1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Not Rated.
Saison D'Erpe-MereSaison D'Erpe-Mere

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

357 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 357
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 37
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 06-29-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 357 | Reviews: 194 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by JohnQVegas:
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

JohnQVegas, Jan 23, 2011
More User Reviews:
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.

BEERchitect, May 09, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazy golden with a oarangy hue with a huge blossoming head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving globs of lace behind.Whoo very effervescent citrusy and yeasty with mineral undertones as well.Very refreshing with the alc % hidden very well,orange and pear flavors are very prevelant subtle spice like black pepper and clove are noticable underneath the fruit with a nice geranium "green" finish.A nice saison to be had here subtly complex and quite refreshing.

oberon, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of ricke
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-01-07.

Served in half-pint glass.

Presentation: 750 ml bottle. Freshness date printed on label (Best before September 2010).

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy yellow-orange color, with a large airy white head. Good head retention and nice lacings. With the plentiful bubbles, this adds up to a very nice looking brew.

Smell: Lots of citrus all the way, coupled with floral aromas. Earthiness is also present, as is of course yeast. There is also a hint of tart.

Taste and mouthfeel: The taste pretty much duplicates the smell with plenty of citrus (but now clearly in the form of lemon) coupled with floral and earthy notes. However, the yeast is more noticeable in the taste. Tart appears in the finish, which is also a little bit dry. The beer actually tastes quite good. However, towards the end, when it warms up a bit and actually looses quite much carbonation (which is not that common with Belgian beers), the beer changes in a negative direction and looses much of its character. (Perhaps, it should also be noted that I finished the bottle in under an hour, so the loss of carbonation shouldn't be attributed to slow drinking). It is a medium-bodied beer, and the bubbles and foam creates a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: High. I liked this beer. Although it is perhaps rather average and it didn't hold up all the way, I could really see myself having a few more of it.

NOTE 1: The bottle says ABV is 6,9.
NOTE 2: My first written review.

ricke, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

APP- some gushing out of the lightly chilled bottle. Glowing turbid gold color with big pillows of fluffy white head, other than a slightly ropey sediment at the bottom this is just what my saison dreams look like

aroma- understated and simple, pick up mostly pepper and grass with light citrus and yeast

Taste- damn kids. really excellent flavor here, I get notes of pear, berry, peppermint, fennel, lemon, melon, a strong grassy/ herbal noble hop presence, perfume quality, extremely fresh tasting and refreshing with just a hint of lychee fruit and alcohol introducing a long, spicy, dry finish that gets very interesting if you pay attention to it...rose water?...this is awesome

Drinkability- I want a case

MF- light bodied, dry, effervescent, not very astringent really, has more of a creaminess to it. awesome

Overall- Saison is a really etherial style, hard to pin down, but when I think of saison, I think of this. So glad I found this beer. Really excellent. May have dethroned Foret in my book.

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paper wrapped bottle as pictured. "best before two years after bottling date. 23 maart 2006" Gently decanted into a Duvel chalice, is a cloudy light blonde body with a titanic snowwhite head that appears to be very creamy. Head is long lasting and deposits silky sheets of lace on the glass.

Aroma is complex. Lemony citrus and kiwi, hints of orange and banana, spicy notes of pepper and coriander, floral and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Medium body with the classical saison pastoral satin. Vibrant carbonation.

Taste is dry, with hints of lime peel and orange. Lemony citrus, herbal and floral hop notes, coriander, and a peppery bite enliven. Idyllic notes of a country meadow with grazing sheep gamboling.

Very enjoyable experience. A topnotch Belgian saison.

merlin48, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 brown bottle, no freshness indication. Pours cloudy washed out light apricot, with a super long lasting fluffy, creamy white head, and leaving nice amounts of sticky and oddly shaped lacing. tiny bubbles rising to the top. Nose is full of nutty yeast, soapy ginger and light pepper. This is a wonderfully drinkable and heady saison. Notes of pepper, spice, more doughy and nutty yeast, and Saison goodness. Fine artisanal product, highly recommended nectar.

