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Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Reviews: 199
Hads: 400
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 36
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren visit their website
Belgium

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 neonbrown82
2.36/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Meh. Tastes like a warm malt liquor even when served at proper temperature. Or in other words, tastes like sweaty gym socks. Very disappointing considering how much I enjoyed the winter scotch ale from the same brewery.

Pours to a pale straw yellow color. Very clear with a nice sparkling carbonation and an excellent creamy foam that sticks around forever and laces the glass very well.

The smell is alright, but it has a very corny aroma for some reason. The first thing that came to mind was Dogfish Head Liquor de Malt when I smelled this beer, and the taste confirmed it. Sweet, musty, grainy, with that sweaty gym socks/malt liquor corn aroma. It only gets worse when it comes into direct contact with the palate.

Not recommended for anybody. (757 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.76/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a slightly cloudy pale golden color with a small cap of white head that settled from a gush of foam that poured from the tap. This further receded to a thin ringlet, leaving dots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of corn and toasted grains, mellow funk, grass. On the palate, very plain and bland, though extremely crackery, with hints of mellow grassy funk and bitter citrus peel. The taste was definitely lacking, but on the plus side, this beer drank very easily, light body, and the higher ABV was nearly undetectable. Not something I'd go back for. (616 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2005 (tasted in 2008)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a sturdy beaten egg white head that persists perfectly and leaves patterns of abstract designs in the chalice

Smell: Whoa Nellie, there is something gone wrong here. On some whiffs, I pull in the characteristic Saison aromatics of green apples, pears, barnyard funk and yeast and on others, it smells like gasoline (or should I say petrol, given its heritage)

Taste: Holding my nostrils and swirling it on my tongue produces a combination of the aromatic elements, with the addition of a lemony element; fortunately, the balance is in favor of the Saison; the flavor does not develop much after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy; just like I would expect

Drinkability: I guess this beer just cannot last this long in the cellar so I will have to try it on another occasion (867 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed this beer on tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL with (among others) my two brothers-in-law Steven and Mat August 21st, 2010. Mat lives within minutes of this place and we enjoy visiting there when I am in town. Poured into a Bavarian Lodge logo'd tulip glass.

A Awesome, creamy light head over a hazy but translucent light yellow body. 4.5

S Spicy, saison like light sweetness. Kind of basic but pleasant, inviting. 3.0

T Rather basic Saison light, spicy sweetness. 3.0

M Soft, typical saison feel. Nothing surprising here. 3.0

D Fair to good as this is a fine beer but it did not inspire me very much that night. 3.5 (666 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle wrapped and capped

pours into a chalice with a big soapy head.. after a few minutes, the glass had a flat-top of foam peeking out above the rim. golden, slightly hazy appearance with some light orange highlights. very carbonated. once the foam dissolved (15 mins), i was able to grab a sniff or two..

smells, well, belgian. possessing something very acidic which leads to bitterness in the nose. vinegary. light overall though and evoking berry notes.

very young flavor. alcohol and taste are completely separate here, like unshaken salad dressing. the whole thing sweats the belgian sweetness of lemon and orange rinds, sugar and clover. nothing much here at this point that screams 'saison,' bigger on malt and light on spice. very buttery with an overabundance of botanical-carrying carbonation. bitter but not sour. closer to an orval clone than a saison.

this beer certianly has potential, right now it is nothing special. is it age? the recipe? the lack of style? i do however have faith that the flavors will combine, the sourness will grow, and the beer will improve with age. will revisit. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is sweaty cotton and barnyard hay with sweeter fruit undertones. Murky gold color with a bubbly white head. Lots of citrus (lemon and tangerine) in the fore. Mild mustiness and a lot of both herbal and floral notes. Thinnish palate, but the flavor is good and it’s very drinkable. (287 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow color with some ripe banana hues and lighter golden yellow hues when held to a light source with a large three finger frothy pillowy white head. Excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with spots od soapy lacing.

Spicy peppery aroma with hints of lemon peel, crisp light fruit, citrus lemon and orange peel and possibly some subtle cherry.

