Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Avg: 4.12
pDev: 12.86%
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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 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.

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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy straw yellow in color. A careful pour resulted in a massive two finger high white head that has excellent properties and consistently left a head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of peppery spices in the nose along with hints of lemon citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the pepper is a bit stronger, and the flavors are more complex with notes of yeast and hints of lemon citrus.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has no traces of alcohol in the taste considering that it is a very strong saison.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i like these funky small timey saisons, and this one is pretty darn bretty. i suspect my poor came from near the bottom of the keg, it almost looks milky, as pale yellow straw colored as beer can beer, frosty looking with just a ton of creamy brett in suspension. still somehow light and delicate though despite being as yeasty as it is. pale wheat malt base, tons of brett in the nose. its mild and real farmy, funked out, definitely made in belgium. creamy wheat flavor up front, brilliant grassy middle, maybe from hops, maybe some yeast i want to culture and use at home, but its really neat. that milky base feel would be off putting if the brett didnt lighten it up and dry it out on the back end. i think its got nice carbonation too. i would really like to buy a bottle of this and see how it compared to what i suspect is a dreggy pour from a keg. its neat beer though, no doubt about that, one of the more interesting yeast complexions going, and a great introduction to this brewery for me. i have seen a little of their beer around lately, this is good enough to make me want to buy more. very very interesting, cool bretty finish.

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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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a transparent looking yellow color with a minimal amount of head and lacing. The smell of the beer doesn't have much of a farmhouse aroma at all which is fine in my opinion. It does have some lively aromas of lemon and bready yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer also has the lemons coming in strong with a grainy light aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little thin but has a pretty good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a really refreshing brew I just feel that it's a little too light. Still worth trying though.

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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

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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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy yellow/beige color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and loads of foam sticking to the glass. Aroma is quite spicy which is probably coming from the yeast strain used by the brewer. Taste is a mix between some deep semi-sweet Belgian malt, some fruity ester and a spicy finish from the yeast with some light funky notes as well. Body is full with limited filtration with some great carbonation. Very well done overall but I still think this is a notch below the Dupont.

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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.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A very bright and vibrant golden yellow pour with some nice haze and a fluffy white head.

S: Tons of citrus zestiness, primarily lemons, with a bit of bready malts. There is also a good floral note to the nose which brings out the perception of honey.

T: The combination of mildly sweet and bready malts along with the strong lemon component is quite nice. The floral character is not quite as pronounced as in the nose, but still lends the beer a touch of honey flavor. Perhaps a touch of grass on the back end.

M: Light in body with plenty of effervescence and a little bit of dryness.

D: A really nice, "light" beer for a warm day. I hesitate to say light for a 7.5% beer, but it drinks quite easily and is refreshing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Hazy, pale straw-colored body with a full, dense, white head. Kudos on the copious amounts of lacing, d'Erpe Mere.

Smell: Spiced wheat cake cooked up with white pepper and cloves and garnished with a lemon twist and discarded melon husk. Minor flowering herb note.

Taste: Two-pronged attack of malty sweetness and tangy wheat great the palate dutifully followed by a hint of honey-coated grain bread and tart citrus. Additional fruit flavors of white peach and melon. Light herbal hoppiness and bitterness. A fair amount of spice, but less than I'd have gathered would be present from the nose. What's really not present at all is any clear funk character. So, yeah, there's no barnyard here. Not even a petting zoo, deplorable puppy mill, or uncleaned gerbil cage. Chalky yeast component leads to the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, yet there's some stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Surprisingly delightful with its expressive flavor profile and refreshingly high degree of drinkability.

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Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam. Good retention and excellent lace. Slightly hazy, light gold body.

S - Slightly funky yeast with tart wheat. Pepper and spicy european hops.

T - Lots of wheat up front, quite tart and refreshing. Musty yeast blends well with the earthy hops and fades to a peppery finish.

M - Medium-thick but creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a great saison with a well balanced blend of funk, spicy yeast, and hops. No one aspect of this beer overwhelms the palate, and it comes together to create complexity that lasts through the end of the glass. Very drinkable.

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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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/12/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, wheat, esters, light caramelized malts, citrus and spices.

T: The taste starts out with a touch of estery sourness that is followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus, bananas and spices. Then some breadiness comes in from wild Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is tart and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

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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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightlty hazed straw/bronze with 2+ fingers of eggshell white head, a bit of a foamer/gusher. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Lemony & peppery notes.

T: Some tartness, lemons, a bit of honey malt & bit of phenolics up front. Lemongrass, a bit of white grape, honey & grains of paradise show up as this warms. Finishes a bit tart with grapefruit, pineapple, apricot & honey malt & lemony tartness, plus whisper of grainyness

MF: Spritzy & fairly light bodied for the abv.

