Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 36
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 06-29-2005

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Ratings: 389 | Reviews: 197
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with a hazy golden orange and a brilliant white head that lasts and sticks all over the glass.

Spicy peppery and clove yeast, a little sweet, banana, bread, herbal, lemon, and grassy. Smells fresh and old at the same time.

Lots of pepper and clove spice on the palate along with some banana, bread, herbal, little bitter, grass, and slight lemony tartness.

Medium bodied and carbonated. Rolls over the tongue really well.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If I were blindfolded I'd declare this a Saison.
I wish it produced more of a nose-- in a way it's a bit of a surprise for what's to follow.
Poured with a frothy head that was short lived but laced the glass and settled down to a stable enduring blanket covering of the beer's surface.
The flavor is a lively combination that danced on my palate composed of effervescence, hops distinction intertwined with malt and hints of yeast. All together the shifting flavors made for a citrus like tang and a well controlled demeanor to the finish.
This is a wonderful beer to enjoy anytime but especially on a nice summer's day. It's too fine to guzzle as a thirst quencher-- but wonderful to serve to those weary of stronger craft brews or those new to the world of fine beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i like these funky small timey saisons, and this one is pretty darn bretty. i suspect my poor came from near the bottom of the keg, it almost looks milky, as pale yellow straw colored as beer can beer, frosty looking with just a ton of creamy brett in suspension. still somehow light and delicate though despite being as yeasty as it is. pale wheat malt base, tons of brett in the nose. its mild and real farmy, funked out, definitely made in belgium. creamy wheat flavor up front, brilliant grassy middle, maybe from hops, maybe some yeast i want to culture and use at home, but its really neat. that milky base feel would be off putting if the brett didnt lighten it up and dry it out on the back end. i think its got nice carbonation too. i would really like to buy a bottle of this and see how it compared to what i suspect is a dreggy pour from a keg. its neat beer though, no doubt about that, one of the more interesting yeast complexions going, and a great introduction to this brewery for me. i have seen a little of their beer around lately, this is good enough to make me want to buy more. very very interesting, cool bretty finish.

Photo of goochpunch
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy straw with a thick, rocky head. Smells of bready malts and pungent yeast. Tastes of honeyed bread, earthy, fungal yeast, spice, and dull bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fluffy with a smooth carbonation. This is a good saison, but not mind-blowing. A little too sweet for me.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy straw yellow with 2 fingers worth of foam and I see some nice lacing.

Yeasty, spicy, wheat, some bitterness. Spices are cloves and pepper.

Spice is up front in the taste. Peppery, cloves, mild, no, rather assertive bitter flavour then ends in a mix of that bitter and a candi sugar sweetness.

Medium body, zesty level of carbonation.

This is quite enjoyable with the tastes going on and is really very very dry in the finish.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Slightly hazy straw-yellow pour with a huge foamy three finger head with great retention and lacing. Earthy, yeasty nose with hints of lemon, grass, pepper, subtle clove, and apple. The taste follows suit with hints of lemon, white pepper, apple skin, grass, Belgian yeast, subtle funk, and just a touch of sourness. The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and refreshing with a great tangy, dry finish. Overall, this is a classic example of a Belgian Saison.

Photo of champ103
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color. A dense white head rises to over two finger with impressive lace all the way down. This is a looker.
S: Earthy, peppery yeast up front and center. Fruity esters like banana, and some spicy clove. Lemon rind and finishes with a grassy bitterness. Spot on for a traditional Saison.
T: Again, that earthy, spicy and fruity yeast is up front and very welcoming. Clove and black pepper on the tongue. Banana, lemon rind and white grapes that gives this just a slight tartness. As this warms some bread and biscuit malts come through. A light lingering grassy bitterness. Lovely.
M/D: A light body that is perfectly carbonated. Effervescent, crisp, beautifully clean and dry. A treat to drink, the bottle is gone in no time. This is great for the hot Texas weather, but I can enjoy this year round.

A spot on traditional Saison. That perfect Belgian yeast shines, and works so well with the grassy hops and biscuit malts. An instant favorite of mine, and I need to see if some more are on the shelves ASAP.

Photo of msquared36
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sunny yellow and hazy. Dense foam that leaves 3D lacing.

Not a strong scent but a hint of lemon and funk.

Champaign like - dry and grapey. A little banana sweetness especially as it warms.

Moderate carbonation. This is a substantial beer that coats the tongue.

A very good beer that falls short of being great. A little too subtle, could have used another level of flavor. There are hints of tartness, funk, and peppery spice, but I would prefer if any of those were more prominent. Nevertheless, worth a try.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Hunger N Thirst.

