Cazeau Saison - Brasserie De Cazeau

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very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Cazeau visit their website
Belgium

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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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 47
Photo of Thorpe429
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Served in a Moeder Lambic tulip because, forgive me, I don't have Cazeau stemware.

Pours a clear golden-yellow with a huge, foamy white head with great retention and tons of sticky lacing on the way down. Some visible carbonation bubbles in the glass.

The nose has some mild pepper notes plus plenty of the elderflower that's announced on the English portion of the label. It's nowhere near Mamouche levels, but is still quite noticeable. Probably a bit too over the top; I prefer saisons with subtle spicing so it's not completely obvious what was used.

The flavor is over-the-top with elderflower. This is a fairly-small beer and it's completely dominated by the elderflower character. There's pepper skin and a bit of spice. Really not a fan. Spice carries over to the finish. Light body and heavy carbonation.

This is really a one trick pony, and I'm not a fan of that single attribute, so this is one I don't really enjoy. If you like Mamouche and want something more accessible, give this one a try.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.32/5  rDev -14%
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 FeDUBBELFIST
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
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 Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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 OneDropSoup
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Took a while to pour in order to fit in the big, dense, creamy head that settled to a finger. Head's a little lumpy over a waxy tan body, leaving a few chunks of thick lacing.

Dry herbal nose, with a subdued, subtle kind of fruit character, like cantaloupe - subtle, but nice, on the dry side.

Dry & bread in the taste, with some of those mellow melon & citrus notes from earlier, but ending a distinct black pepper character & dryness, which is cool...at first. After a bit it kind of morphs into a strangely vegetal taste, from black pepper to bell pepper. A little off-putting after a while, but interesting nonetheless. The rating here indicates less "average" than "a medium of good & bad".

Medium-fulled-bodied, leaves a dry aftertaste, makes me gush a bit. A little papery, astringent?

Man, highs & lows is the name of the game here - started out deceptively interesting & turned weird. I'd be intrigued enough to try another sometime, enjoyed the ride.

Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 CookstLiquor
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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 metter98
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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 John_M
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. Nose is OK, with light honey, nutmeg and some light spice. Flavors replicate the nose, though this is really a pretty light saison with not as much flavor as I generally like. Also, there's something of an underlying wheatiness to this beer, and in many ways this is more of a wit beer then a saison. Mouthfeel is also pretty light to medium bodied, but drinkability is quite good. Alcohol is not at all noticeable, as you would expect given the abv. in this beer.

This is a decent saison, but is certainly nothing special.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 TheStove
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber-ish bottle into a tulip. Nice, exemplary hazy golden yellow color. Pour leaves a persistent ring of thick foam. Aroma is diverse from the initial pour which yields notes of light sweet honey to the later settling which has bitter floral both which are likely the product of the elderflowers.

Interesting mix of flavors upon sipping, a hybrid of light honey and flower petal with the elderflower flavor very evident. Finishes sweet and light with lingering elderflower flavors. Drinks very rich and robust which is in contrast to the "gentle" flavors. Eventually gives way to an excellent cooperation of a sweet start and bitter finish. The flavors eventually coalesce into a delightful bitter citrus candy flavor.

An incredibly interesting beer that is worth your time if you are looking for something different in terms of flavor profile. I don't know how "true" to the style this one is but given this style seems open to interpretation I think it's very interesting.

Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Seabass for bringing this one back from the homeland.

A: Light yellow hue with a touch of cloudiness. 1/2 finger soapy head quickly rises and manages to leave behind some lace.

S: Light floral aromas with hints of spice and citrus.

T: Matches the nose perfectly.

M: Light in body and drinkable.

D: Could kick back and drink all night long.

Photo of Dope
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale straw pour, quite cloudy. Huge billowing white head. Incredible lacing and retention. Borderline 5 on appearance.

S: Some lemons and pears along with banana and cloves. Very yeasty. Pretty mild smell intensity overall compared to some saisons.

T: Very lemony. A bit of yeastiness and that's about it. Tiny bit of grass maybe in the aftertaste?

M: Very light, crisp and refreshing.

O: Super drinkable. At 4.8% I wasn't expecting a monster of a beer. It's simple, clean and easy drinking. Great saison, just not as complex as some others.

