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Cazeau Saison - Brasserie De Cazeau

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BA SCORE
87
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Cazeau visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 10-17-2008)
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Reviews by rdickey:
Photo of rdickey
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, very pale gold into a goblet. A smallish one-finger head dissipates relatively quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Hops, carrying significant citrus flavors, come across first in the nose. They’re closely followed by very traditional spice notes (black pepper and others), and a somewhat surprising floral character.

Taste: Wow, this is an interesting one. The hops promised in the nose come through first, but they are quickly followed by a distinct tartness. The spiciness from the Belgian yeast remains present but lets the bitter and tart flavors take center stage. Earthy and herbal notes begin to make their impression felt as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Despite the complex flavors, this beer is pretty light in the mouth. The finish is very, very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Quite high. I’ve dilly-dallied and am only getting around to tasting this on the first day of October, but this would be an ideal summer beer. At just 5%, you’d need to work at it to get into much trouble with this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new one at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, $9.99 for a large bottle. Best before dating of 05 2011, notched onto the side of the label. Pours cloudy and dull ripe banana , under an awesome, huge crown of fluffy, wispy and super long lasting white froth. Nice merainge development and extensive fine and intricate lace sticks on the glass.Great looking beer. Delicate flowery nose, with a hint of peppery spice and some cilantro soapiness. Delicate, subtle, light and refreshing saison. More flowery notes, light pepper, light earthiness, some more cilantro soap. Drying hops join the fun late. Delicious. would love to enjoy on a warm summer afternoon, with the nice spread of cheeses, salads, crusty bread...you get the picture...Saison lovers seek out and enjoy this one..

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Janeinma
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of rockaday
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I thought this beer was excellent. I'm in a years-long Belgian phase and I very much like the Saison style. This beer did not disappoint.

Light in color, generous head so pour gently. Very fine mouthfeel. Excellent taste. Low malt. Hops were fairly faint for me, but I have a high tolerance for hops so others might find it hoppy and I might not be able to tell...

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lautre Oeil, with Mathieu. White head on golden body. Very lacey afterwards. Not a praticularly interesting or spicey saison, elderberries and yeast and lighter mouthfeel. 700th Belgian style beer I am told I am reviewing, for people who keep count of these things.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw gold. Massive bubbly white head on each pour. Dissipates very slowly with nice foamy lacings clinging to the glass.

Aroma is very floral... unappetizingly so. Slightly sweet malt in the background with some dusty yeast.

Takes a few sips before you really start to appreciate the flavours. Striking combination of grassy hops and flowery elderflowers right up front. Certainly different. Tannic, but still quite soft. Aroma explodes in the mouth. Finish is on the dry side with some herbal aftertastes.

Light, but quite creamy, leaving a bit of a cottonmouth feeling behind.

A novelty beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cazeau Saison, notched Lot No.1, Best Before 6/2012
"with flowers of the elder tree"
Imported by 12 Percent, Brooklyn, NY
Tasted 1/14/2011

Even carefully poured, Cazeau Saison brings up a massive head of bright white foam. Subsequent pours help it to rise out of the glass, forming a small mountain that looks a bit like whipped cream. Beneath, a hazy yellow body displays tiny bubbles steadily streaming upwards. The head retention is quite good, and the lacing is magnificent.

The aroma is quite floral. It's also gently grassy, straw-like, earthy, and lightly peppery. I even find a suggestion of lemon and honey, and maybe ginger. There's a bit of harshness to it but it's not really off-putting. It's hard to describe... vegetal, acidic ...possibly like vomit or perhaps even a baby's fecal matter? I'm guessing that that's a trade-off / side effect of the elder flower but I'm not sure. As it warms I also get a whiff of plastic mixed with some sugar.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body, and the natural carbonation leaves it just lightly tingly on the tongue.

The flavor follows the aroma, as usual. It's floral, grassy, woody, lightly peppery, and lemon-like over a honeyish malt base. It's also a bit earthy, but it's more like dusty dried earth than the somewhat harsh scent I found in the nose. A solid bitterness backs it, and it finishes quite drying with a slight bit of chalkiness and citrus-like acidity left in the mouth.

