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Cazeau Saison - Brasserie De Cazeau

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 110
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tpd975 on 10-17-2008

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Photo of rockaday
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
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...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of KenOnBass
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of seand
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of mwilbur
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. I was warned when I ordered it that it was an "unusual" saison—they said dark, but I think they just mean "unusual".

Poured a rather light golden colour, and rather clearer than many a saison. Head is fine, but perfect white and forms sheeting lacing. Great looking beer.

Nose is mild, with a slight herbal aroma. A touch of honey and a tipple of savoury bread. Unusual, certainly, perhaps for no other reason than that it's missing the characteristic saison funk, but it's still quite pleasant.

Taste is very odd, and very savoury. Here, the herbs turn peppery, giving a crushed pepper bread and almost chilli or capsaicin flavour (no heat or bite, though). Bright and light throughout, with minimal body or sweetness. Nice. Really unique and surprisingly refreshing.

Very drinkable, but unique and quite exciting. A very good brew, and moreover: an interesting one.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my bottle state a 5% abv... but that is splitting hairs.

i am partial to the table saisons and this hits all the bases. pour is as it should be a golden straw color with the murk located at that bottom so you can aggitate if if you like because i think there is a nice wealth of malt fruit in that. nose is brisk pilsner straw and a funk that gives out a quality of lemon zest as well. the palate is rather floral but not bitter beyond into something that becomes one dimensional. its rather lean but it should be at about 5% abv. the elderberry is someone noticeable in the sentiment as it seems to fuse with the protein of the yeast giving the beer as a whole a herbal lacquer. a tad pepper munich bitter finish.

more savory than that other table saison that comes to mind the dupont avril.

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Photo of rdickey
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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..

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with a massive head of three inches plus, which retreated to whipped egg whites and sea foam. Bulging in the Duvel tulip all the way down with ripped-to-shreds lacing.

Aromatics lead off with honey-drizzeled musty spices and ceyenne pepper dust. Cloves, bitter greens, and cut grass follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Pillowy with a sharpish edge.

Biscuity malt, earthy spice, and bitter roots start the palate. Pepper-dusted hay with paprika and shades of honey follow through.

Finishes with a firm, drying bitterness, pepper-studded greens, and pencil shavings.

Very unique beer. Reminds me of Cantillon Mamouche (aside from the two beers being quite different) and the Elderflowers are a bit bracing in thier bitter, earthy nature. The finish is a bit off-putting but the beer is oddly appetizing regardless.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with huge plume of white froth. Scent is floral and earthy, moderate notes of yeast, spice and musty grain, hints of tart citrus, light tang and mineral notes. Taste brings components of scent together nicely, big floral and herbal notes lead the way with a splash of citrus and spice before a musty grain, grassy, metallic and mineraly earthy quality present themselves. Has a sharp tangy bite about 3/4ths of the way through each sip, interesting. Medium bodied, active carbonation, lingering herbal and floral notes. A unique brew with strong floral notes and interesting bite to it.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is clear straw gold. Poured into a tulip, a three-quarter inch white head was produced, with moderate retention and a lot of sticky lacing.

Smells of light malt, and has a fresh, grassy and slightly volatile floral perfume from the elderflowers.

Taste is crisp and clean. Slightly acidic, with some lemon, green floral notes, and balanced by light malt sweetness. Has a nice yeasty bread flavor with just a tad of funkiness.

Light body with fizzy carbonation, produces a lightly creamy mouthfeel. Clean and dry finish with just a slight bitterness.

It is nice to find a tasty beer with a low ABV. At 5% (per bottle label), this is sessionable and highly drinkable. It is a saison more in the style of a Fantome.

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Photo of Hachiman
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sllightly cloudy yellow with a huge, fluffy snow cone head that diminishes very slowly. If you're going to share, pour early! Incredibly fine, delicate lacing.

Smells pleasantly of yeast and if you pull very hard, the elderflowers.

Refreshing sweet taste with a flavor/smell of the elderflowers. I found that a bit perfume-y.

Light-medium body and lots of carbonation keep it from being insubstantial.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Champagne blonde with moussy, leggy snow head. 4.25
A bit of funk with flowers and bubblegum. 4
Flaky pastry, some limestone, a touch of earthy funk, hit of white pepper, flower nectar, grassy and lime rind. 3.75
Lime sorbet end and chalky linger.
Crisp, flinty, dry. 4

A prickly one - some IBUs, some minerals, some wild. Few flowers that I can see, but I'm not sure I know what it should taste like. Refreshing, after a fashion, but also a bit of work. But opens into wax and doughy sweetness. If this shows the traditional range and potential complexity in this style - which is either Dupont or hop bombs these days - I'll take it. I could see this winning medals. 4.25

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Photo of wl0307
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF Bar, GBBF 2009; coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, at 5%abv., BB 05/2011, served lightly chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's long-stemmed bulb shaped goblet. NOTE: this ale is brewed with elderflowers!

A: pours a hazy, dark lemonade colour almost like a witbier, coming with pretty restrained but healthy streams of carbonation, in support of a slowly dissipating off-white pillowy foamy head.
S: yeasty and aromatic, showing bready malts, dried lime+grapefruit zest, a touch of sulphur, dried green mango, coriander-like spicy yeasts, fine cane sugar, without much hints at the musty note usually accompanying a Saison, nor suggestion of elderflowers. Refreshing, light, yet skilfully estery - very pleasant overall.
T: the softly-textured malty entry quickly brings on board an assertive flow of unusual bitterness, as of mixture of bitter hops, phenol, zesty citrus and (maybe) elderflower - or the flower stems(?), as a semi-sharp tannic edge also stays closely... settling to a soapy, lightly powdery, mineral-ish and very dry palate that witnesses the influence of yeast sediments, while the bitterness lingers just nice and long, rendering a more-ish feel in the very end of every sip.
M&D: the carbonation is very well in control, only moderate, and the body perhaps benefits a little from the yeast sediments so slightly fuller than the light flavour suggests. Overall, it is the bitter twist in the latter half of the tasting that makes the ale shine, which is truly thirst-quenching in the same sense as a "session Bitter" even!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10.99 for a 22oz bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago.

A: nearly clear off-white yellow with puffy fine bubbles head that kept it all the way, great lacing
S: mild nose with spicy yeast, some soft floral aspects too
T: traditional saison with earthy/floral qualities probably from elderflowers, noticeable hop bite in finish, hops were more than normal for a saison but not offensive
M: decent mouthfeel with all the qualities of a saison (yeasty, spritzy) but with stronger hop finish

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Photo of foogerd
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a cloudy yellow with a small white head.

S- Pepper and yeast with a squeeze of lemon a touch of a floral aroma, or is that just the power of suggestion? Phenols.

T- White pepper and light lemon with plenty of yeast, definitely tasting a flowery quality to this brew its light and a perfect accompaniment to a Saison. Some herbal grassy hops that add a nice kick to the spice rack of this brew.

M- Prickly carbonation on the palette, maybe a tad too carbonated, nice light body.

O- Interesting brew, not worth the 12 dollars I paid but decent enough to pick up at a reasonable price.

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Cazeau Saison from Brasserie De Cazeau
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.