Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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4.98/5 rDev +20.6%
A: Pale, mildly hazy yellow with delicate white head and a small amount of lacing.
S: Lemongrass, light provence herbs, mild bready quality, incredibly complex
T: Very similar to aroma but even more complex. Masterful
M: Really? Crisp pilsner mouthfeel with the feathery quality of wheat. No hint of alcohol. Incredibly delicate. The carbonation is fairly substantial but with a fine bead. If I didn't know it was 6.9%, I'd guess 4.5%
O: If I can find it, I will buy it by the case. I drank this in a sitting that included Cantillon classic on handpump, tilquin on tap and JP Noel on tap. It was a good session, but this beer was special. A real Standout.
Easily the best Saison I've had all year and as good as anything I can remember.
10-23-2012 11:41:45 | More by Corkpuller
4.95/5 rDev +19.9%
Golden straw color...lasting head of different size bubbles. Mild funk and light sweet malt aroma. Rich flavor with a touch of funk, bread, mild malt...notes of white pepper, orange. Really easy drinking and delicious. Not as assertive as many saisons, but I find this easy and tasty, something I could easily down a bottle.
05-27-2012 22:37:19 | More by DenverLogan
4.9/5 rDev +18.6%
I hate to make you jealous, but I bought 3 750mls of this for $4.99 each. This is from a truly tiny, craft, and authentic Belgian Brewery.
A-Glorious, glowing, straw yellow with tons of carbonation right from the start. A densely packed, airy white head formed immediately. The super-fine bubbles created an absolutely beautiful presentation. The body had a small amount of yeast suspension, but overall, it was remarkably clear. The active carbonation danced all over the glass.
S-Wonderful, fresh, aroma. There were traces of cut straw, peppery spice, fruity zest, and doughy malt. There is a slight cellar aroma that is lovely. Of course there is a wonderful earthiness that pleases the senses.
T/M-This is as close to a perfectly authentic Saison as you can get. A slightly bitter and citrusy lead finishes wonderfully dry and spicy. A grainy texture leaves very little residual sweetness. The spices seem to be subtle enough to assume it is was a welcomed side affect of a warm fermentation. The crispness leaves you hanging for more. I am stunned by the perfection of this.
D-I do not even know where to start with this. I am not kidding that I could easily commit to accepting this as my life-long beer. If you are someone who can appreciate the delicacies of a true Saison, you will LOVE this. I plan to head back to the store I got this and clean out their stock so that I can share it with friends.
08-25-2007 02:21:31 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
4.78/5 rDev +15.7%
750 ml unwrapped bottle marked as 7.5% alc/vol.
Poured into a 22 ounce glass leaving the heavy sediment behind.
A - hazy straw color with two fingers of fizzy lacy head atop a continuous stream of fine bubbles.
S - grassy lemon zest and fruit esters with an earthy yeasty background.
T - zippy crisp saison bite that holds a great many flavors in a nice blend: grass, citrus, bread, light fruits, earthy peppery yeast, slight sour/tart yet sweet. Very nice.
M - medium bodied with fantastic carbonation and an easy feel that leaves just a lingering slightly dry tart behind.
D - hard to find the 7.5% alcohol but I'm sure it'll find me because this one is going down easy.
Easily among the finest of what I want from a Saison.
03-19-2012 03:02:36 | More by Beer4Baltimore
4.75/5 rDev +15%
This is the first farmhouse ale I ever reviewed.
When I first opened the bottle it foamed for quite some time - typical bottle conditioned.
A: Ligth golden with a red tone. A bit hazy.
S: Yeast (Brettanomyces???), an acidlike, hoppy fruity smell (citrus?) - Complex!!!
T: Little rough in them beginning with a hint of yeast, then I can taste acid, fruit (citrus), malt. The hops kicks in after a little while. This is a dry beer. I can also taste the alkohol.
M: Light and the carbonation is well balanced.
D: Farmhouse ale is pretty hard to mess up. Overall a great beer that I can't wait to get my hands on again.
06-26-2009 19:22:38 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.73/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
04-16-2013 20:24:30 | More by peterdeneyer
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
4.72/5 rDev +14.3%
Pours with two inches of head after I swirl the bottle quite profusely. Some lace is left on the glass. The body is like a sunset, a yellow sunset. Aroma of lemon, spices, and plenty of funk.
The flavor is very complex. An initial burst of lemon is quickly overtaken by hops, spice, and yeast. The finish is bitter for the style, and there is a musty, funky aftertaste that distinguishes this as a world class beer. Mouthfeel is creamy, and highly carbonated. The complexity of the flavor prevents me from drinking this too quickly.