Overall, it's a very interesting and unique saison. I find it charming and beguiling. Even though I set my glass aside, my hand is drawn back to it. It's compelling. Not necessarily very complex, but compelling. Absolutely worth seeking out for it's unique character!

Photo of jwg782
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mscudder
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supposedly brewed once a year in the spring when the elderberry trees are flowering.

Poured into a tulip glass, it generates a large head of sparkling bubbles. The surface has a meringue sheen to it, along with a certain stiffness like meringue also. Larger bubbles sparkle like soap suds, slowly dissipating above the golden hazed saison. Some unfitered sediment visible. Copious chunks of sticky lacing.

Soft but pungent floral aroma, must be the elderflowers.

Dry and soft with lots of mellow herbal/floral character. Crisp and very lightly bitter, nice. Grassy, hay, mild herbs. Effervescent with tight carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Nice saison, not overdone with the spices. Definitely something i'd look for again.

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy pale yellow color ale with a rather large pure white foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of floral notes with a rather dry finish. Taste is also dominated by some floral notes with some strange spices notes and some bready malt. Line seems be blurred between hops and those dominant floral ester. Body is about average with great carbonation. Very well done if maybe a tad too dry which cut into the refreshing factor of this beer.

Photo of jpajpajeff
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this 750 in a great trade with OhSayCanYouBeer... Thanks a bunch Matthew!! Poured into my HotD goblet and shared with a friend who took a month off from beer and shitty food. Pours with a firm 2 finger head... tons of lace and rock solid retention... the brew is hazed yellow.

The nose is floral and and sorta sharp... It makes me think it is going to be tannic... Faint hints of pale malt, smells very dry.... Light peppery phenols.

Flavor is more spicy... very dry and crisp... The elderflowers are snappy and add a bright floral quality.. dry hay/grassy on the finish.

Light body with tons of carbonation... This is very very drinkable... Would be perfect on a summer afternoon... I would certainly buy this if I had access... Thanks again Matthew!

There are no real problems with this brew... It seems aroma/flavorwise on the light side for a saison... but the floral notes help bring it up and about.

4.25/3.75/3.5/3.75/3.75

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8 oz. pour into a tulip ($7).

A: Saison de Cazeau pours a clear, light golden yellow color and yields a frothy, semi-rocky off white head of average size and good retention.

S: Very nice aroma. Light malts of grain and caramel were well balanced by lemon citrusy hops and flower esters. Less yeasty presence than expected (style and origin considered).

T: Very little to speak of in the taste department and surprisingly so after the pleasant nose. With no real overwhelmingly dominant flavor, alcoholic warmth was even pulling through. Shocking for a sub 5% ABV. The muted fruit & spice flavor leaves your mouth almost immediately after swallowing.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Light body, a little oily and a bit thin. But the carbonation was fizzy and right on time. The finish was lightly astringent and VERY, VERY short.

D: The drinkability is average or below. Too expensive and not impressive. Save your money.

Photo of jsanford
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Tulip Glass. Elderflower Saison? My fiancee couldn't shag a bottle fast enough!

A - Pours a hazy, glowing gold with a fluffy white head that settles to a slight ring and haze.
S - Elderflowers certainly dominate the nose, this reminds me perfectly of St. Germain liquor in beer form. Crisp pilsner malt, a touch of hops, and some slightly earthy Saison yeast make up the rest of the aroma.
T - No surprise, but the taste is dominated by elderflowers as well. More crisp malt and Saison yeast character, but make no mistake, this is a perfume beer all the way. Flowery beers always have a slightly acrid chemical taste to them, and this one if no exception. Not bad, just not my thing.
M - Light and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good, "spritzy" carbonation.
O - Not my favorite Saison ever, but the little lady loved it so that's good!

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are mild aromas of citrusy and floral and hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of a saison but the finish is lacking in dryness and mustiness.
M: It feels moderate-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but nothing stands out to makes me want to try it again.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a ridiculously big foamy head. Nose has lemon, saison yeast notes of peppery spice and citrus. The floral elderflower notes show up on the palate, as do the spicy saision yeast notes. A little sweetness balances the tart and spicy notes. The carbonation is a little big and out of whack.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Cazeau Saison from Brasserie De Cazeau
87 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.