A - Pours slightly murky orange with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving thin sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of bready yeast, black pepper, banana, dash of fruit and some earthy hops. A traditional Belgian saison for sure.

T - Starts off with some mild black pepper spice quickly being joined by the bready malt and fruity yeast and finally the banana and light earthy hop bitterness. Finish is a little sweet with plenty of chewiness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, effervescent feel with only a faint hint of booze as it warms up.

O - A nice example of a traditional Belgian saison. It has just enough to keep me coming back for more.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/12/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, wheat, esters, light caramelized malts, citrus and spices.

T: The taste starts out with a touch of estery sourness that is followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus, bananas and spices. Then some breadiness comes in from wild Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is tart and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a cloudy light straw amber with a huge white head; a careful pour produced a half glass of foam. After settling, left massive, pillowy lacing. Mild aroma of saison yeast, apple, pear and light stone fruit, mild citrus, spicy. Flavor is also subdued, but reveals interesting flavors gradually. Starts with light stone fruit and apple, light Belgian yeast, coriander, then dries out a bit revealing more coriander, floral light fruit and light citrus. The finish is light fruit, moderate spice bitterness and a bit of caramel that is surprising in the semi-dry finishing flavors. Light to medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. A subtle, but complex hybrid of light Belgian ale and saison; both yeast styles seem to show their presence during the taste. Fruit is mellow, but complex with apple and citrus family fruit all in the mix. Very nicely done and a pleasure to drink. I buy saisons with trepidation because some are too wild yeast forward and tart for my taste, but this is the kind of brew that convinces me to keep trying. Excellent. I have really enjoyed everything from this brewery and look forward to their other ales.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, grass, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, grass, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly intense hop bitterness that I wasn't expecting for the style.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my ciney sniffer

A - Pours a wonderful cloudy honeycomb colour with a two fingered heard that lasts and laces. Excellent !

S - Big aromas of funk, yeast and citrus, typical Belgian.

T - The taste is so damn smooth and balanced. Plenty of yeasty citrus notes, with a slightly dry finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Exactly what you want in a saison.

O - Wonderful experience and an example of why no other country can match this style. It even rivals the Fantome Ghost and Dupont versions.

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Photo of Badger6
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml, paper twist wrap emblazoned with 5-pt stars. Poured into a tulip.

A: Cloudy pale golden straw colored body. Puffy, white head, foamy consistency, receded into a chunky layer on the surface of the beer, sparse lacing.

S: Smells very earthy. Biscuity malts, citrusy nose with a grassy, wet-hay aroma. Hints of stone fruit, but not strong.

T: Prominent biscuity malt. Slighty wheat, Belgian yeasts are present, apple and pear fruitiness with cloves and white pepper spice, all very mild and subdued in the background around the malts. There is a floral note that lingers throughout, with some grassy flavors as well. Finishes slightly bitter, the grains seem to become pronounced at the end, with a lingering yeastiness.

M: Medium body, with a gentle carbonation, very smooth feel, dry, with a lingering tingle from the carbonation. Some alcohol is noted on the palate, but not in a way that overpowers the other characteristics.

O: This is not a saison like you'll typically get from an American craft brewer of Belgian styles, this is all Belgian. If you want to try a unique saison, this is a great example. Have an open mind, and understand that to a Belgian saison is very different than how we Americans imagine them. This is a good beer, and worth another visit down the road.

Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, star-strewn twisted paper packaging, as opposed to the standard label. Apparently you're not to remove the wrap when serving, but when it's just me, who the hell cares?

This beer pours a quite cloudy pale tarnished golden straw hue, with a whole fistful of puffy, thinly foamy, and duly frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some chunky cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity, crackery pale malt, edgy dry yeast, pine needles, pleasantly generic citrus rind, some lemon/lime zest, and further grassy, hay-like hops - sort of a Czech-inspired saison, as it were. The taste is generally more of the same - prominently biscuity pale malt, a touch of wheaty astringency, subdued Belgian yeast, more than a bit of fleshy apple and pear fruitiness, subtle clove and white pepper spice, hints of dried floral honey, and grassy, earthy, and weedy noble hops.

The carbonation is laid back, and mostly just playfully frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and whose smoothness is not beholden to any sort of booze or hop chicanery. It finishes on the sweet side, the pome fruitiness, mixed barley and wheat maltiness, and lingering peppy yeast providing the given canvas.

As I'm not exactly a fan of yer typical saison, this Continentally hopped up version really hits all the right buttons with me. Almost dry, yet still agreeably fruity, and just barely yeasty (thanks mostly to that steady hoppiness, perhaps?), Glazen Toren's version just seems to do the trick here.

