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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 Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.81/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  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.

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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 zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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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 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 John_M
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.


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Photo of AlexFields
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.


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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 clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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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 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 tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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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 jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

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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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Cazeau Saison from Brasserie De Cazeau
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