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Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Saison D'Erpe-MereSaison D'Erpe-Mere

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%

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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 05:15:52 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of peterdeneyer


4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 20:24:30 | More by peterdeneyer
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. It says Best before on the wrapper but the space beneath it is blank.

A- Pours a light golden color with a full inch of white head that retains well before shrinking down to a full sheet of thick surface foam. Thick, sudsy lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Effervescent saison yeast aroma that's very complex and unique. Slightly soapy but floral with notes of orange, lemon and a discernible spice characteristic.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma but with more of the spice coming through and less of the citrus. Yeast plays a big part in the flavor profile bringing a richness and milkiness that I don't normally get from saisons. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Trace amount of wet cardboard in the aftertaste.

M- Feel is thicker and creamier than most other versions of the style I've had. Tangy and semi-dry with a light body and medium carbonation (also uncommon for the style).

O- As I keep pointing out, this is a very unique saison that tiptoes around the style. It's more bold in texture than most others I've had but has less carbonation. The taste is more spice-heavy but the yeast sort of evens things out. A great saison, although a bit confusing.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:15:31 | More by Immortale25
Photo of STING


3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1

When you first take a sip, the first thing you taste is sunny pastures and golden wheatfields. The after taste; a bitter zing, the pear is well with a lemon and is reminiscent of aged sophistication and earthy grain-fields. The hue combines with the haze of a setting sun that whispered to the golden fields of barley – “you can do better, son,” and thus, SAISON D’ERPE MERE was bequeathed to our lips.

It smells nice. The sweet perfume of the fillies hooves as they sweep down yonder thru the Pasteur.

It looks good. I wont to swimm in its hot yellow goodness. It is thick like lemon gelatin. But it is light, like the tip of a cloud’s tongue.

STING put it best: Man it's a hot one like seven inches from the midday sun. Like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 03:53:24 | More by STING
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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to match1112 for the great BIF beer. Tasted 8 March 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale light wheat yellow. A soft color, with touches of gray and light tan. Hazy enough that I can't see through, but clear enough that I can see the thin column of bubbles in the center. Two plus fingers of big white head, foamy and frothy. Great retention, excellent lacing. Tough to beat.

Smell balances all the aspects I want from a saison, hitting the center more than any other I've encountered. Fruity, floral, and earthy funk, in nearly equal parts. Slightly sweet wheat berries, a soft flowery lightness (gentler and better integrated than the bash-you-over-the-head floral saisons I've had recently), with a base of earthy yeasty notes. All these pieces come together so well. Fantastic.

Taste is the low point, but it's still quite good. More earthy than anything else, with a spicy zest that makes it much more interesting. I want more depth, more variety, though.

Mouthfeel is perfect. The second it hits my mouth, it becomes light and fluffy, but as the carbonation dies down it feels more substantial. So smooth, rising and falling perfectly with the taste. Then finished off with a little tingly burst right at the close. It really doesn't get any better than this.

So many saisons are dominated by one aspect. I see the style as having three main components: flowers, fruit, and funk. This one is dead-center, presenting each side well. And the result is one of the better saisons I've had. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:52:19 | More by zeledonia
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the Hunter Brewing Co. Shared with beer buds Adrian and Sam and whoever else took a sample. I believe it was $16 for a 750ml bottle, which let's face it is a bargain.

Pours a very pale lemony yellow colour, almost the colour of a witbier. It's less cloudy though, and more vivacious with very effusive carbonation. Head is pale and firm, like beaten egg-whites. Lace forms rings as the beer goes down. It looks damn good.

Nose is sharp, but rounded. There's a depth to the aroma, and a little funk, but then it's all about the cutting characteristics: biting lemon, salt and a minerally crystalline structure. It's different to what I expected, and different to the majority of saisons I've had. That in itself is a novelty, and it's good in its own right.

Taste is light but crisp. Spiciness comes through, with herbal, vaguely sharp characters, perhaps a bit of rosemary, layered with soapy, slippery lemon skin and more of those mineral characters. Hint of chlorine backs it out, not in a bad way. Again, it's really very nice.

Feel is light and smooth, and yet bubbly with the carbonation, giving it a pleasant crispness.

Yeah nice saison. Not as full or as funky as some, but it's crisp and prickly throughout—perhaps one of the drier and more refreshing saisons I've had. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 20:47:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 05:35:20 | More by superspak
Photo of MRsojourner


3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:57:31 | More by MRsojourner
Photo of Corkpuller


4.98/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 11:41:45 | More by Corkpuller
Photo of Rifugium


2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 17:58:56 | More by Rifugium
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andrew for sharing this one.

A - Cloudy medium yellow colour with half a finger of off white head.

S - Bready malts, Belgian yeast, sweet honey and spice.

T - Bready malts, Belgian yeast, peppery spice and a light clove presence.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A nice, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 14:39:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of ADZA


4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi hazed golden straw hue with a bubbly three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is freshly cut grass,honeyed malts,chardonay oak,white grapes and must,the mouthfeel is smooth,creamy and medium bodied and has tastes of lemons,limes,sherbet,herbal sticky hops,barnyard funk and finished with a citrus bitterness and overall its definately one of the best Farmhouse Ales i have tried would drink/buy again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 13:18:34 | More by ADZA
Photo of Bendurgin


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. This one pours a hazy pale straw color with a thick cap of creamy white head with good retention.

Floral hops on the aroma with some hints of lemon and citrus in the background. Notes of straw and hay with some pale malts. The pallet gives of some spicy notes with some sweet fruit and a little bit of a hop bite in the finish.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. It's a bit sticky on the finish. Overall this one is enjoyable. Lots of good flavors and nice and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 02:10:10 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color is very light straw, with a bit of haze. There is a large, white foamy head.

