drpimento (3632) - 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. Flavor’s 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! dhunter151 (590) - 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 jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle at Jerry’s. 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. Kita (2146) - Koper, SLOVENIA - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle, 0.375l, shared with friends. Hazy pale golden color with thin creamy white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of funky brett, barnyard, white wine and fruits. Taste starts with light sweet biscuity malt, follows refreshing yeasty, vinous and fruity with dry peppery mouthfeel and moderate bitter finish. Full body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Excellent funky saison... Travlr (24667) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.
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. coreyc1221 (319) - 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. joet (2606) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2014
apricot lightly creamy farmhouse aromas light medium mouthfeel very drinkable. Solid and awesome OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle from Chuck’s, opened the next day.
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2014
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.
Bottle at Schouskjelleren. Lovely hazy gold. Apricots and funk in the nose. Sweet orange, barnyard, grapefruit in the finish. Just lovely.