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Cazeau Saison - Brasserie De Cazeau

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BA SCORE
87
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Cazeau visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 10-17-2008)
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Photo of patm1986
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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

patm1986, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

DaveHS, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Dope, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

metter98, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

DoktorZee, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of rdickey
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

rdickey, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

rfgetz, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

mwilbur, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

emerge077, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Hachiman
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Hachiman, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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

wisrarebeer, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

OneDropSoup, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

brewandbbq, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of foogerd
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

foogerd, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of firkinhophead
4.25/5  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.

firkinhophead, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

BeerImmediately, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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!

NeroFiddled, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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.

timtim, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

jrallen34, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

rtepiak, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

CanuckRover, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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..

Billolick, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

John_M, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 22, 2009
Cazeau Saison from Brasserie De Cazeau
87 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.