Cazeau Saison - Brasserie De Cazeau
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2.75/5 rDev -28.9%
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.
04-19-2012 17:55:27 | More by Thorpe429
3.33/5 rDev -14%
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.
11-22-2009 21:41:58 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.35/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
11-27-2010 14:56:01 | More by CanuckRover
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
06-24-2011 00:52:04 | More by OneDropSoup
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
10-09-2009 02:37:42 | More by Sammy
3.45/5 rDev -10.9%
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!
12-13-2011 00:18:45 | More by jsanford
British Columbia (Canada)
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
04-04-2013 22:58:44 | More by CookstLiquor
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
04-02-2009 02:47:23 | More by Phyl21ca
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
10-09-2011 06:00:27 | More by metter98
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
11-30-2009 17:36:16 | More by John_M
3.66/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
03-01-2013 04:24:58 | More by JohnGalt1
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
04-24-2012 08:08:45 | More by TheStove
Cazeau Saison from Brasserie De Cazeau
87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.