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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Inspired by crisp white wines, Saison Blanc features New Zealand hops, golden raisins and white pepper for a decidedly bright, spicy, and robust low ABV beer. Finished with Brettanomyces at packaging, this beer will evolve for many more years to come.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpimento (2171) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Wow, what a beer! Poured at a good temperature with a colossal, foamy, frothy, billowy, off-white head that settled after a bit and some lacing. Color is a clear yellow with lots of different size bubble trails. Aroma is a full, heady blend of yeast, honey, fruit, spice, grass, biscuit. Probably more, but I might up all night identifying it all. Flavorís like nose, matches the traditional profile perfectly, has a very strange character of being sweet yet dry! Complemented with perfectly carbonic tang and a lingering bitterness. Body/carbonation are spot on. Finish is like flavor, tapers nicely, and true the whole way. Extremely drinkable any time of the year. Absolutely faultless!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhunter151 (519) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
375mL bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a thick white head. White wine, lemon, yeast, light funk, grass. Crisp and refreshing. Loved this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle at Jerryís. Milky yellow with big, flotsam, fine-bubble head, fine lacing / Delicate nose of citrus & tropical fruit, spice, funk / Light to medium body, still somewhat fat, fruity, dry, with lightly bitter finish / Elegant flavors of pear, pineapple, gingko, straw, coriander, white pepper / Perfect.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Draft at Beer Revolution. Cloudy yellow color, large fluffy white head, great lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard. Taste is grapefruit and funk. Really nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwillums (12) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2013
375 mL. Light and grassy saison. The hint of raisins and pepper is very nice. Another fantastic belgian inspired beer from the folks at LA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Has light sweet floral aroma. Light hazy golden and pillowy white head. Has a light tangy sparkling feel followed by a nice mellow balanced golden raisin finish.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2134) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 14, 2014
apricot lightly creamy farmhouse aromas light medium mouthfeel very drinkable. Solid and awesome

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (1766) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle from Chuckís, opened the next day.

Pours hazy gold with a fluffy white head that fills out my tulip glass and then some. Delicious nose just the way I like my saisons, rather in the Dupont vein but without as much of the fruity esters than their flagship saison. Dusty farmyard and pepper, apricot skins, a hint of not-so-damp stone cellar, restrained brettanomyces bringing more leather than funk. The flavor follows, which for a beer with this good of an aroma is a very nice thing. Very dry on the front side and even more so late as the brett kicks in with lots of leather, again a light dusting of pepper, a citric twist like well-steeped orange water, just a touch minerally, not nearly so much as Avril of which this beer reminds me in some ways. I donít really get the white wine from the commercial description. Anyone still making Lost Abbey carbonation jokes (guilty here!) needs to try this; the mouthfeel is perfect, a gently prickling effervescence that imparts the perfect amount of body, leaving a beer that is extraordinarily drinkable after physical work or play.

Iím really impressed with what Lost Abbey was doing. I started out a fanboy back in the day, then became somewhat disenchanted -- but with this and saintís devotion (a pair I need to try head-to-head) coming in relatively inexpensive bottles Iím delighted at the direction their beers are taking. These really good saisons and in my opinion should be sitting near the top of the US-brewed saison rankings. I would have thought this one was closer to 4.1 than the 4.3 Iím giving it, but with the bumps for drinkability here we are.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KnutAlbert (6013) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle at Schouskjelleren. Lovely hazy gold. Apricots and funk in the nose. Sweet orange, barnyard, grapefruit in the finish. Just lovely.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (532) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Light, dry grassiness, a little dusty, refreshing, a little wine aspect. very high quality Belgium. Light citrus fruit (grapefruit).


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