Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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Reviews by ncvbc:
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
A personal favorite in the realm of Saison. Pours straw golden with lively carbonation and billowy soft white head. Great retention throughout drinking, chunks of lacing down the glass. Smell is slightly restrained but elegant and complex, more than my description could possibly describe. See what I mean? Old mother earth beneath the barnyard. Yeast, some floral scents, lemon, white pepper. Taste is great. The subtle nuances shine through in flavor. A great supporting earthy, musky character to this beer. Slightly sweet then slightly tart. Still not exploding with flavor but delicious indeed. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly on the tongue, yet creamy with a definite dryness in the finish which makes you crave the next sip. One of the more drinkable beers in this category for sure. An excellent example of the style and one that I would put up against the best of the best.
10-30-2010 03:16:54 | More by ncvbc
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4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
11-03-2005 01:37:28 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
01-12-2009 14:21:58 | More by ricke
4.72/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
03-01-2010 00:16:17 | More by JudgeRoughneck
4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
08-15-2007 14:53:21 | More by merlin48
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
05-30-2006 02:23:56 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
04-14-2009 18:08:17 | More by magictrokini
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
03-06-2006 01:08:02 | More by ADR
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
12-31-2005 01:20:17 | More by OStrungT
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
03-07-2009 00:37:47 | More by glid02
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
(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.
06-21-2011 21:41:40 | More by rhoadsrage
4.21/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-09-2014 04:58:41 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
11-30-2008 21:12:35 | More by Metalmonk
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
05-02-2009 00:46:01 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
07-17-2009 02:14:39 | More by augustgarage
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
04-07-2006 02:18:46 | More by NeroFiddled
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
on-tap, brasserie V
appearance: served in la chouffe chalice - hazy straw-orange body, foamy white cap
smell: citrusy, lots of lemon, honey, yeast, white pepper
taste: lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, adequate amount of belgian yeast, light spice. Consumed directly after the lovely Saison Dupont and this one had a larger body with a sharper lemon kick
mouthfeel: fresh, larger body than a number of saisons
06-25-2010 21:05:49 | More by dirtylou
3.83/5 rDev -7.3%
Dated: 30 Juli 2005 (best before end of 2 years after printed date)
Capped 750ml bottle packaged with a decorative paper wrapping. The pour is very Duvel-like with a large frothy head and lively carbonation rising to the top. The aroma is made up largely of grain with a lot of lemon, some grass and a good amount of yeast. The taste is light and grassy with some citrus and a slightly spicy and earthy hop finish. The mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated. Overall, this is a really good saison. It does not have a hight amount of barnyard funk that I have come to really savor in most saisons but this is a solid beer nonetheless. Recommended.
02-20-2007 03:21:22 | More by cjgator3
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
A: Slightly hazy bright yellow hue with a huge, frothing head; lacing is okay
S: Big lemony citrus--lemon rind--up front; a bit of coriander too; a touch of pepper spice; lots of grainy barnyard grassy funk; I am excited to try this!
T: An earthy, wet grassy malt presence with tons of lemon citrus; a touch of coriander and pepper and pear and apple; a good funk with a pleasant dryness on back end
F:Carbonated up front and pleasantly dry at the end--the beer washes through the mouth leaving a nice film behind
D: Great Saison! So drinkable though the dryness does make you keep drinking which sort of creates a cyclical problem...but oh well, this is a good beer.
01-31-2011 03:14:27 | More by dbossman
Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.