Billolick, May 30, 2006
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
5/5  rDev +21.4%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from O'Brien's. Big gusher upon opening. Poured a bright yellow-orange with a huge, rocky white head that stuck around a long time. Thick, sticky lacing. Fresh apples, lemons, and citrus in the nose with a earthy straw and floral background. Solid yeastiness. Strong carbonation gives this an enjoyably light mouthfeel. Tart apples up front, along with biting lemon zest and white pepper. Sweeter, slightly funky yeast joins with a melon flavor. A somewhat mineral and straw taste comes in and out with a saaz/hop flavor towards the finish. Sometimes it is sharp and mildly unpleasant, but not enough to ruin the beer. A long, sweet honey finish. I thought this was a more complex saison with all the flavors that kept popping up, but still maintained its light, refreshing quality.

magictrokini, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of ccurrid
3.5/5  rDev -15%

ccurrid, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Mantooth, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Cynic-ale, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't get a paper wrapper, oh well...cap only on the bottle.

Hazy deeper yellow appearance with a huge mousse-like head. Very attractive and dense delicate laces. Aroma of yeast, golden raisins, and wet chalkboard slate. Light mouthfeel and spritzy and lively carbonation. Quite dry, without the honeyish malty start of some Saisons ( a bit of white rum tone), and it goes on from there -- a definite flinty and metallic taste that's interesting and a little different. Fairly simple and straightforward in its profile and presentation, normally I like a little more entertainement value going on, but its pretty refreshing and drinkable. Very abrupt and pointed finish on this one.

ADR, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this at the Stuffed Sandwich. I had never heard of it befre I saw it there. I am glad that I went there and discovered it.

This beer pours a golden yellow, slightly cloudy. The head is very thick and fluffy. It fades very slowly, leaving a massive layer of laces. The appearance was quite impressive.

This beer smells strongly of citrus. I can detect lemon, and orange. Also, I can detect some spicy, peppery aromas. A slight grainy aroma is also noticable. Floral hops give this beer a great touch also.

This beer has a citrus like flavor. Orange peel, and a lemon zest. It tastes slightly spicy. It has the grainy farmhouse flavor that I enjoy so much. I can taste a yeasty flavor also. The hops that were present in the aroma are not so noticable in the flavor.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated. It goes down smooth leaving a spicy lemony aftertaste.

This beer would make a good session beer. It is just a little high in alcohol, but the smooth refreshing flavor more than makes up for that. I highly recomend this beer.

OStrungT, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light fruits - pears, oranges, and bananas, in that order - with hints of spices and Belgian candi sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of light fruit flavors up front, backed by Belgian candi sugar. The spices come out at the end, but without much force. There are also hints of green apples that poke out every now and then.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I could definitely have a few of these on a warm day (as today was).

Overall this is a good beer, though not a quintessential saison. It's more of a Tripel/saison hybrid in my opinion, but still well worth checking out.

glid02, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pas a pale yellow hazy body with a sea of micro bubbles in a torrent that fill 3/4 of the glass with a head of foam.

S- The yeasty esters have some apricot qualities with a flint note that has a fresh rain quality to it. The finish has a soft lemon and black pepper note to it.

T- The soft pale wheat flavor has a green peppercorn note and a light fruity ester flavor. The finish is a dry clean finish with a nice soft green hop snap that grows as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light crisp mouthfeel with a creamy finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is dry by not overly dry and some great fruity ester character that has some nice stone fruit qualities. This beer has great depth but it is lots of very subtle layers that I can't describe and it is crisp making it very drinkable.

rhoadsrage, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -9%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
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.

biboergosum, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Griffith, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As with so many Belgians of this type, bubbles are almost infinite, feeding a creamy head that crackles and pops and stays put for the duration. Color is sunny yellow-orange.

Lightly floral nose, hibiscus and violet, with a strong mineral earthiness. Maybe a light touch of honey, and even light yeast, but the mineral/soil smell really dominates.

Champagne-like green apple meets earth/soil and yeast on the tongue. Flowery, mellow honey, lemon tea, even honeydew melon middle and back. Flavor doesn't bowl you over right away, but after a few sips it becomes impressive in its subtlety and depth. Fine crispness on the tongue, and pretty dry.