The initial aroma has some nice European hops mixed with light bready pilsner malt. There is some nice zesty citrus like fruit in the aroma as well. All the aromatic components mix very well together.

The taste features orange zest and slightly sweet malt. This is light and refreshing.

This is delicious. This is everything I look for in a non-funky saison; that is it's light, crisp and refreshing. It also features quality hop and yeast integration. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 02:02:25 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of spicelab


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor. About the 5th time I've had this.

Plenty hazy pale straw with a busily rising rocky white head, which, after peaking, falls relatively fast with the odd spot of lace.

Contrast of clean and refined peppery grassy and bright herbal aromas against sour notes of cumquat, unripe green apples and grapefruit, with some banana esters and doughy yeast behind. Mild honey and candy floss sweetness. Awesome.

Similar flavour profile. Sweet and tart dominate at different times. Lightish body with moderate jazzy carbonation feeds a clean, dry finish.

Complex and intriguing while highly drinkable. Something of a benchmark Saison for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 07:37:29 | More by spicelab
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at Amanti Vino in Montclair, NJ. I believe this was a 2012 vintage but I’m not 100% positive about that. Pours a hazy and shimmering light gold color with an absurd cap of creamy white foam that hangs around for a long time, finally settling to a thin band on top of the beer. Lacing is extensive and clings to the sides of the glass in creamy sheets. Great appearance.

Very complex aroma; lots of black pepper and other spices (clove is most prominent); some hay and mustiness; bready malt and honey; lemons and other citrus fruits; green apples and other spicy, yeasty esters. Extremely interesting to smell and slowly opens up to reveal further nuances.

The flavor is also quite nice if not as heavily layered as the nose. Assertive yeast, spice, and pepper open things up, followed by the bready malt notes and a light honeyed sweetness that dries up completely in the finish. Subtler fruity aspects emerge as well; citrusy, lemony hops, green apple, hints of melon and pear. If I had a criticism of the beer it would be that the pepper and spice overwhelm the other flavors to a small degree, dominating the flavor profile a smidge, but that’s nitpicking. This is a mighty nice saison.

Body is medium to slightly light; carbonation is crisp and strong; the feel is clean and refreshing. A pleasure to drink; goes down easy and has a lot to offer fans of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 22:53:11 | More by tobelerone
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New York

4.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 20:31:11 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 19:11:12 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of DenverLogan


4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 22:37:19 | More by DenverLogan
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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow/gold with good carbonation and big, lasting head on top of a spicy, peppery, cloe-like aroma. Also hints of citric hops and a touch of herbalness; also touches of light or tropical fruit along w/ sweetness. Body is the same as its light, spicy, has a mild candi sugar and fruit sweetness as a mild fruit (citric and tropical) taste. Well-carbonated with a touch of yeast so goes down easy but is crisp and retains a dry edge and finish to it thanks to minor herbal hops. A little too white-wine like for me as its more crisp than sweet and is rather light-bodied for a saison. Good beer but not my first choice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 16:25:28 | More by clayrock81
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Quebec (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a recent private import. 750ml bottle.

The color of this beer is pale yellow. Nice white foamy head thrones on top of it. Very good looking beer. The head seems to stick well to the glass.

The aroma is floral hops all the way with some citrus notes too. Some farmhouse typical aroma notes there too, funky. Highly carbonated on the looks and also in the mouth. Crisp, almost like champagne. Taste is dominated by citrus notes. Very dry on the finish. Very refreshing. Thin bodied.

The last glass is veiled with all the yeast coming out. Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma now. And on the taste, it appears to be a little bit more bitter and aggressive.

A pretty decent beer and easy to drink. Overall, I really like this one and glad I had 4 other bottles in my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 14:07:42 | More by ZorPrime
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle served into a Duvel Tulips.
Bottle says 7.5% ABV.

A - Pours a honey golden color with a massive rocky white head. Diligent retention with solid lacing.

S - Classic farmhouse aroma, tart apples, pears, stone fruit, lemon, damp wheat, subtle spice, bubblegum, earthy grass,

T - Spiced pears, tangy taffy, peaches, grassy and citrus hops are very prevalent and coat the palate with a peppery sensation. Honey kissed malt, damp wheat, earthy and musky. Finishes dry with a chalky yeast aftertaste.

M - Moderate soft carbonation, flowy feel, really carries the flavors across the palate.

This beer really transforms over a session. Sweet fruit when chilled but as it warms the musty and husky wheat grow adding an earthy twist with tart citrus coming out as well. Perfect carbonation. Has some funkiness on the aftertaste. Very interesting and would recommend for sure!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 00:16:44 | More by StaveHooks
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Crystal clear light golden ale with nice fizz and a decent, bright white cap that leaves nice lacing, but fades over time.

S-Barnyard funk all the way - awesome!

T-Very nice grassiness; dry with a citrus swing that makes for a splendid ale - yum. Became more complex as it warmed up, so give it a chance.

M-Soft with a nice creamy fizz, but not heavy in a distracting way, if that makes sense.

O-Very nice stuff and almost certainly food friendly, too. Worth seeking out. Note that the bottle will probably be wrapped in paper.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 20:39:07 | More by pinotboy007
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4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 03:02:36 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Cloudy, golden color with a nice white head.

S: Citrus (mostly lemon), yeast, and floral hops.

T: Lemon at the front and tart at the end.

M: Beautifully carbonated and compliments the taste well.

O: Excellent example of the style. Would definitely recommend it and drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:54:51 | More by mwthomas
Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.