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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.6
Dedollewaitor (16171) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle @ Christian. Olympiakos - Man U. Pours hazy yellow with a creamy White head and lacings. White wine, fruit, white pepper, funk and hay. Flavor is dry and hayish with the brett rather young or anonymous.

3.8
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2014
Beer & Ball Champions League night. Olympiakos - Manchester United. Cloudy yellow with a lasting white head. Spicy complex aroma with tropical fruit, white wine, brett funk and wood. Dry and fruity flavour with spice and herbal notes, and a good bitter finish.

3.6
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
19th January 2014
Hazy gold beer, tidy white head. Palate is light and crisp. Little sweet malt with mild sweet cream. Light touch of vanilla. Spicy yeast. Mild grapes. Dry airy finish. Well joined up and pretty drinkable.

3.9
spacecube (1723) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
375ml corked bottle, clear golden brown pour with a white foamy head. Saison spice, crisp caramel malt with a nice balanced finish. Very well crafted saison.

3.9
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Tasted on 2/19/13 from a corked and caged 375mL bottle purchased at City Beer. Pours hazy dark yellow with a thick white head that slowly recedes to bubbly lace. The nose is very dry with some nutty brett funk and a hint of tropical fruit hops. The flavor is the same with the raisin note coming through with some spicy yeast and the same nutty funk as the nose. The body is light with average carbonation and a long nutty, funky, and spicy finish.

2.1
Jorn69 (3159) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
@ Omena Hotels, Köpenhamn 8/2-2014. Flaska från Kihoskh, Köpenhamn. Frisk och krispig, fruktig, småsyrlig med en del jästtoner, medelsöt. Ganska mesig och tillbakadragen.

3.8
edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
12.7 oz bottle pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus, malts, pepper and grass. Taste is malts, pepper and bread.

2.5
bmsulliv (219) - - FEB 6, 2014
Promising but bottle was completely flat. Not a ton of aroma, cloudy yellow. Wheat malt and slight acidity. Would try again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
OldMrCrow (2440) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle from Chuck’s, 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 don’t 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.

I’m 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 saint’s devotion (a pair I need to try head-to-head) coming in relatively inexpensive bottles I’m 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 I’m giving it, but with the bumps for drinkability here we are.

3.6
Zer0 (1224) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle shared at ’t Klooster, Delft. Pours cloudy golden. Aroma is peppery, grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruits, funky and some bread. Taste is moderate sweet and some hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.


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