Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
4.5/5 rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle into The Bruery tulip.
Pours a very hazy, bordering on cloudy pale gold, with a towering, rocky white head that looks like a volcano as it slowly settles - good retention, though not quite spectacular. Leaves nice lacing all the way down. Dozens of streams of bubbles flow up from the bottom of the glass.
Nose is very nice, and immediately grabs you - bretty and funky, with a sharp dose of bright barnyard goodness, layered around big notes of lemon and hints of vanilla. There's a subtle graininess to it underneath, but the big, bright notes that the yeast and bugs impart are the star of this show.
Taste is exactly what the nose leads you to expect; bright and acidic in front, quite tart, with heavy doses of lemony citric acid and barnyard. There's also a bit of a horseblanket mustiness to the taste that the smell tends to miss. Clearly, this one is a big bretty bug showcase - very bright, very zingy. Earthy bitterness comes around on the finish, musty, though it disappears cleanly quickly enough. Sharp, spritzy carbonation over a lightish body make this a warm weather dream, though it's still welcome this dreary winter day. This one will absolutely be revisited over the summer - what a fantastic readily-available saison.
Drinkability is, of course, superb as well. All around excellent saison, reminscent at times of Ithaca Brute even, though certainly not nearly as clean and of-a-single-purpose. More complex, a bit more challenging, though the bright, lemony brett domination and champagne-like carbonation are both spot on. Very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2011 20:47:41 | More by JohnQVegas
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-16-2014 20:53:10 | More by orangesol
4.16/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2014 04:14:00 | More by LiquidAmber
3.54/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2014 03:18:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.