Drinks pretty easy this edges almost closer to a wit than a saison to me, but still works

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but this was purchased fresh recently. Pours slightly hazy pale golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, pepper, pineapple, floral, grass, straw, wheat, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters. Taste of big lemon, apple, pear, pineapple, grass, pepper, coriander, straw, wheat, clove, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Slight citrus tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, pepper, clove, grass, straw, wheat, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance; with a great fruity/spicy ester balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and very crisp mouthfeel that is excellent. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding saison! Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful saison. Bright golden, highly hazed, slim ivory head.

Aromatics, light lemon and orange, delicate spice. Lovely. Particularly peppery, fragrantly fruity.

Taste: Mmmm, Meaty mouthfeel, while being watery enough for the style. Luscious citrus fruit dominates, with spice kicking in behind. Starts easy, gets more complex sitting in the mouth. Slight bitterness. Growing spice. Then turning just a little sweet.

Very interesting beer, this. Incredibly complex and refreshing, all at once.

Keeping it short and simple, all I need to say is: it's good, drink it.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Hunger N Thirst.

A - Pours slightly murky orange with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving thin sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of bready yeast, black pepper, banana, dash of fruit and some earthy hops. A traditional Belgian saison for sure.

T - Starts off with some mild black pepper spice quickly being joined by the bready malt and fruity yeast and finally the banana and light earthy hop bitterness. Finish is a little sweet with plenty of chewiness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, effervescent feel with only a faint hint of booze as it warms up.

O - A nice example of a traditional Belgian saison. It has just enough to keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a three to four finger tall bright white head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small slightly thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant (maybe even massive) amounts of carbonation are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of yeast, black pepper, and lemon/citrus. Just the slightest hint of funk but it is really just in the background.

T: Strong flavors of yeast, lemon/citrus, and lots of black pepper. Very light hint of funk that makes me sure this is a saison at the first taste.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Alcohol is extremely well hidden. This beer is very easy to drink and borders on being sessionable. Wonderful flavors and complexity, probably one of the better saisons I have had ever.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml ive been holding on to for a couple years. Finally popped open and poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with 3 fingers of white head that fades down to a finger. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of yellow cream back to the surface.

The aroma opens up like lime zest. Very bright, fruity and juicy in an unexpected way. It has some accenting fruity malt blending to more caramel or toffee sweetness somewhat like candy. Some slight hints of yeasty sulfur emerge as it warms up and is swirled.

The taste is sweet almost like blegian candy more than malt that blends into a bit of footy straw grain. It is a little earthen and yeasty with light fruity zest towards the finish. More sips reveal a bunch of herbal quality that is fresh and almost minty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A little too sweet sweet with a candy sort of appeal but lots of depth and it is enjoyable. If this was a little more dried out, I would bump up the score but as-is it is still very good.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is extremely pale yellow, completely transparent. The head is thin and white, leaving ample lacing on the sides of the sampler glass. The aroma brings light citrus, yeast, and subtle funk. Wow! Great flavor, with a delectable blend of citrus, funk, yeast, and spices. The feel is thin to medium bodied with adequate carbonation. I really enjoyed this brew, and would certainly have it again.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

06/27/06- Purchased at Holliday Wine Cellars in Escondido, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Wrapped in paper ala Goudenband and capped w/o a cork. Best by date stamped on the paper wrapper. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden straw in color. Not as cloudy as many saisons I have tried. Quite large head....very poch marked in nature. Large sticky bubbled lace chunks everywhere.

Smell- First scent is an overwhelming one of uric acid. Soon it fades leaving a nice lemon rind scent with some peppery spices.

Taste- Lemon is the main culprit here. A good amount of powdered sugar, although not that sweet. Kind of neutral between sweet and sour. A light bit of clove and white pepper round out the beer.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated, dryer mouthfeel.

Drinkability- One of the better saisons out there. Doesn't bring the funk as much as some of the others. Pretty laid back and quite drinkable...just a bit to many bubbles going on for me.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange in color wirh a one finger head that lingers around a while. Thick lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: fruity sweetness, citrus, some mild earthy tones, and a floral bitterness is extremely pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, pepper, yeast, and ripe melons are wrapped in an earthy blanket. Bitterness is more floral here, and the spiciness kicks up late as you swallow.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Long aftertaste as the lemon and spice seem to last the longest on the tongue.

Drinkability: this is a wonderful saison that allows you to experience multiple flavors and change as it warms. Enjoy this one slowly, but a few glasses are definitely possible in a session.

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Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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