. The finish is slightly tart yet refreshing.

I'm impressed with thick coating of lace from the head. The liquor color is crystal-clear gold. Lots of minute bubbles continually replenishing the head.

Tart aroma. Slightly peppery and a touch of licorice.

The "saison" part of the beer is not lost here: peppery, short aftertaste, and some earthiness. I cannot detect much lemon. The body is as expected.

I'm a fan of the Saison style and this one does not disappoint with too many other flavors. A very nice blend.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to my wife for picking this up in Kansas, God knows when we'd get this here...

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of ivory colored head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Grassyness, banana peels & white pepper

T: Follows the nose, phenols as well, plus a touch of lemon zest on the sides of the tongue up front. Lemon zest & black pepper as this warms, wacky but it's working, along with a bit of Band-aid twang, & green banana. Finishes dry with peppery spiciness, citrussy goodness & cloves, bordering on a 4.5

MF: Effervescent, crisp, medium bodied

Very drinkable, I though this would be the weak link of the sixer, but this is very nice, easily the best of the Belgian-influenced Long shots I've tasted

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, gold-toned body with a half inch-high white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of lightly sweet-scented, honey-hinted pils malts, lemon rinds, and a curious match of soap lather and spice.

Taste: Sweet, honeyish pilsner maltiness in the fore, then in comes a light, lemonesque citrus component. Yeah, and again there's the Grains of Paradise addition, which comes across, for me, as particularly medicinal and is in no way complimentary to anything else within this brew, as it tends to obstruct the other flavors. Light bitterness. Hints of vanilla and white grape. Soapy, spicy finish that doesn't come quite soon enough.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I've fought through my two bottles of LS-LPS now and I honestly do not like it, in fact, I find it fairly repellent. It leaves me wondering how well this actually represents J. White's winning recipe.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold gold with lemon peel highlights and an attractive lid of bone colored foam. Several steady streams of bubbles keep the beer looking lively and the crown inflated. Lace is reasonably extensive and looks like it will be around for the long haul.

The aroma is both lemony and peppery, although I might not have been able to identify the latter without prior knowledge. It's clove-like too, which suggests Belgian yeast. So far, LPS isn't an amazing example of the style, but it's capable enough.

It's easy to see (er... taste) how Lemon Pepper Saison won the employee portion of the LongShot competition. It's good beer that does not stint on flavor intensity. You have to like grains of paradise (alligator pepper) though. That spice is also used in Sam Adams Summer Ale, but it's used more effectively here.

Specifics include lightly sugar-crusted pale malt, earthy-spicy grains of paradise, and bright lemon zest. Everything is well-proportioned, so nothing overstays its welcome. Even though the 'best by' date is this month, style and ABV would suggest that this offering will be good through the end of the year at least. There are no signs of deterioration right now, anyway.

The body/mouthfeel pulls its weight. It's light-medium and has plenty of well-integrated bubbles. Just don't expect the lusciously creamy effervescent smoothness of a true Belgian saison and you'll be fine.

Whoever is judging these LongShot competitions knows what good beer is all about. As far as I'm concerned, the boys from Beantown should replace the current Summer Ale with this brew. Congratulations to Jeremy White. Wouldn't it be amazing to have your name and picture on a nationally distributed bottle of beer?

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

The second of two that I was able to work through in the sixer last night. I chose this lighter fair for when I was outside doing some yardwork. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/14/2010.

The pour was pretty good I have to admit, nice bright golden in color with a good sized head of white that capped the top for a few moments before settling down and leaving a nearly bare top after a few moments. Lots of visible carbonation.

Light and airy aroma coming forward. Lemon, light rye and peppery notes. Hints of rain and bready tones as well rounding it all out quite nicely. Really impressed with the way it was coming across. Clean, crisp and refreshing flavor. A little muted flavor, but the lemon shines and the nice grassy, and light peppery notes in the finsih work quite well. Very light body and highly carbonated, it made for a very nice and very drinkable little ale.

Overall quite nice. I certainly would not mind having one again by any means.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am appreciative to tenderbranson69 for sharing this at the Lancaster County Brewers Spring 2010 picnic -poured chilled from the 12oz into a tulip

A - A very clear golden w/ a medium sized cap of white which leaves some lace and has a very tight bead. The carbonation is visible in the liquid

S - The nose has gentle phenolics when cool, but as it warms lemon peel and mild yeast esters emerge. The nose has a hint of lemon and spice notes which are peppery when warm w/ very light malt and mild fruit from the yeast

M - The feel is scrubbing the palate with moderately high carbonation and slight spiciness. The feel is relatively dry and mildly malted, yet not a huge yeast texture other than spice and the effervescent feel overall ends dry

T - The taste is mild and light at first with some mild belgian yeast notes of pear and then gradually lemon with the pepper coming out more to the middle and adding to the gentle phenolics of the yeast in the flavor. The simplicity is what subtracts to me, since you expect spice you get only mild amount in the flavor it kind of lets you down. If they said 'Saison' and left it at that it would probably not get the same rating whether that is fair or not - I don't think it fails, just doesn't really add anything to the style with lemon and pepper helping in this situation which could be taken too far also -pretty well flavored and happy to see Sam Adams doing a Belgian style a little better for a change.

D - I think this is a pretty decent saison, not great, but worthy and I was pleased by the use of lemon and pepper. I think this would go well with breaded flounder, nice drinkability

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Still workin' through my first LongShot sixer. This one pours a half-clear, half-hazed golden straw capped by a minor white bubbly head. The nose is faint, comprising wheat, wet hay, yeast, banana, and clove. Nothing all that exciting so far. The taste holds notes of the elements above, along with orange peel, pepper, and a drop or so of soap. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I was expecting something a bit more from the name (sounded really good). What I had was a good start, but needs a bit o' work yet.

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