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Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Reviews: 200
Hads: 406
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 38
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Corkpuller
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Truly Superb!

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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

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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a 2” dense, rocky white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Lemon and fruit aromas with a slight floral note.
T: Starts lightly sweet and dries out by the finish. Peach, lemon and orange on the palate with light wheat and a finishing bitter hop accent.
F: A very rich texture compost of fine, soft carbonation fills the mouth with soft foam. Medium to medium light body and above average carbonation.
O: Very refreshing, easy to drink and worth seeking out.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of brendan13
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of clvand0
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(large bottle all for me - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: bright and hazy yellow liquid, swift and tall stand of tight, white spongy foam, creamy surface... rocky decay of head... crystalline ring of foam round the top... love that head...

S: powerfully perfumy, almost circus peanut-like esters... flowery soap, perfumed polyester... fuzzy definition of aromas, but somewhat intoxicating intensity

T: spicy (lemony) fruitiness leaps onto the palate... funky yeast, light-moderate acidity, and an almost tart bite... pleasantly spicy phenols lingering in the aftertaste... it's really really dry... subtle tone of under-ripe pear... delicate tartness builds on the front of the tongue... bit of funk and pilsner malt husk in the finish... sort of taffy tone late into it

F: ample carbonation with an airy quality to its overall texture... just about pranced across the taste buds... one of the more bone dry beers you'll come across... bit of a buzz (from the acidity?)

O: this is kind of what you want to shoot for when making a saison - dry, spicy, and full of vivid fruitiness in the background... its dryness perhaps detracts from its depth a fair amount, however, this would go fantastic with a citrusy salad with a light vinaigrette and perhaps some funky blue cheese and candied walnuts... I could drink this all day, and at $11.99...

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a find! Had this on tap at Max's in Fells Point.
Slightly hazy pour with excelent lacing, a huge head and champagne bubbles throughout.
The aroma had hints of bubblegum, lemon pasrty, vanilla, candi sugar, and butter. Excellent.
Citrus and butter, grass, sugars and sweet fruits. Damn near the best Saison I've ever had.
The feel was fizzy then bitter, then fades to smooth, but slightly bland. This was the only shortcoming in the beer, if there was one. It ends a little bit tongue-coating but still a little bland.
Overall this beer was excellent, no ifs ands or buts. Find it and drink it.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear, bright gold color and it is topped by a four-finger thick pale, off-white head. The only thing that differentiates this from an all-malt Pilsner is that this beer is very well carbonated, with a massive head that forms a rocky surface & ample Belgian lacing as it falls slowly back into the beer. The aroma is light, yet alluring with soft notes of freshly bloomed flowers, and a soft fruitiness that has notes of light acidity both of which remind me of pears and tart apples. There is a slightly sharp herbal note here as well, that serves as a nice foil to the other notes. The more I stop to explore the nose on this beer, the more I am really digging it; it is a nice mix of yeast driven notes that form together to make a great aromatic Saison.

The beer starts to explode on my tongue, it has lost some carbonation since I first cracked it, but it is still fairly frothy. It is not so carbonated that the flavors cannot come through . The beer has a nice subtle tartness to it that reminds me of green apple, and continues on through the finish of this beer. The beer is light and refreshing, but has a nice soft sweetness that is driven by a forward grain note that must be a mix of the both the barley and the wheat. Actually I would say that the wheat is a bit more evident in the up-front grain character, and the barley malt contributes a light toasted maltiness to this beer. So, what about the spicy yeast character, well that is definitely here as well. Spicy notes of ginger, clove, white pepper, and definite notes of lemon zest. And yes there is a nice level of hopping here too; there is a solid herbal note here through to the late middle of this beer, and a solid contributing bitterness is found here that grips the palate just so, and lingers on through to the finish.

This beer is an impressive, clean example of a Saison, it does not have the funky / infected notes that are found sometimes, but the character that is here is executed beautifully, brightly, and light. What a great Saison, in fact I have been in Saison heaven tonight. The mix of character in this beer is excellent. Spicy, fruity, hoppy and malty each of these notes is prominent and bright, yet strikes an overall balance that keeps this beer light and quaffable (but at 7.5% can sneak up on you).

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Photo of HiAIPA
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Sayson
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer. Was served in a champagne style bottle with a crown cap. The appearance was perfect. A nice head that turned rocky and has since been extensively lacy. Furthermore, the beer is a straw colored and hazy. I think all these elements are right on for this style.
Smells sweet with a little must. Just what I'm looking for in a saison.
Taste is sweet with a hint of sour in the background. Finishes with a nice mix of swwet and bitterness.
This beer coats the tongue and has a substantial mouthfeel.
I think this beer is very drinkable. Once I finish a swallow, I want more. It is very complex.

Seek it out.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Ebenezer's Pub. Served in a chalice. Cool temperature.

A-golden yellow, marshmallow-like head.

S-yeasty, lemon

T-bell pepper like notes and lemon

M-light, well carbonated

D-Very drinkable beer. Incredible with food. I would drink this beer again.

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Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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