Cazeau Saison - Brasserie De Cazeau
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4.44/5 rDev +14.7%
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...
08-01-2014 21:03:24 | More by rockaday
4.4/5 rDev +13.7%
Cazeau Saison, notched Lot No.1, Best Before 6/2012
"with flowers of the elder tree"
Imported by 12 Percent, Brooklyn, NY
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!
01-14-2011 21:01:02 | More by NeroFiddled
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +13.7%
very nice "table" or "session" saison. great way to start the evening. hazy gold color with a white head that holds. nose is flowers, pepper, toast mineral/wet rock and earth. taste shows a lot of flavor for such a small beer, and the floral character is very pleasant. the malt seems to be pilsner, as it is toasty and a touch husky. perfect compliment to gentle flowery hopping. not a mind-blower, just a very nice, very classy, very elegant, soft beer. medium-light body that is zippy, a touch (just a touch) tingly and slightly chalky (in a good way). could drink these all day on a hot, sunny day. simple, traditional and avant guard at the same time. very cool. twelve percent pushing the boundaries again. thanks brian! keep 'em coming.
12-18-2010 13:04:50 | More by timtim
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Cloudy golden-yellow pour with a foamy white two finger head with great retention and lacing. Great spicy, fruity, floral nose with lots of lemon zest, grass, white pepper, coriander, and as it warms, elder flowers. The taste follows suit with the elder flowers really emerging as the star. Nice tart lemon, melon, grass, subtle barnyard funk, caramel malt sweetness, white pepper, grapefruit, coriander, and yeast. The mouthfeel is tart and tangy with perfect carbonation, amazing balance, and a nice crisp, dry finish. Overall, this is one flavorful and highly drinkable beer. I'm a big fan of elder flowers so this was right up my alley. Pretty much a non-sour version of Cantillon Mamouche. Highly recommended!
12-10-2013 17:55:41 | More by beerdrifter
4.29/5 rDev +10.9%
750ml bottle into a tall tulip. I'm not sure how old the bottle is, but it has a June 2012 best before date.
A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with two fingers of long lasting head. Active carbonation is evident in the beer, with a lot of bubbles rising from the base of the glass. Lacing looks superb. The head lasts throughout the length of the pour. This is a beautiful beer.
S: Lots of tart yeast aroma upfront, providing an aroma that is both fruity (mainly apricot, but also lemon, and green apple) and floral, I assume from the elderflowers. The beer is mildly funky and earthy providing an almost tonic-like quality to it.
T: Very dry. The tonic quality from the aroma comes off as more of a seltzer water flavor. The fruitiness is still there, mostly lemon peel, yet the apricot flavor does come through a bit. The elder flowers are also still there and provide a nice floral component to the beer. Tis works well with a firm bitterness and light peppercorn flavor. However, the juiciness I got in the aroma is not here nearly as much in the flavor.
M: Quite thin with very strong carbonation.
O: A wonderful Saison. The appearance and aroma are near perfect. The flavor is still quite good, but not nearly as good as the appearance or aroma. It could use a touch more sweetness and I think the beer would be near perfect.
06-14-2013 00:34:43 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
On tap at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY.
A: Awesome head and lacing. Light pale golden yellow color and a bit cloudy.
S: Strangely sweet pilsner smell with citrus and some spices which I couldn't distinguish.
T: Very quiet balance of hops, citrus and spice. Strange to mention that this beer reminds me of champagne. When I tried it on the recommendation of the bartender I did not know what to expect and after tasting it actually thought to myself, "wow".
M: Awesome full and fizzy.
D: Overall a great tasting and amazingly balanced beer. Very unique and I could tear through these all night. Well done.
09-26-2009 21:35:45 | More by KenOnBass
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
Initial pour yields a booming, sticky, white foamy head over a very clear golden body. Purdy. Tons of lacing. Subsequent pour w/yeast leaves the expected cloudy grayish golden body.
Aromas are full of white pepper, lemon zest, and a high volume of yeast. Very nice, but not terribly strong.