Photo of patm1986
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it's a cloudy, hazy brew with a thin, white head that leaves a small amount of residue around the glass. the head looks sea-foamy.

smells like clay, some really earthy yeast, honeysuckle and other florals.

there's a metallic flavor that hits immediately, but that soon gives way to a some light wheat, grass, floral-y syrup(elderflower), refined sugar, and a little coriander spice.

it's carbonated, frothy, and dry as hell. much to be expected from a saison.

this is ok. it looks beautiful and has some interesting subleties, but there aren't many more elements to it that are overwhelmingly impressive, so i don't think i'd have it again.
cheers

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Capitalizing on the blooms of spring, Cazeau uses "the flower of elder trees" to decorate the already perfumy, spicy, and earthy character that's normal for Saison.

The fresh farmhouse ale pours with a light straw color that's lightened by an aesthetically, pleasing yeast cloud. Easily mistaken for Witbier, its fluffy white head caps the beer with a quiet calm that's nearly irresistible.

Without knowing exactly what elder flowers are like, the beer reveals floral notes of rose hips, sandalwood, thyme, citrus and rosemarry. Lightly musty in its scent, the essence of dried lemon, hay, sulfury green apple, and pepper add to the earthy counterpart to the beer's bouquet.

Apples and lemons provide a seldom-seen fruit taste to kick off the Saison and is backed by the sweetness of light honey and wafers. Under-rippened berries and dried citrus peels keep the fruit-floral taste developing across the palate with a late arrival of soap. Stern hop bitterness finishes the beer with an aftertaste of lemongrass and a medley of herbs and white pepper.

A lightly slick texture detracts from the dry, peppery, light zesty carbonation. Finishing quick, the beer carries a mild grape skin astringency with a pleasant wine-like acidity. Light warmth hides behind peppery prickle and closes fairly clean and crisp.

There's something more floral and fruity about this Saison than is normal for the style. I can only attribute it to the elder flowers being used. But the brewery takes all the fun out of it by letting us in on their secret ingredient, when the guessing would be so much funner without it.

Photo of jrallen34
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saison made from elderflowers...On tap into a tulip at Churchkey...Pours a bright light honey gold with a very nice white head. Great retention and lacing, this looks really nice...A very floral aroma, like most good saisons, a hint of peppers from the elderflower...The taste is almost all floral, a light easy to drink saison with a little extra on the nose. Not earth shattering but worth a shot.

Photo of AlexFields
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky topaz with a very bubbly white head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smells of peppery farmhouse yeast, lemon-like zest, green and red apples, flowers, slight tartness and fair amount of funk. The pepper has a slightly metallic note to it that just barely prevents this from having an excellent nose as opposed to merely a very good one.

Taste opens fairly sweet and flowery, fades into mild tanginess and then into lots of yeast, finishes somewhat dry and peppery. I get some mild apple and banana but not as much fruit as in the nose. Only a faint touch of funk.

Mouthfeel is very nice and somewhat unusual, good carbonation but not too fizzy, there's a soft milky character to this.

A very respectable saison, almost a great one.

7.8/10

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish pale gold body with huge head and lace ring. I'm picking up a spicey. peppery aroma mixed with minor fruitiness like apple/pear and some sugary goodness. Light, some sour funkiness and tartness come out and there is a prickly feel thanks to carbonation. I'm getting touches of citric but more like grape and tropical fruit for some reason. A little off for this style but I like the combos of fruit and the underlying sweetness although the sweetness is overpowered, at times, by a funky finish.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before end 6/2014.

Pours a murky whitish-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, floral, earth, fruit, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of floral bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with great floral aromas and tasty flavors.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty sharp saison. The lemon bites a bit more than I would expect or hope for. Floral and fruit tones are there, with the latter being much more present. Carbonation is quite full and does seem to steal the show from the taste of things. A nice drinker that's consistent, but sharp in a lot of ways that make it somewhat less pleasant.

Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours translucent straw yellow with about an inch of pillowy eggshell white head. Leaves rings of intricate lacing and a small cap of creamy foam.

S-White pepper, parsnips, coriander, hay. Delicate barnyard funkiness, a barely perceptible floral sweetness.

T/M-Medium bodied, with bracing carbonation and a chewy mouth feel. Slick, yeasty earthiness livened up by a bright citrus and cracked pepper note that creeps in mid-palate. The elderflower is very subtle, providing minute levels of floral sweetness on the back end. If you're not looking for it, you probably won't taste it. The finish comes back to life with a short, sharp burst of citrus to undercut the earthy, slick yeast.

O-An interesting, well composed saison.

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, straw yellow with a two-finger, bubbly white head of foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with a funky/phenolic kick.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with a nice funkiness. Some sweet caramel with floral flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty saison. I'm glad I got to try this beer.

Photo of foogerd
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Cazeau Saison from Brasserie De Cazeau
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