Photo of FLima
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of pine, peaches, Belgian yeast, orange flowers and white grapes.
Flavor of creamy peaches, oranges, piney hops, bubblegum, lemon, pineapple, bready malt, cloves, apricot, mint, tobacco and a hint of lactic acid.
Medium body with good carbonation.
A mix of a Saison and a Belgian IPA. Very complex, a bit too sweet though.

Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml ive been holding on to for a couple years. Finally popped open and poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with 3 fingers of white head that fades down to a finger. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of yellow cream back to the surface.

The aroma opens up like lime zest. Very bright, fruity and juicy in an unexpected way. It has some accenting fruity malt blending to more caramel or toffee sweetness somewhat like candy. Some slight hints of yeasty sulfur emerge as it warms up and is swirled.

The taste is sweet almost like blegian candy more than malt that blends into a bit of footy straw grain. It is a little earthen and yeasty with light fruity zest towards the finish. More sips reveal a bunch of herbal quality that is fresh and almost minty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A little too sweet sweet with a candy sort of appeal but lots of depth and it is enjoyable. If this was a little more dried out, I would bump up the score but as-is it is still very good.

Photo of robwestcott
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured cold to a tall footed stange saison d'erpe-mere glass a crisp, bubbly, translucent straw gold with a 2 and a 1/2 finger big bubbled, frothy, long lasting white head with nice retention

aroma of slightly funky farmhouse yeast and lemon rind.

light bodied, big carbonation, super dry finish.

very nice, refreshing, tart lemon to the palate followed by a bit of funk, thought not overpowering in nature.

very drinkable.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Trappist Provisions into a 9oz tulip glass.

Pours a golden yellow, clear color, complete with a good amount of thickened white foam. Tons of lacing on this thing, and each swirl left behind a cobwebby texture of residue. Head retention is fairly decent, but it's usually the highlight of the style and this dissipates pretty quickly. The color glimmers, nevertheless, and it is eye candy for sure on tap.

Smells quite delightful - a graceful combination of grassiness with citrus and barnyard funk. There's immediate notes of damp straw combined with grass, dandelions, and sage, which soon envelop into notes of orange blossom, lemon peel, apricots, and light notes of pineapple. The grassy, herbal presence of the hops is lively here, and combined with the funky notes of pears and soil from the Brett (as well as light white pepper), it churns out a very high quality saison. It's like the last batch of Fantôme without the off-flavors! Nevertheless, still very breezy and flavorful. Exactly how I want my casual saison to be.

With patience, however, this proves to be far more complex and different than expected. Rather than start out hoppy or grassy, you're immediately hit with bready notes and funky Brett characteristics, all which provide a fruit and citrus laden flavor that changes over time. At first it's citrusy and slightly funky, with a wet, earthy flavor filled with notes of violets, clove, sage, and lemon peel, which then ends with nice sour pineapple and apricot flavors. The stone fruits become progressively enhanced, with notes of white peaches opening up at the finish. The grassy, herbal aftertaste cleanses the palate and provide a light acidity that prepares you for the next sip. Very refined stuff overall, with excellent carbonation that provides it an extra boost in bringing forth the flavors.

This was a lovely saison to sip on - and the low ABV and subtle flavors that open up over time made this spot on for any daily consumption. I want to cellar several bottles of this and see how the funky yeast accentuates the fruity flavors over time. I really love how grassy it is, but I feel the beauty is in the yeast. Depending on my new experiences, this could quickly become one of my favorite new everyday saisons.

Photo of marcobrau
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wait....how have I not reviewed this before? I know I've had before a few times...

Anyhow...this beer to me is the penultimate saison. It is tart with being too tart. It is a bit effervescent in its dryness, but I like it. It a delicate flowery and slight lactic aroma. Soft fruity flavors of pear or lychee with a dash of pepper. Crisp, cracker-like maltiness. A dry, tart and pepper finish. Wonderful.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a healthy amount of head that appears to have a little bit of retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a hazy and pale golden straw which shows hints of lemon when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very subdued but most of the usual suspects are there. Spicy Belgian yeast is the most dominant aspect followed by apple, banana, and cloves. Swirling shows off the spice and banana a little bit more but the aroma is still quite understated. Some orange and lemon as well.