Initial hit on the palate is full of prickly carbonation. Flavors are full of grassy hops, white pepper, noble hops, and a touch of sweetness in the middle. Finish is tight and dry with a very cleansing, but not off-putting bitterness.
This one scores "awesome" on the drinkability meter. Went perfectly with a baked talapia snd cayenne-infused couscous side.
02-17-2011 00:58:44 | More by BeerImmediately
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
pours a cloudy burnished yelllow with a tall, white head that settles out fairly quickly, leaving behind sheets of lace.
aroma is lemony and yeasty, with some musty and floral notes.
taste brings a dry, minerally tone up front, followed by some powdery yeast and lemon tang. Biscuity malt and some floral hops round out the flavor. Well-attenuated, with little residual sweetness. Not much spice, but some other floral, earthy and vaguely funky notes that keep it interesting.
Mouthfeel is mild and smooth on the palate, suggesting some wheat malt (although apparently there is none). Moderate to full carbonation gives it a nice clean finish.
Very nicely done. A great table beer for a summer meal.
03-21-2011 01:20:35 | More by firkinhophead
4.23/5 rDev +9.3%
A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of pilsner and grainy malts with floral notes, Belgian yeast, some coriander and other light spices, and some lemon zest.
T - Starts off with a mix of pilsner malts with some tart lemon zest, some coriander, and some floral notes. Through the middle, Belgian yeast flavor come through with some farmhouse flavors, and some more floral notes. The finish is a mix of pilsner malts, tart lemon zest, floral flavors, Belgian yeast, and some spices.
M - Medium-minus bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and floral finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice floral saison with a good balance of flavors and a nice tart finish.
09-19-2012 03:05:08 | More by ngeunit1
4.22/5 rDev +9%
A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a large amount of bubbly white head. A good amount retains, and leaves thick clumps of lacing.
S: Thick floral yeastiness, with some mild funk.
T: Lightly sweet, with a thick mid palate; subtle, but complex. Yeast notes, as suggested on the nose, with the same mild funk. Finish is dry, with light floral notes on the top.
M: Medium body, medium but very present carbonation.
Overall this is quite enjoyable. I'd probably have it semi-regularly if it were a reasonably priced year round beer, but it's also nice to try a unique seasonal with a modest alcohol content.
11-14-2011 02:03:10 | More by seand
4.22/5 rDev +9%
Just got some bottles of this from a friend that gifted me as part of a mail order beer club. Thanks friend!
Poured from the bottle into a schooner; no obvious best before date.
A - really pale yellow (almost translucent) and cloudy. Super fluffy 3 finger head with tons of lacing coating the entire glass.
S - lots of lemon citrus notes and hints of yeast; strong and pungent
T - super clean taste without any Bretty notes, very refreshing with enormous citrus and lemon notes. Almost like a spiked lemonade. Finished with nice enduring citrus bitterness, but no pepper spiciness.
M - ultra light and clean with crisp carbonation. No booziness.
D - amazingly refreshing and drinkable
Delightful warm weather beer; very light and refreshing, but also just right in terms of intensity. Strongly recommended!
10-08-2011 16:27:13 | More by DoktorZee
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear, slightly green lemon color with high carbonation producing a generous 2+ inch bubbly white head. Good retention and nice lacing.
S: Soft and sweet citrus and barnyard funk. Musty and minerally. Mild hop note and a floral (elderflowers?) note too.
T: Clean and crisp floral and citrus hops. Elderflowers more evident here. Sweety musty barnyard funk. Grass, grains, and mild belgian spice. Also some definite similarities to delicate white wines. Interesting and unique.
M: Initially very clean and crisp, then turns toward mildly bitter hops with a dry, tart, and semi-sweet finish. Light body.
D: Not your typical saison. Complex and interesting--especially for style. With an ABV of 5% it is extremely drinkable. Definitely a unique brew and worth a try.
09-21-2011 04:09:42 | More by mwilbur
Cazeau Saison from Brasserie De Cazeau
87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.