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Brother Levonian- Saison Ale by The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
6.50 % ABV

Review by SAP on 05/31/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 11 15 4 8 2009
This isn’t quite entirely settled yet as it has only been sitting in my fridge for a week. A standard pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass from the fluffy, long lasting head that slowly collapses with a substantially textured, rocky surface. The beer is an opaque, orange-tinged, light amber color that shows an orange-gold to pale amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of honey influenced malt and floral aromatics; up front notes of orange blossom, lychee, apricot, honey-suckle and a touch of jasmine as well as a backdrop of earthy black pepper, earthy phenols, a touch of coriander, a touch of a yeast note is nice and there is a biscuit or cracker like malt note that adds a drying note to the finish. This has a very appetizing nose and I am really liking the floral focus of this beer.

A spritzy carbonation helps to dry out the up front sweet malt flavors. This finishes with an austere, flint-like hop note and a clean, noticeable, but not aggressive hop bitterness. Phenolic notes and esters pepper the oral / nasal cavity after each sip. Spicy clove notes play a big role here as does a herbal hop character (notes of menthol, grassy hop notes and even a hint of hemp are present) that really lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer is nice and peppery actually; the pepper has an earthy component to it that adds to the complexity and there is lots of other spiciness that reminds me of ginger and a savory herb note. Some noticeable higher alcohols in the finish don’t really add warming, but certainly do boost the pepper presence as well as adding / accentuating a dry, overall fruitiness to this beer. As the beer warms up it picks up an apricot fruitiness as well as some green apple notes. This could definitely be a touch drier than it is, but the floral, fruit and honey notes tend to boost the perceived sweetness. Similarly, this could also be a bit more light bodied; while it is not heavy, it is even quite quaffable and is actually very drinkable; I find it quite easy to polish off a 750ml bottle by myself.

With all the different sugar sources, the varied hops and the spice selection I was a bit worried about that balance that this beer would be able to achieve., this beer is quite nice though and I really like the mix of earthy, spicy, hoppy and floral notes that are found in this beer. It will be interesting to see what this tastes like once I let it settle for a few more weeks, but it is already quite tasty. I am a self-admitted sucker for Saisons though. Within this style this is merely good, but as a beer that I am enjoying it is quite great.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 05/13/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 16 4 9 2009
I purchased a bottle at the Lost Abbey 3rd Anniversary party and took it tonight (5/12/19) to La Bella to share. According to Tomme, this beer is brewed with tangerine peels, tumeric, black pepper, and brettanomyce at bottling.

Pours a clear, light amber color (a cloudy apricot flesh with the yeast pour) with a thick inch of foam. Great head retention and lacing on the glass.

Very fruity on the nose. Some pinnapple, citrus, pepper, lemon, toast, orange leaf tea, a bit of grapefruit, bubble gum, banana, some farmhouse funk, spiciness from the yeast, phenols, nectarine, and peach. I loved the smell.

Some toast upfront with a touch of leather, bitter plastic funk, bitter orange, and lemon peel on the first sip. Later on it got more yeasty in the finish with some grass and herbs too.

Medium-high carbonation with a full body. Very thirst quenching and I can see myself drinking this in the summer. Almost creamy but there's enough bitterness in the finish to bring some roughness to the palate. Would love to see what some age does to this beer.

Served In: Other

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