Taste- This is loaded with Belgian spice and yeast. At the moment, it's a little too much. Bold notes of clove and black pepper with some astringency and a woody finish. Fruit esters (apple, orange, banana, and lemon) hang around the edges as they tend to get pushed out of the bulk of the flavor profile as the yeast dominates. Peel of both orange and lemon, some coriander. Almost an earwax bitterness that starts off in the middle and lingers into the finish. Some pine and resin on the finish as well. Would be a good beer for those who like hoppy and yeasty saisons. I prefer saisons that show more fruit esters and Brett but this is good for what it is. It has become more enjoyable for me as the yeast has started to mellow and the more delicate flavors are beginning to appear.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat dry finish helps cleanse the mouth.

Drinkability- The yeast is a bit of an obstacle but not much of one. The price is a considerable one, however. Thirteen bucks for a 750 mL bottle of Belgian beer is a pretty good price except this beer isn't good enough for me to justify it.

Overall- Solid beer that represents one part of the saison spectrum. Definitely worth a try if you like dry hopped sasions and Belgian IPAs. If you're more of a Dupont or Fantome drinker, you might want to pass.

Photo of rdickey
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a pale, hazy gold, with a fine white head that leaves nice lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: The nose features a combination of floral and lemony citrus, together with a hint of that Belgian yeast spiciness that we love so much.

Taste: The aroma continues in the mouth, but now the citrus from the hops takes a more prominent role. It’s nicely balanced with the black pepper flavors, a dash of coriandr and a subtle earthiness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty interesting. Overall, it’s crisp as a result of the medium to high carbonation. However, there’s a depth to it as well, which simultaneously makes it almost creamy in the mouth.

Drinkability: Quite high. Unfortunately I’m drinking it on a rainy and unseasonably cold day, but this strikes me as a perfect beer for summer.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Built for spring religious observances, the original summertime Saison jumps ahead of schedule and introduce itself early with the Lenten namesake.

The Lentenbier pours with a mild hazy hue where strong straw meets light honey-amber. Its almost a dirty ale with a soft bronze hue. A controlled billowing head rises to nearly topple the glass before its cotton-white froth begins to recede. Random lacing pockets adorn the glass in the beer's wake- further affirming the quality of this honored Belgian ale.

The theme of honey continues in the beer's aroma. Floral and fauna notes of rose pedals, wildflowers, and soft coriander, dried oranges, and honey suckle precede the strong sweetness of honeyed malt. Light herbal and more earthen tones follow with the spicy and grassy hops to complement the sweet scent. Fruit notes of apples, lemons, and white grapes peak through the sweetness and offer more supportive balance to the grassy spice.

Flavors fare similarly, as the sweet honey taste starts the show. Floral sweetness and marmalade-type fruitiness provide a strong malt presence that extends deep into finish. But along the way, the richness slowly fades and allows spicy notes of white pepper, wine acidity, and fennel to balance the orchard fruit impressions that arise in the middle palate.

Finishing malty-dry, the ale closes with stubborn sweetness and timid spice and dryness. Elevated fruit character sides it with stronger Belgian golden ales more so than the typical Saison. Late warming is hidden behind the lingering sweetness for an ale that's ideally suited for richer Easter feasts that circulate around lamb and rosemary.

Photo of peterdeneyer
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Unfiltered, wheat yellow, a bit trouble. Original bottle with paper foil (750 ml).

Smell: Sunny flowers, a bit of citrus,

Taste: Very complex, hop & wheat, very dry aftertaste that stays for a while

Mouthfeel: Very delicate, nice balance. Starts fruity, ends with a great bitterness

Overall: Only flemish saison, complex but magnificent in taste. Easy to drink, alcohol is very well hidden, recommended to drink in summer, good beer when you're thirsty. It's my first crate, but definitely not my last of this beer. The brewer shows in this beer why he's one of the greatest connaisseurs in Belgian beerland.

Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. It says Best before on the wrapper but the space beneath it is blank.

A- Pours a light golden color with a full inch of white head that retains well before shrinking down to a full sheet of thick surface foam. Thick, sudsy lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Effervescent saison yeast aroma that's very complex and unique. Slightly soapy but floral with notes of orange, lemon and a discernible spice characteristic.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma but with more of the spice coming through and less of the citrus. Yeast plays a big part in the flavor profile bringing a richness and milkiness that I don't normally get from saisons. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Trace amount of wet cardboard in the aftertaste.

M- Feel is thicker and creamier than most other versions of the style I've had. Tangy and semi-dry with a light body and medium carbonation (also uncommon for the style).

O- As I keep pointing out, this is a very unique saison that tiptoes around the style. It's more bold in texture than most others I've had but has less carbonation. The taste is more spice-heavy but the yeast sort of evens things out. A great saison, although a bit confusing.

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Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.