11-15-2005 01:49:36 | More by Sephiroth
4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
Color- light straw, cloudy
Nose- tart apricot, bananna
Taste- fruit up front, belgo-yeast on the back
Mouth- drank out of a duvel tulip so the high carbonation was accentuated
this is as close to a fresh version of fantome as I will ever be able to find in the 716. This bottle was produced on the "15 Mei 2010". Not too shabby. Perfect for my taste in saison.
12-30-2010 00:46:35 | More by jfro
4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
Was this the winner of the night? I thought so.
L: trouble, whitebeer look, because of the wheat (?); good top;
S: you can keep on smelling this beer; it differs every time, flowery, orange, dried yellow fruit;
T: this is also an exploration; flowery, nice bitterishness;
M: just very nice, great alcohol and aftertaste;
O: almost perfect beer!
01-06-2012 13:13:02 | More by Filosoof
4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
ok... how do i begin. upon popping the foam comes out of the bottle a bit lava like. this means you're about to drink it at the perfect tempeture. pour very delicately, aggressive foam as it hits the glass. perfect straw color, light murk, medium to large head. its billowing with tons of lace. smell is grass, dough, lemon, and a funk of earth. taste is something else. i'm hungry now. theres the straw. there is very light dough flavor. very minty hop and lemony hop that have the quality of a gin and tonic mineral accents on the tongue. the malt is bark, earth. a sort of clay chalky dough yeastiness with the funk of old wood cellar. and this with the hops sits there for a bit on the palate. this is a fantastic beer. definate something to write home about. the meatiness is particular but really something out of this world.
ps... don't have it on tap it is sort of a waste in comparison. don't have the delicate stale essence that makes it so good.
10-15-2008 08:34:08 | More by rtepiak
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
4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
Unbelievable consistend and thick head staying forever and a clowdy golden beercolor. Nose is unbelievable; very spicy but hard to tell wich herbs must have gotten in this brew but would say at least gagel, koreander, paradijszaad. Nice but very clean stable with litle sourness and a wheatmalt carracter plus some banana esters make it complex and for a saison very clean but good nose. Taste is also very fresh and complex but makes you enjoy every tiny sip. Wowww what a brew this is giving a full but dry overal taste with some orange and decent sourness. Maltyness also there remembering also a lot of wheat and that with dry and lightly bitter aftertaste that also gives some honeynote. Perfect carbonisation makes mouthfeel to one of the best I've ever expirienced. Drinkability is also good but maybe too good cause easy drinkable. IMHO this one concurs to Dupont very well and maybe Saizon Dupont even found a master.
06-29-2005 17:53:55 | More by paterlodie
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
10-27-2013 00:11:28 | More by marcobrau
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
Upon opening the bottle it gushes imediately.
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden with a fluffy inch of white head. Carbonation bubbles racing to the top even after a few minutes of pouring keeps the head persistant.
S - Honey & Peach notes dominate the aroma with some subtle spicy notes.
T - The taste is much like the smell; honey and peaches with pepper spicy qualities also noticeable.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a very high carbonation level.
D - Carbonation is great but gushers annoy me. That aside, this is an artisinal product & things like this happen. ABV% is fairly high but not noticeable. A Saison I'd recommend & buy more of.
08-18-2010 12:28:37 | More by brendan13
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured at Eb's from a 750ml bottle. This one foamed nicely and gave a 4 inch head in the first glass. Crisp tart aromas of hay, wheat, lemon. Taste and drinkability are exceptional. Started off like a Delerium or Corsendonk, but then morphed into the traditional saison finish. This is a lighter saison, extremely drinkable this time of year and not too heavily spiced. Excellent.
I think fresh is the word with this bottling. Pay attention to the date on the wrapper and comply! Had a bottle within drinking window and produced a massive head, and had that farmhouse character great Saisons have. Had two bottles a year past the date on the wrapper and while good, they lacked that additional complexity of the fresher version.
06-21-2009 22:45:44 | More by HiAIPA
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
This one pours a cloudy yellow color with a very tall white head that has good retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is great. Lemon and pepper along with other spices and plenty of yeasty zest. The flavor is extremely crisp. Lots of lemony-zesty flavors along with some peppery spices and a bit of grassy. Extremely tasty. The body is medium and has a very crisp finish. The drinkability is very good.
10-09-2007 11:38:20 | More by clvand0
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
Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.