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Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 36
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 381 | Reviews: 195
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub served in the appropriate branded glass as usual. Pours with a finely beaded white head and a slightly hazy golden/orange color. Some lacing. Smells herbal and of white pepper and a slightly sour grassiness. Tastes beautifully soft and peppery with coriander and some herbs and perhaps the slightest spritz of lemon. Notes of anise on the finish. Soft and smooth in the mouth, and delicious. One of the nicer Saisons out there.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 4/19/2008. First pour is a little effervescent so I enjoy a glass of this, let the rest of the bottle sit for a while and see what happens. Into the Ommegang chalice this goes...

We have a nice ultra-while, almost blue full-finger head that retreats in classic Saison fashion to tight yeasty wisps...but this one keeps a little bit of its hat on. Lacing is tight, carbonation is a little still aside from the head and there's yeasty floaties around to an extent. But there's still a very nice, classical honey/lemon/chamomile body color to it, so despite the floaties this still looks true to style.

Speaking of chamomile...I sense a little bit of this here. Chamomile and some slight soapy flora...after that you have the classic citric light melon...maybe honeydew...and a little orange and lemon zest...with a spot of yeast and light grain electricity. This is classic Saison nose that's enhanced by the latent carbonation.

Now, y'all know that this is my favorite style. OK, maybe you don't. But bear with me...I love the hell out of this style but I'm still learning, so if I lose anyone, my bad. There's the typical light fruity, zesty ester yeast strain...the coriander, orange and white peppercorn are well-represented. There's the piney balsa wood hop notes of Styrin Goldings with a c-hair of Saaz perhaps. The spritely grains keep this light but provide mild huskiness. A slight undertone of horse blanket muddies up the breed a little bit but is not unwelcome. This is solid. Maybe with a little more power would reach outstanding proportions but I am not complaining at all.

The hint of spring sure makes Saisons more enjoyable. It has all the classic components as noted above...the dry yet slightly stewy light wheaty grain, that impeccable yeast strain, a little bright hop and silage profile with a slight carbonation and citric alcohol burn. No complaints there. I could work the fields if I could gnaw on this all day.

It's a good one, alright. Maybe a little more weighty than I need at 11 PM on a Sunday night the day after my mid-major alma mater drops the kids off in an embarrasing fashion on the court of the MAC Championship but it's not this beer's fault. Not for nothin' but not the cheapest deal in the world but I will seek and destroy this bottle whenever I get a chance. Another classic old-world Saison that represents itself quite well and leaves me wanting another chalice full of this funky music.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light fruits - pears, oranges, and bananas, in that order - with hints of spices and Belgian candi sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of light fruit flavors up front, backed by Belgian candi sugar. The spices come out at the end, but without much force. There are also hints of green apples that poke out every now and then.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I could definitely have a few of these on a warm day (as today was).

Overall this is a good beer, though not a quintessential saison. It's more of a Tripel/saison hybrid in my opinion, but still well worth checking out.

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.

Photo of robbyc1
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gushed from a poorly open bottle at our table, lost a bit there but my fault, really nice hazy wheat color look, massive carbonation forms a creamy head.

Yeasty nose, with grassy, slight funk, banana esters, well fit for the style, some bitterness, dry but with the sweetness and bitterness of a good saison. Nice dry finish. Not as complex as the great ones but well made.

Soft and fruity in the mouth, refreshing and very drinkable, my bottle noted the abv at 7.5% which was not noticeable at all. I would say this is an icon for the style, but one to shoot for more depth and complexity to be the leader in the catagory. A table Saison for everyday?

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.

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

Serving date: 2009-01-07.

Served in half-pint glass.

Presentation: 750 ml bottle. Freshness date printed on label (Best before September 2010).

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy yellow-orange color, with a large airy white head. Good head retention and nice lacings. With the plentiful bubbles, this adds up to a very nice looking brew.

Smell: Lots of citrus all the way, coupled with floral aromas. Earthiness is also present, as is of course yeast. There is also a hint of tart.

Taste and mouthfeel: The taste pretty much duplicates the smell with plenty of citrus (but now clearly in the form of lemon) coupled with floral and earthy notes. However, the yeast is more noticeable in the taste. Tart appears in the finish, which is also a little bit dry. The beer actually tastes quite good. However, towards the end, when it warms up a bit and actually looses quite much carbonation (which is not that common with Belgian beers), the beer changes in a negative direction and looses much of its character. (Perhaps, it should also be noted that I finished the bottle in under an hour, so the loss of carbonation shouldn't be attributed to slow drinking). It is a medium-bodied beer, and the bubbles and foam creates a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: High. I liked this beer. Although it is perhaps rather average and it didn't hold up all the way, I could really see myself having a few more of it.

NOTE 1: The bottle says ABV is 6,9.
NOTE 2: My first written review.

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.

HV

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.

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Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.