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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by smcolw on 04-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 wspscott
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: A pale gold color that is crystal clear. The 1-finger head is a thick pure white with a ton of lace.
S: Classic Belgian yeast smell with lots of spices. There is a hint of light citrus in the background, but it is not obviously lemon.
T: There is a definite earthiness that doesn't line up with the nose, much more saison like vs. the nose. As it warms, the citrus becomes a little more prominent, but it is still not obviously lemon. I don't get any pepper at all. Given the lemon in the name, I would like a little tartness.
M: Slightly creamy with a lot of carbonation to keep things refreshing.
D: This goes down quite nicely. The earthy/dirty flavors that are in saisons are more muted here. It could be considered a "beginner" saison, and I don't mean that as a criticism. A good, but not great version of the style. I would happily drink this all summer long.

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

Decent golden color with a sizeable head and some nice lacing. Aroma is somewhat spicy and lemony with a tinge of graininess. Solid malty flavor with a decent level of spice-absolutely lemony and peppery but not overly so. Mild yeast flavors. Good mouthfeel-quite crisp and dry. Overall a decent beer-a notch above average. Doesn't come off as a 6% beer, seems lower to me. Ok in a variety pack-not something I would pick up on it's own.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark yellow color. The head is half an inch in height, which is quite small for a saison. It recedes within a minute into almost no lacing. This is also not characteristic of a saison. The aroma is of hay, leather, lemon, and a hint of black pepper. It is a nice aroma, but not as strong as most examples of the style. The taste is of pepper, with a hint of barnyard fuck, and a lot of alcohol (which is really odd for a beer that is only 6.4% ABV). The mouthfeel is thin to the point of being watery with high carbonation. Overall, this beer is a major disappointment. If given the opportunity I will not drink this again.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint.

Pale golden body. Very clear. On finger white head resides to a cap of foam on top. Not much lacing left behind.

Nose is basically just banana esters and some pale malt.

The flavor is similar, up front it is mostly banana esters and a slight phenol quality then there is a hint of lemon juice, a dash of pepper, pale malt, and some faint grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, creamy carbonation, a tiny bit acidic from the lemons I think.

So there is way too much phenols in this for me. I don't really see how this is a saison.

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Photo of portia99
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best before Sept '10) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a very clear medium golden color with a half finger of dense, creamy, white foam with very good staying power. Leaves sheets of lacing as it falls in the glass.

S - Fruity, Belgian yeast-like fruity character with a bit of bubblegum thrown in. Bredy malt under the yeast character...not getting any lemon or pepper in the aroma though. Seems a bit off for the saison style.

T - Where the aroma was lacking pepper, the flavor perhaps over-compensates. Definite pepper flavor and a lingering black pepper spicy feel that lingers. Some cinnamon, cloves and tons of Belgian yeast character really dominate the flavor along with the pepper. Lemon...not so much - having a hard time picking this out underneath these other potent flavors. Hops don't play much of a role either. Still say this is a bit off style for a saison.

M - Lingering black pepper burn? left over after the swallow. Body is light/medium with ample carbonation which is fizzy and prickly in the mouth. Belgian yeasty character lingers...

D - Not what I was expecting coming in...thought this would be a bit lighter and crisper with a bigger citrus component. I find that the pepper is a bit high (kinda like when the waitress goes a bit crazy on the fresh pepper on your salad), the lemon is light to non-existent and the Belgian yeast character is a bit high and overpowering losing some of the other, more delicate flavors I associate with a saison - especially the citrus!

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

a: This was a chill-hazed coppery golden color. It poured with a short lived fizzy head.

s: Smells okay, but something isn't quite right. I smell strong yeasty bananas that seem out of place, and some herbal/lemony notes that I want to call hoppy that remind me of a pils. I also found a little more heat than I expected from a 6.4% abv.

t: Tastes more like a Belgian IPA than a saison I think. Some lemon, but more yeasty banana heat than anything. Pretty sweet in the beginning, things dry out towards the finish though. I got a little peppery spice and some bitterness.

m: The sweetness makes this seem kind of heavy for a saison.

d: Not bad, but this just didn't strike a chord with me. I enjoyed the other two quite a bit more.

