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Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 37
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 06-29-2005)
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Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

jdhilt, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 30 Juli 2005 (best before end of 2 years after printed date)

Capped 750ml bottle packaged with a decorative paper wrapping. The pour is very Duvel-like with a large frothy head and lively carbonation rising to the top. The aroma is made up largely of grain with a lot of lemon, some grass and a good amount of yeast. The taste is light and grassy with some citrus and a slightly spicy and earthy hop finish. The mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated. Overall, this is a really good saison. It does not have a hight amount of barnyard funk that I have come to really savor in most saisons but this is a solid beer nonetheless. Recommended.

cjgator3, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of faernt
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a (cosseted) tissue wrapped 750 ml bottle. I like the presentation. I've only seen it with Belgian beer. It comes sealed with a huge crown cap. These packaging choices are deliberate and lead me to believe that the brewers think highly of their product. American openers don't accomodate such a big cap so I had to wrestle it off. The beer wanted to escape and began foaming out from under the cap. The foam was very white and tight bubbled. By the time I got the cap off a little beer had spilled onto the counter. I wiped it up and it was slightly sticky. I took all this as a good sign.

In reading the wrapper I noted that the beer is listed at 6.9 abv as opposed to the 7.5 listed above in the Bro's description. Perhaps it's changed. The date listed was 23 maart 2006. I trust it to be the bottling date. The brewery gives two years as a "best consumed by" date.

The pour generated a decent one inch head. The head had large and small bubbles in a very tight foam. The head actually looks like cheese. It hangs on the side of the glass as it subsides to a quarter of an inch.

The nose is musty and citric. It smells like a Pils and then it smells like grapefruit juice. The first taste is a little sweet. The taste then moves to the tart grapefruit promised by the smell. The alternating sweet and sour tastes are evenly playing off each other.

The mouthfeel is like pear nectar cut with a citrus. This beer doesn't present an aspect without presenting a counterpoint to that same aspect. I'm ready to buy a case, but it seems too good to be true. I'll buy a few more singles to check the consistency. It is a very impressivefirst experience. I hope the first impression is consistent. I recommend this.

faernt, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 3/23/06.

A: Pours a hazy straw color. Huge white head eventually disappears but leaves massive amounts of lace on the glass.

S: Aromas of lemon, orange, mild hops, and Belgian yeast.

T: Lemony tartness mixed with a light pepper flavor. I also detect notes of barnyard in there. Almost like dirt or wet hay. All of this is very well balanced by belgian ale yeast and earthy hop flavors. Finish is tart, tangy, and peppery.

M: Tart and bitter. Not thin and not creamy. Not excessively carbonated. Feels just right for the style.

D: Excellent drinkability. The right combination of smells, tastes, and the appropriate mouthfeel. An exceptional Saison.

GbVDave, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Monk's Cafe w/ grassrootsvt...
Appears a hazy gold with a 1/2" white cap that never fades out. Tons of streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of floral bouquets, earthy, creamy vanilla, lemon, fruity, and light candy aromas.
Taste is of the aromas though maybe it comes through a little lighter than the enjoyable smell.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fruity, creamy, smooth, and lightly funky with a spicy yeastiness that fades in and out during the swallow.

weeare138, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Aggresively carbonated produces a monolithic head. Snow white and lacey like soap suds. Body is a dull golden pear, hazy and calm.

S: Quite spicy. Oddly enough, there's some wet dog in here. Hay, green apples, lemon rind and dandelions.

T: Sort of a pungent bitter lemon rind with an organic honey balance. Floral flower pedals, radish, oats, overcooked biscuits and a touch of soap. Finishes dry with loads of European bittering hops balanced with some lemon juice. Aftertaste is somewhat pinecone mixed with some grapefruit.

M: Medium body, nice mouthfeel and light

D: Not bad. Not fantastically dynamic but easy drinking none the less.