Once again the falvor is very spicy and peppery with a bit of lemon zest along with hints of orange and lemon peel. Creamy medium body with hints of other light fruits, mostly cherry. The spiciness is very prominent and lingers throughout into a spicy citrus finish. This was a decent saison but I wish that it was a little more balanced with less of the earthy spice flavor that dominates the flavor. (812 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Like this one a little more than the tripel. Poured with a large off white foamy frothy textured head and lots of lace. Bits of sediment are in head and liquid which is colored a cloudy amber. Aroma is malty and yeasty. Flavor is drier and more bitter than the tripel but lots of similarity and malt yeast and a little hop and fruit. Very good body and carbonation. Finish is good and helps to make it a session beer. (417 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy light golden color with huge fluffy white head with lots of thin sticky lacing.

Very yeasty smell with some light alcohol shining through. The yeast is a little overpowering in the nose. There's a faint smell of light fruits in the back.

Yeast with a slightly sour finish that isn't unbearable but isn't delightful. It's a little bland... Sort of like straw or hay.

This one isn't spectacular but is far from the drain... Middle of the road saison... (473 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Explodes out of bottle with a white head that takes a while to fade leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Floral nose. Fierce carbonation - like champagne and medium bodied. Flavor starts with some sweetness becomes tart, smooth anyway, dry finish. $8.99 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (310 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #12010, cellared for a little over a year. 750ml bottle served at just over fridge temperature in the trusty Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Pale gold, with an *extremely* loud crackling head. There's wild activity inside the glass, and the massive four-finger snow white crown remains fully intact.

Smell- I began to choke while inhaling this for the first time. Once I regained my breath, notes of hay and malts came forth along with grassy hops. Big alcohol aroma for the style.

Taste- Sharp and cutting, the beer's palate gets right to the point and emphasizes a grassy, straw-like flavor that beckons summertime sipping. The finish is bone dry with some very bold hops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Excellent texture, on the brighter side of eloquent. The sediment addition quiets the mouthfeel and imparts a heavier texture. I enjoyed this beer. (851 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml paper-wrapped brown bottle with cap. paper wrapping indicates date of 12 aug 2008

HUGE GUSHER!!! immediately upon even the slightest crack open with the bottle opener, it literally spewed out VIOLENTLY in all directions, like a fountain! i probably lost about 1/4 of the bottle from this! seriously, this was a mentos+diet-coke situation!

golden straw with orange tones. cloudy and full of sediment particles (probably from the gushing). huge, gush-induced head, becomes bumpy, rocky and loosely foamy, but stays around, eventually becoming a bumpy yet wispy layer. moderate amount of puffy lacing.

aroma: lots of peppery phenols, not completely overpowering, but you definitely smell them before anything else. fruity pears, bready yeast and malt, notes of hay from the hops. alcohol, esters and phenols in the backend.

flavors very similar, with that peppery phenolic and alcohol bit, slightly off-balance for the finish. moderate bitterness from grassy hops that is accentuated by the phenols and astringency. touch of acidity near the finish.

medium body, almost creamy, especially the carbonation, but gets sliced and diced by that sharp phenolic bite again, getting astringent with touch of acidity.

good god, learn to control your bottle conditioning! (1,270 characters)

Photo of dgallina
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle without date.

Pours hazy golden yellow with very large rocky white head, sticky thin lace. Smells predominantly fruity; lemon over hops with a medicinal alcohol background. The aromatic fruitiness doesn't really carry over into the flavor. Hay, hops, a touch of lime, and lightly toasted grains finish quickly with an unsatisfying medicinal alcohol sourness, dry yeastiness, and metallic twang. Full of tingly effervescence in the mouth.

Easy drinking and moderately refreshing. The flavor is something of a let-down compared with the nose. (560 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not like the Saison that I am used to. This brew is more sinister in character, more like a winter night brew than a summer day brew.

G – Delirium tulip

A – Golden-orange and hazy, with a small wispy head.

S – I am getting faint tobacco and mesquite smoke under a rich golden malt and a vinous, boozy aroma. Strange, but intriguing.

T – Olfactory becomes gustatory. Quite 'hot', considering the relatively low ABV. It reminds me of Avery's (16%!)The Beast, strangely. I would say this is the Wee Heavy of Saisons. The body is quite full, the malt very rich and sweetly roasted, and big vinous-alcoholic tones emanate from it. The alcohol presence could be very distracting if you were of a sensitive / soft sensibility.

M – Slightly too viscous for my liking, but only by a small margin. More effervescence might've made for a greater flavor dynamic.

D – This is a very interesting beer, but it is too low on ABV to be tasting so potent. (987 characters)

Photo of Throckmorton
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. lovely orangy-golden, very hazy. held it side by side with Saison Dupont and could barely tell them apart.

