Cazeau Saison - Brasserie De Cazeau
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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
10-01-2011 22:56:39 | More by rdickey
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
09-26-2011 16:37:01 | More by rfgetz
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
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
09-03-2011 21:22:09 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
08-30-2011 01:26:51 | More by Hachiman
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
$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
08-23-2011 01:35:46 | More by wisrarebeer
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
07-17-2011 14:19:09 | More by lacqueredmouse
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
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
04-28-2011 00:42:05 | More by brewandbbq
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-04-2011 06:14:43 | More by foogerd
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
4.28/5 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
4.4/5 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
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
12-12-2010 16:24:27 | More by jrallen34
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
12-06-2010 00:45:39 | More by rtepiak
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
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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..
04-21-2010 00:03:11 | More by Billolick
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
3.33/5 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
3.43/5 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
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
United Kingdom (England)
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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!
08-12-2009 19:51:38 | More by wl0307
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
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
10-17-2008 18:51:21 | More by tpd975
Cazeau Saison from Brasserie De Cazeau
87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.