Saturday, June 19, 2010

Samuel Adams LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison

LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Boston, Massachusetts

Saison / Farmhouse Ale

6.40% ABV

Commercial Description:Jeremy White, who works in the IT department at Samuel Adams, channeled his love of Belgian beers to create his Lemon Pepper Saison, a classic Belgian-style brew. Jeremy’s flavorful, refreshing and lighter-bodied beer is brewed with Grains of Paradise, an exotic tropical spice also found in Samuel Adams Summer Ale. The peppery flavor is complemented by a slightly sweet aroma with hints of vanilla and citrus, making this beer the perfect cool down to a hot summer day.

General Pricing:12oz bottle, ~ $8.00 - $12.00 6 pack, ~ $29.00 - $46.00 case

Background: This is the first of three in this year's Longhot winner series. It has been sitting in the fridge for weeks waiting to be reviewed. I have had this a few times while waiting to do a full review. This saison was great when paired with grilled fish. I speculated at the time that this beer maybe better paired with food then along. So lets see if the Lemon Pepper Saison can stand up on it’s own.

Review:The beer pours a clear pale amber almost copper with orange hues and a fairly rich bright white head.

The nose is a wonderful Belgian Saison; rich yeasty aromas of spice, clove, banana and citrus notes. This is extremely inviting especially to a Belgian nut like me.

Man, is this nice. It may be a little spicier than a typical Saison and it also may be lacking some of that authentic “Farmhouse Funk”. But putting that aside this is an excellent American version of the Classic Belgian Saison.

OK, now that I got that off my chest we can continue reviewing this beer.

It starts out sweet on the tip of the tongue, then a very nice effervescence along with a building tartness in mid-sip. On the back-end you start to pick up a little more of that tartness along with some citrus notes. There is also a fair amount of carbonation release during the swallow that help mask some of the flavors. In the finish all of the flavors hit you at once. This explosion of flavor is almost startling on the first sip. There is a fair amount of peeper spice not a black pepper more of a coriander. The finish is also full of the citrus notes along with some banana and clove all on a nice yeasty background.

This is a pretty spicy beer but it is not overwhelming. And don’t let the name mislead you. This lemon pepper is nothing like the common spice that you would put on chicken. The lemon in this beer is nothing more then a heavy citrus note and the pepper is not a black pepper but more like coriander. The spice and citrus notes work well together in this beer.

All and I this is a really good Saison.

The head on this beer never really quit. There are just a few ounces left and the beer is still protected by a nice layer and there is also some pretty nice lacing.  

I’m still not sure if this beer is better alone or with a meal. The spice and citrus notes on that yeasty background lends itself perfectly to a grilled fish dinner. This beer can stand on its own also but the spiciness may be too much for some.

I’m going to give this a B. It really is a good Saison.

I do recommend this beer to anyone that likes Saisons; you will not be disappointed in this beer. I strongly recommend pairing this beer with any grilled fish. The citrus and pepper notes are an outstanding complement to the fish. This beer is good on it’s own but it may be better paired with grilled fish dinner.

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