Lemon Pepper Saison (Samuel Adams)

Lemon Pepper Saison is part of the Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest.  This saison from employee Homebrew winner Jeremy White clocks in at 6.4% ABV.

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

FOR FANS OF: Allagash FLUXUS 2009, Stone/Victory/Dogfish Head SAISON DU BUFF, Ommegang HENNEPIN

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