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.
LPS pours a pale straw color with a gigantic eggshell colored head. Lacing leaves chunks of foam on the side of the glass.
The Belgian influence is quite noticeable in the nose of this beer. I picked up hints of Bazooka Joe bubblegum, lemon and pepper. I also picked up very, and I mean very, mild hints of damp basement.
All the flavors that appear in the nose are prevalent in the flavor. Bubblegum is in the forefront with an intense spiciness (like a traditional saison). This eventually settles into a wheat beer like lemony backend. The flavors mellow out as it warms up.
The mouthfeel is fizzy and light, with a slight heat that is most likely due to the spices. The “pepper” clings to the inside of your mouth and dries it out.
This is definitely a unique beer. The general style guidelines are there, but the lemon and pepper add notes that are unique to this brew. Lemon Pepper Saison is a good beer, but not one that I could drink all the time. However, I really want to marinate some chicken with this beer and toss them on the grill one warm summer night!
Overall: 7 out of 10
As a SAISON: 7.5 out of 10