S. floral and sweet, none of the good funk and spice of Dupont.

T. nice and dry, but entirely different from Dupont. Tho dry, it is somehow sweet-ish - I guess through yeasty by-products or spices?

M. light, despite rich thick appearance.

D. well, it just wasn't there for me. By the end of my glass, I was happy I'd had it, but just as happy to move on. (468 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at State Line in Elkton, MD. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a nice straw color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some light lemon and citrus plus some hay and wheat. Faint earth and spice there, but not quite as much as the citrus component. Good wheat and some sight citrus in the flavor. Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish. (391 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If I were blindfolded I'd declare this a Saison.
I wish it produced more of a nose-- in a way it's a bit of a surprise for what's to follow.
Poured with a frothy head that was short lived but laced the glass and settled down to a stable enduring blanket covering of the beer's surface.
The flavor is a lively combination that danced on my palate composed of effervescence, hops distinction intertwined with malt and hints of yeast. All together the shifting flavors made for a citrus like tang and a well controlled demeanor to the finish.
This is a wonderful beer to enjoy anytime but especially on a nice summer's day. It's too fine to guzzle as a thirst quencher-- but wonderful to serve to those weary of stronger craft brews or those new to the world of fine beer. (771 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really spicy yeast aroma. Bread and pepper right off. Light hop zing too. Underneath it all is some nice pilsner malt aromas. Some fruity esters from the fermentation too.

Nice gold color with a big thick lasting head. Fully 5 minutes after pouring there's still a 1/2 inch of foam. Lots and lots of rising carbonation bubbles.

What hits me right off is the biting carbonation that makes this seem more bitter than it really is. Actually, it's very malty and honey and fruity ester flavored. The hops are present for bitterness and there's also a good spicey hop flavor. Add in some earthy esters and it's a really nice ale. But the high carbonation washes away most of the flavor before you can really get to it.

Medium bodied and very foamy in the mouth.

I want to really like this beer but the carbonation level gets in the way. I think the flavors are really good but a little too hard to pick out over the carbonation bite. (942 characters)

Photo of MRsojourner
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is stinky and musty and thinly orange
Color is of darker hay and straw mildly hazy
Taste is also of orange and pepper. heavy yeast derived spicy flavor. tad bit of lingering piney earthy hop bitterness that sticks around the sides of your mouth.
the saison finishes nice and dry, beckoning for another sip. Solid
I wish the taste was as funky as the aroma but still a very good saison (391 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Wit-like lemony colored, with a large, frothy meringue that danced on top of my glass.

Smell: Yeasty and freshly baked gingerbread aroma.

Taste: Lively carbonation, good body, plenty of complex spices and a decent hop finish with a sour twist at the end which was very nice. (292 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Paradiso in a nonic.

A: The saison is a pale golden color, straw-like with a cloudiness that runs through the saison. Not much of a head to report.

S: Pepper, lemony citrus, and honey all come together in the nose. A little musty, the saison comes close to funky but falls just short.

T: Biscuity malts, light, hold court amongst the saison additions. Peppery coriander and lemons create a mildly acidic spice presence. Honey adds fullness to each sip, if not flavor. Floral and funky, the yeast delivers just enough dirtiness to make me think. A good saison, but just good.

M: The saison has a strong spice profile and really benefits from the musty yeast strain. A decent saison that would be worth another try. (727 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to timtheenchanta for sharing this one with me.

This beer was tasted in a tulip glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a golden yellow with frothy white head that leaves a nice film and laces very well. It has a somewhat grapy smell with other aromas of orange and lemon. The aroma of Belgian Yeast however swims around all of these other smells. The taste is primarily Belgian Yeast with light fruit flavors. The beer is a little more watery than is to be desires but still better than average. Overall this is pretty good but not for every day. (557 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-07-30 At Capone's in Norristown, PA

A - Light, hazy straw with a 1-finger head and light lacing.

S - White grape, cider and mild yeast.

T - Bread, white grape, apple, pear, citrus, sour yeast and light hops.

M - Smooth, fat, creamy, bubbly and very soft on the palate.

O - I liked this but generally would prefer a bolder saison. (352 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy straw with a thick, rocky head. Smells of bready malts and pungent yeast. Tastes of honeyed bread, earthy, fungal yeast, spice, and dull bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fluffy with a smooth carbonation. This is a good saison, but not mind-blowing. A little too sweet for me. (305 characters)

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Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.