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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer might look perfect if only it were, say, a pilsner and not a saison. For one, its head is minimal, and quickly turns into nothing but a trim, the lack of lacing proving its powerlessness. Secondly, although it doesn't say so in the guidelines, to me a saison should have some haze; antiseptic cleanliness doesn't exactly scream 'traditional farmhouse beer'.

I don't smell much of either the lemon nor the grains of paradise but it's no wonder considering just how heavily perfumed this yeast is! Tremendously aromatic notes of banana, some general citrusy character and an almost solventy, 'band-aid' like alcohol all flutter past the nose depositing notes both savory and spicy.

I've always found the Saison style to be distinctive; this flavour is quite agreeable, but it doesn't taste overtly like a Saison (and it's far from being all that distinctive). Still, honey-coated malts, lemon puree, wheat malt, biscuits, iced tea flavour, a dousing of zesty spice and a chunk of citrus fruit makes for an undeniably affable tasting beer.

And I thought the complexion was too clean - this thing is as crisp and plain on the palate as a pale lager! It lacks the prickling acidity, the (often tart) drying finish, there isn't a hint of alcohol and any spiciness fades just about instantly from the palate. These are normally positive attributes but for this style their inclusion leaves a little more to be desired.

Lemon Pepper Saison is very pleasant beer, but it doesn't give the Belgians anything to fret about. The fun thing about homebrewing is that it allows you to deviate from style guidelines; for my palate, this recipe may have deviated too far and, while I enjoyed it, it wouldn't be a long shot to say I'll seek it out again - it'd be a plain lie.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is softly Belgian spicy/zesty with malty base. Smells good.

Pours clear dark yellow with moderate head. Looks good.

Flavor follows, nice spice/fruit character. Some coriander, white pepper, and lemon/lemongrass. Very soft sweetness. Moderately perfumy & floral. Mild malt. Tastes good. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

A solid Saison that is highly spicy. Very enjoyable. Kudos Jeremy.

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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 neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my mug out of the 12 oz. bottle. had this one sitting in my fridge for awhile now and figured this warm summer night would be a good night to finally drink this. Pours a clear, light to medium golden color. White fluffy head is well over an inch when poured, although I did do a violent pour for this one. Settles to a nice surface coating with great lacing. Aromas of lemon, malt, and peppery spice, followed by a bit of hops. Good bready malt flavor upfront, followed by lemon citrus and some pepper, ginger, and other spices, grains of paradise perhaps? Rounded out with a subtle hoppy and slightly sour taste. Very enjoyable mix of flavors! Has a light to medium bodied, crisp, slightly chewy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. I wish the mouthfeel was a bit heavier. Overall a good solid beer and quite enjoyable on during this summer night here in Cleveland.


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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 pdoran10
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear golden color looking exactly like apple juice. very little head that disappears quickly. this is a saison?

smell is saison funk spice and a pronounced pepper note. well hey it sure smells like a saison!

belgian funk and saison yeast is super subdued. i get small citrus notes with a peppery spice. nice flavors, not enough of them.

mouthfeel is very watery. finishes crisp and dry but drinks like treetop apple juice.

could drink many of these, solid summer beer, but flavor and substance are lacking.

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

A. Clear gold in color with a soapy head that retains well. Some lacing on the glass.

S. Lemony nose with bready malts and some spices as well. Floral hops there on the periphery.

T. Spices upfront, white pepper, lemon zest and ginger. Lingering tartness with a slight sour note in the finish which was quite enjoyable. Muted funk, like Parliamant records turned down low. I wants more funk. A mild citrus note gets overshadowed a bit by the spice.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation on a lighter bodied beer.

Drinkability: A nice beer that could well have been brewed in europe somewhere. I like where this one is going, a spicy but not overspiced saison.

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

A: Clear and dark golden with a small but steady head; lacing holds up quite well

S: An earthy graininess with subtle lemon rind and spicy elements

T: Initial flavors are good: citrus, pepper, earthy funkiness; but then it gets watery with an aftertaste reminiscent of butter; the flavors don't stand up the aroma

F: Thin and a bit overcarbonated, but the beer does sit nicely on the roof of the mouth

D: Decent little beer but not as much of the earthy grainy funk that I like in my saisons; and the thin/off aftertaste hurts the overall drinkability

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Photo of Fnord
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very effervescent clear gold with a fairly small white head.

Smell - Lemon and pepper, obviously. Also a little alcohol, funk, and pear.

