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Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 37
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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 Nickls
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light hazy straw yellow, and poured with a frothy and wonderful white head

S - Raw, sharp citrus fruit aromas with very present yeastiness. Sharp and tangy

T - Taste mimics the nose with bitter/tangy fresh citrus flavors that start sharp, but finish very pleasantly. Raw and a bit earthy, but absolutely fantastic in complexity for the style

M - Light MF, and very spritzy. Definitely enjoyable and suits the tang of the flavor

D - Very good on this front. The complexity, and refreshing nature of the brew is easy drinking for me. The abv is not too overwhelming, and the alcohol never rears its head.

Overall, this is certainly one of the better saisons that I've had in a while. Fantastic on all fronts, and I would highly recommend.

Photo of jbmorch
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very impressive, especially knowing that it wasn't spiced at all. There are strong citrus and spice flavors that you taste up front. At first I noticed the sweetness, but only for a fraction of a second before the acid flavors and the bubbles came in to balance it out. The bubbles improved the mouthfeel, maybe I've been drinking too much on tap lately but they were bigger and more active than I'm used to.

I'm not sure if this is a gateway beer for the saison initiate - there are too many flavors going on, more than a standard version. Maybe it is the specific combination of barley and wheat malt, or the yeast they have selected, I don't know. But throughout the glass I kept noticing new tastes.

This beer benefits from a few minutes of hand-warming if it comes straight out of the cooler.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As with so many Belgians of this type, bubbles are almost infinite, feeding a creamy head that crackles and pops and stays put for the duration. Color is sunny yellow-orange.

Lightly floral nose, hibiscus and violet, with a strong mineral earthiness. Maybe a light touch of honey, and even light yeast, but the mineral/soil smell really dominates.

Champagne-like green apple meets earth/soil and yeast on the tongue. Flowery, mellow honey, lemon tea, even honeydew melon middle and back. Flavor doesn't bowl you over right away, but after a few sips it becomes impressive in its subtlety and depth. Fine crispness on the tongue, and pretty dry.

The earth/mineral elements hang on tightest in the semi-tart finish, with only the flower, fruit and honey appearing as ghosts. It keeps you grabbing for more. I could see this working best on a hot day, where I could probably sip through two of these big-ass bottles in a sitting. A loooong, lazy sitting. No need for the bells and whistles of snazzy marketing--this is old-school, no-nonsense Belgian saison all the way.

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

A: Pours a hazy lemon color with a huge featherly 3 finger white head.

S: Sweet citrus, soft lemon peel aroma.

T: Starts off tart, with some sour citrus with a light mouthful and some fizziness. Some fruitiness, spicy apples, dry oranges with a good fading sourness. Very clean, spicy and light going down. Has a nice spicy hop fade, with coriander spicing, green apples, honey malt with a smooth texture.

M: crisp, dry, with a good carbonation bite livens up the mouthful.

D: Overall a good saison with good drinkability and worthy of a recommend.

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.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Ebenezer's in Lovell , ME.

Pours a bright but cloudy gold with a one-finger off-white head that fades quickly to nothing. No lacing.

Typical saison smell: yeast, lemon zest, coriander, white pepper, and a hint of clove.

Taste starts out with some sweet bready malts, which is quickly balanced by some bitter lemon zest and yeast. Finishes with some white pepper and clove which lend themselves to a long, dry, bitter finish.

Light to medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very crisp and dry.

Very refreshing and highly drinkable. Something that I could probably drink all day long on a hot summer day, or all night after a long day's work.

Photo of soupyman10
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an odd one. Maybe I should have known that right off the bat, given the general descriptions, but it's not your standard saison, that's for sure. Appearance is normal and appropriate to the style, a light yellow color with a nice fluffy head that takes it's time. Nose has a not-standard smell though. The normal saison funk's not quite there, much more citrusy, with some kiwi in there too. That oddness takes even greater hold with the flavor, as the kiwi turns into a long, extended bitter aftertaste that definitely equals and almost overpowers the more stereotypically "saison" initial flavors. Again, it's not bad, it's just weird. Body is nice, with good carbonation. Again, weird, and not really one I'd go back to over the more normal saisons, but a nice change of pace.

Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy yellow with substantial champagne like bubbles and a thin white head.

S-Lemon and range scents with a hint of breadiness.

T-Very tasty. Strong citrus notes throughout with a slight bite in the finish. A bit of spiciness as well.

M-Nice and light. The carbonation really works well for this one.

D-A very good saison, nicely drinkable.


Photo of MiScusi
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA. Comes poured in its own tulip, a bright cloudy gold with a nice white finger cap. The smell is highly Belgian yeast and all those unique spicy flavors they pump out. Seemed to be mostly a phenolic taste, overall light to medium in mouthfeel and finishing with an earthy bitterness. Really easy to drink and a nice accompaniment to lunch, though I could enjoy this at any time.

Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Delerium Tremens tulip. Poured a hazy straw gold with tiny bubbles effervescing from the bottom of the glass to the cap. Two and a half inch rocky, bright white head sizzled and popped as the head disspated, leaving behind sticking strands of lacing. Head was refreshed with each pour. Scent of yeast, wheat and citrus. Citrus revealed itself as lemon zest, as well as a slightly spicey and peppery character. Wheat and yeast were also represented, as well as a slightly metallic flavor in the background. Light and effervescent mouthfeel with a little bit of creaminess due to the lingering head and a mild citrus astringency at the very back. Drinkability was good. Alcohol was well-hidden, but would have been better without the metallic character in the taste.

Photo of goschool
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The pour is light gold in color topped by a frothy bright white head.

Smell: The nose has a sharp mix of zesty lemon, coriander, flowers, green apple, apricots, ginger, herbs, and white pepper.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out bright with lemon peel and white pepper. Green apples, herbs, earth, yeast, and apricot add complexity in the mid-palate. A moderate hop bite, spices, coriander, and lightly toasted sweet malt enter the mix for the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's light to medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: This saison brings delicious flavors to the table without using sourness as a hook. It's clean, drinkable, and terrific.

Photo of cbros
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a milky pale orange, with medium to little head that ended in a white lace by the end

S- hints of citrus fruit present along with a scent of bannanna

T- A citrus flavor is present that desends into a bitter aftertaste. I felt that it was dry and hoppy that stayed on the tongue long after you finished your drink.

M- A dry aftertaste that was shadowed by its bitter nature. You can taste the flavors of citrus and fruit. This beer definately stays with you after you are done.

D- While not my favorite Saison I am glad that I tried it. I would be hard pressed to choose this beer again but I am glad that I had the chance to experience it first hand.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy, almost opaque golden yellow color. Huge chunky white head with remarkable lacing.

S - Fruity yeast smell. A little funk and some lemon. Also a little biscuity malt aroma.

T - Citrusy yeast taste. A hint of spice as well. Mild hop bitterness to provide a little balance. Leaves a rather tart aftertaste.

M/D - Medium bodied and on the chewy side. My first saison and I like it. A very drinkable brew. Similar in taste to the Orval Belgian Pale Ale that I had earlier.

Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

First off, this beer has TONS of carbonation to it. The pour left me with 2-2.5 inches of snowy foam. Sexy. Tons of bubbles are pouring up from the bottom, perhaps it's the beer, perhaps the glass was dirty. Great head retention. Even after 5 minutes there is still plenty of foam. The color is straw-golden and very enticing. I'm mesmerized just watching all the tiny little bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass and no, I'm not currently on any mind-altering substances. Anyways, when I took a whiff I got a pronounced aroma of bread and some mild citrus. I've never tried this type of beer before so I had no idea what to expect. When I took a sip my tongue was greeted with an intense burst of bubbles, reminded me of soda water, but you know...much better tasting. I can only describe the taste with one word: crisp. Although this style didn't seem to jump at me and it's definitely not something I'd drink on an everyday basis, I'll definitely try it again.

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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A slight murky, yellow, golden, orange beer with an enormous head that easily foams over when poured in the glass. The carbonation is high, lots of streams rise quicly to the top.