The earth/mineral elements hang on tightest in the semi-tart finish, with only the flower, fruit and honey appearing as ghosts. It keeps you grabbing for more. I could see this working best on a hot day, where I could probably sip through two of these big-ass bottles in a sitting. A loooong, lazy sitting. No need for the bells and whistles of snazzy marketing--this is old-school, no-nonsense Belgian saison all the way.

Metalmonk, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -15%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice peachy hazy yellow with orange tint and a fizzy cauliflower stark white head that lingers for some time and leaves nice lacing. This one tried to climb out of the neck on me, so beware when popping the cap.

Nose is full of yeast. Belgian yeast to the max, dried white fruits, pepper and slight citrus zest.

Taste follows. Extremely dry saison. Starts off with some mildly sweet green apple out of the gate, quickly turns savagely dry. The profile shifts into that of a nice bready yeast, plenty of pepper and citrus spice. Man o man, this baby is dry. Some slight barn funk, but nothing serious. Aftertaste lingers with belgian yeast and slight spice flavors.

Mouthfeel is right where a saison of high quality should be. High carbonation, incredible dryness, and a nice drinkable viscosity.

Drinkability is pretty good, but if this one had just a touch more malt presence, just to amp the body up a tiny bit it would be one of the world's finest few.

Overall a very nice and well made saison. Certainly one that represents the style as it should be. The dryness on the finish is simply incredible. Certainly part of the elite few in the belgian saison category, a very nice beer.

AKBelgianBeast, May 02, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. This one was a gusher, a slow geyser of foam threatened to drain half the bottle had I not began emptying it into my glass.

Body is a heavily cloudy tangerine/amber with a faint swirl of dark red speckles of yeast. A three finger head of mousse-like magnolia-tinted foam crowns the ale. Lace forms a majestic crenellation in the glass and refuses to subside.

Aromatics of lemon-pepper, champagne, hay-fields, and fruity yeast are all quite inviting and complementary.

Primarily zesty and a little tart on the palate, with a rustic sweetness from malt, and an appealing mild funk from the hops and yeast. Peppery, soothing finish, which is dry and slightly bitter but with a lingering sweetness as well. The most transporting example of the style I've tried - the fragrant productive soil and clean air of a working family farm are readily evoked.

Not quite medium bodied, with high carbonation, yet a soft voluminous quality overall. No heat from the alcohol, no astringency...

A sipping ale that is impossible to stop sipping - leading to wonderful drinkability.

One of the best examples of the style I've had - this ale relishes simplicity and quality above all else.

augustgarage, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of brokentee
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

brokentee, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me say that I was quite happy with the price (>$13) considering this comes from one of the smallest breweries in Belgium. :) Breweries within 25 miles of me are selling bottles this size for more! :(

The initial pour was only slightly hazy with a deep yellow-gold body. Subsequent pours roused the yeast and left it a cloudy orange-gold. The pillowy bright white head held remarkably well and left dripping fingers of craggy lace clawing at the glass.

It was quite yeasty in the nose, even with the first (clearer) pour, and there were some very mild off-notes of acetone. I found it lightly chalky and delicately fruity with some dried apricot or white grapes, citrus rind, a flicker of hops, and some dull, straw-like maltiness.

In the mouth it was effervescent with a very-fine bubble, no doubt due to its bottle conditioning; and its medium-light body left it airy but still a bit prickly as it crossed the palate.

Yeast took a leading role in the flavor as it did in the aroma, and it was a bit chalky, citrus rind-like, somewhat spicy, and slightly mineralish over a delicately sweet, damp-straw-like malt base strewn with hops. A solid bitterness backed it, and floral and lightly herbal hops flitted back and forth. It finished dry but not brittle with some lingering yeast and fruitiness. It was well-balanced, and I noted that it fell somewhere between the sweeter and drier versions of the style.

Overall I found it quite enjoyable and I look forward to trying some of their other beers. In the meantime I think I'll purchase a few bottles of this to lay down as I think a bit more conditioning (or at least a better yeast sedimentation) would help.

NeroFiddled, Apr 07, 2006
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.