Taste - A slightly sweet start, which quickly becomes tart. It finishes tart and peppery. Not a lot of funk in this one.

Mouthfeel - Thin body with high carbonation.

Notes - This isn't a typical saison, and in some ways that's good, others bad. I like the way the grains of paradise combine with the saison flavors, but not so much the lemon. The lack of funk is also a bit disappointing, but not surprising. This is a pretty good beer that's worth trying, but it's not outstanding.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a nice clear shade of gold with a one and a half finger white head. Laces pretty nicely, though the head fades rather quickly.

S- faint aroma of lemon...some more sweet citrus in there too. Very faint however, as I mentioned.

T- very...juicy, I think would be a good word to describe it. Pretty sweet. Hints of lemon with a slight kick of the pepper near the end...overall, underwhelming.

M- feel is fine. Maybe a little thin. Good carbonation.

D- I dunno. Its pretty weak, but by that same token, its really drinkable. I don't think I'd get it again, which is probably for the best since its a limited release

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought as part of a six pack for $8.99.

A: nice straw color, thin lacing head
S: somewhat traditional saison, yeasty, fruity, earthy
T: taste was there but a bit too cloying, really not noticeable pepper and/or lemon but that's OK, could use a little bit more spritziness
M: good but a bit too cloying
D: decent but a bit too sweet

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker glass...

Virtually no aroma (at least to my smeller). Pours a fairly light amberish color; mouthful kina average at best. Taste is fairly decent; I'd say pretty decent for a summer brew but I won't go out of my way to pick this up again. Lemon is very faint. Decent but....

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Photo of roccotuna
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz mug. Yields a pale golden straw color with a white head. Not much head even with an aggressive pour.

Smells like you might imagine, but aroma is muted and not very complex. Basically just lemon and mild citrus. No hops.

Taste matches aroma. Lemony and reminiscent of adjunct lagers on finish. Very little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is lacking from what you might expect from a saison. Carbonation seems too low, maybe more would improve aroma and mouthfeel? I didn't find it refreshing.

Drinkability is good. Not hard to down one.

I wouldn't go out and look for this beer. Seems like your typical sam adams conservative attempt at an interesting beer style.

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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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Photo of SFLpunk
2.05/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Long shot 6 pack. Abriggs1 shared some with me.

This only warrants a quick review: Fat and wide, no structure or spiciness. No yeast character at all. Tastes like over-buttered popcorn at the movie theater.

Just dreadful. I hope the homebrew version was different than this.

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Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Total Wine as part of the Longshot sixer for $8.79.

Beer poured a hazy golden with a nice white head that is hanging around pretty well. Not catching much in the nose, hints of lemon is present. Taste has hints of lemon and pepper up front with a slight saison dry finish. Mouthfeel is good, light and effervescent, very refreshing. Drinkability is good, this beer reminds me of the wit style characteristics without the wheat melding with some saison characteristics. Interesting blend of the styles, i like it!

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Photo of abriggs1
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Where's the lemon? Where's the pepper? Where's the saison? I can answer these questions. This is a high alcohol brew with little to make it stand out. There's a certain citrusy dryness on the end, but I can't say I really enjoy it. It's an interesting idea, but I think it could have been done better. Most lemon, more pepper, a different yeast.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a goldenrod yellow color with a frothy white head that falls relatively quickly. Some splashes of lace on the glass, with a solid top of bubbly froth. Duvel tulip produces a nice stream of carbonation from the bottom for a while.

S: Light and wispy, replete with phenolic, lemony, and spiced aromas. Lemon and pepper are both there, but not too far overdone at all. With warming some nice bready notes and more residual sweetness emerge.

T&M: Rush of sweet peppery flavor up front, with a finish that dries out just a touch. A very tasty saison, indeed! Lemon and apple with a band-aid-like phenol flavor and white pepper all feature prominently on a massive initial rush of flavor. Then things mellow out with a dry, straw-like/grassy flavor that yields to more spice and crisp bitterness on the finish. The yeast profile lacks the complexity of true exemplars of the style, but it's still quite enjoyable. Body is light to medium with an aggressive, yet not super-fizzy carbonation level.

D: Lowish alcohol content and great flavor make this great for gulping. Too bad there are only two of them per 6-pack!!

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LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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