Smell is fresh with typical Saison smells like Dupont beers have. I smell cork, and citric notes supported by a big hoppy smell which also has citric notes of lemon. A light tartness is noticable.

Taste is corky with lemon zest and very minor rubbery tastes. The yeast plays the biggest role and produces fresh, almost sour, cork, lemon zest and clove. The hops are raw and mild resinous, they add an extra depth. The body is quite thin and the beer misses just a bit of complexity that other saisons have.

Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML capped and paper wrapped bottle. Bottling date "24 OKT 2007."

Chill hazed golden colored beer with a strong white head, pour this one carefully.

Abundant aroma hits you from a distance, Belgian light Candi sugar and flowers. Spicy smell with strong coriander and a strong herbal bite. Flower scents are a bit obscured by the herbal bite. This is an exceptionally strongly scented Saison but peach and lemon do manage to overcome the herbs.

The taste starts out spicy and herbal much like the smell. Very slightly sweet but this is a powerfully spicy ale so it says something that it can be sensed at all. Flowers do manage to breakout from the spice this isn't a lightly flavored Saison. I know I have mentioned spice rather a lot in this beer but it is the one word that really sums it up. This beer is a bit young in the bottle but the spiciness is to the point of being hot almost in intensity.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability will probably be better with an older bottle of this after the intensity fades a little bit. This three-month-old bottle is on the aggressive side right now. Still I will absolutely finish the bottle and I will buy it again. Powerful Juju Magic in this bottle.

Photo of Gmann
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a huge dense whip cream like head. Awesome lacing, this is how beer should look. The smell is of tart citrus, mainly lemon, green apple skins, and a dry hay like malt aroma. The taste is of tart citrus and green apples, a touch of candi sugar, and a slight metallic twang. Not as barnyard as I hoped. The feel is moderate with light carbonation, finishes more on the tart side of the saison spectrum. A nice saison and a very good one if you like them tart. I like more spiciness to my saison but this was still very enjoyable and it looks fantastic.

Photo of timtim
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy straw golden/honey colored with a big, fluffy, white head that held well and left georgeous lace. nose was fruity (pear, peach, apricot), spicy yeasty (white pepper and such), and a little bicuity. taste had all the characteristics of the nose, but hit my palate with a slightly tart lemony citrusy attack, and finished with a spritzy wheaty taste. mouthfeel was really great. much silkier and smoother than expected, with just the right ammount of carbonation. dangerously drinkable. one of the nicest saisons i've had.

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

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Kinda a dark lager yellow color, bot really golden though... Kinda wierd actually. Good head with good retention.

S - Honey dominates, with apricot, biscut, lemon, and slight grassy hops. Powerful, clean, Very good.

T - Starts out with lots of citric flavors, with building honey flavors. The finish is lightly hoppy (grassy) and spicy, while being quite funky. Not quite deep, but very quafable, exactly what I look for from this style.

M - Crisp and lively. No complaints here.

D - This was really good, Will be a fun thing to recomend as an alternative or addition to Saison Dupont. Complex enough to want another glass, and sessionable enough to be able to.

Photo of nortmand
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange, with a big rocky head that leaves a ton of lace.

Sweet cinnamon and orange peel. Lemongrass tang and metallic stuff.

Sweet up front. Rich almost toffee-chocolate like notes midtongue. Leaves an unpleasant metallic bitterness.

Medium bodied, fairly drinkable despite the metallic tang.

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.

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

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with good head retention and fair lacing. On the nose I get some light citrus, spice and honey. Not a lot on the nose, but what I do get is pleasant enough. On the palate there is a lot going on. The beer starts off with some moderate sweetness, but then one gets some pepper and bitterness on the finish. The finish is actually quite dry with noticeable bitterness. There is a nice smooth mouthfeel, and one does notice the 7.5% towards the end of the finish. Nevertheless, this beer finishes quite well with the abv. well disguised.

This is a nice beer and reminds me somewhat of a baby version of the Houblon from Chouffe.

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

Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.