Westsidethreat, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of numenor1
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/30/05

Straw covered with a mountainous white head. Some yeast floaties swimming around. Nose is lemongrass, pith and even smells a little soapy. Nice tartness, lots of citrus, lemon rinds, lime, starfruit. Grassy and very earthy, though not farmy. Substantial malt backing, a touch bready, and well bittered through the drying finish. Certainly a yeast driven beer, not as dry as some saisons, nor as sweet. Light bodied, with lots of carbonation, feathery and airy in the mouth, but a bit abrasive. Drinkable, but the alcohol is a little more noticeable than i'd like. Very enjoyable.

numenor1, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boneslice recommended this beer, I chilled it down and tried it. I poured it into a 330ml unibroue narrow tulip/ champagne flute.

Immediately I noticed the warm yellow and ultra-fine carbonation. There was a twangy funkiness in the nose, and the first sip echoed this twang and bitterness. A mouthful of foam added to the initial bitterness; The mouthfeel is like warming orangina. But as you progree, the sweetness in the finish fights the bitterness in the middle and balances perfectly. THis creates the illusion that the bitterness is constantly there and the sweeness is right along side it. It also creates the feel of a.. orangina, or lemonade, but right along with the bittersweet blend is just enough bread/wheaty malt flavor to round out the struggle. So many times I have had a saison where the bitterness has no hop flavour, and goes rampantly unchecked. Not in this beer. Its certainly not sweet, but there is a perfect balance that would make it perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner or alone on a late summer evening.

andjusticeforale, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The designation Saison can turn me off sometimes, as I am not into a beer that is farmhouse style. This is completely unique, and the flavors seem to be yeast driven and very pleasant to me.

Appearance: After many pours I got my share and the yeast was plenty mixed up so it appeared *very* cloudy yellow with a thick white head.

Smell: Not overly barnyard (though it there) more it is a zesty yeasts spicy lemon grain aroma.

Taste: Yeasty and dry this one seemed delicate on the palate but complex enough to be interesting. Orange lemon and pepper come to mind.

Mouthfeel: Dry bitter and very carbonated makes for a sharp though creamy feel.

Drinkability: This would be a very drinkable Saison as they go but I tend to prefer this type of beer with some horderves before a meal and then move on to something else.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 75 cL bottle into a generic skinny tulip at Monk's. Forms a towering two inch off-white head, over a hazy dark golden-yellow body. The head forms a rocky mound.

Nose is light and grassy, sweet, possibly yeast or candi sugar, and caramel.

Taste is mild and lemony. Pepper spice in the middle, to a bitter end. Yeast pour and earthiness to the beer.

The body is medium thin, with high carbonation.

Overall, an easy-drinking Saison that paired nicely with some Saison Dupont trout.

mjc410, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Glazen Toren
Saison D'Erpe-Mere
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

* Enjoyed with LB *

Pours a cloudy and murky light orange-yellow blend. Massive, fluffy head that lingers like shaving cream. Leaves random, complex trails of lacings.

Funky aroma of chalk, funky yeast and citrus.

Very clean, yet tart on the palate. Refreshing, drinkable and enjoyable. A tad dry and chalky with a peppery bite with a lemon twang. An interesting and original version of the style.

Hibernator, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
2.3/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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

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

Not recommended for anybody.

neonbrown82, Jul 18, 2006
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.

GClarkage, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of kmcnair
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, best before Apr. 30, 2005. Nicely aged.

Pours a crystal clear pale golden straw color and makes a full, thick and rocky head of white bubbles. Excellent head retention follows and some thick clingy lacing on my glass. Superb clarity, an exceptionally clean looking saison.

Light spiced and yeasty aroma, very earthy hop notes.

Spicy clove and banana phenolic flavors, clean pale malt profile, mild bittering. Towards the end with lots of yeasty floaties... some alkalinity sets in, unfortunately making the last glass a drain pour.

Crisp, clean, huge peppery-spicey carbonation. Very to style in terms of body and textures.

If I only had to drink the first half of the bottle, I'd drink this for hours. Be very careful when you pour, decant this one well and you'll enjoy it until the end!

kmcnair, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 brown bottle, no freshness indication. Pours cloudy washed out light apricot, with a super long lasting fluffy, creamy white head, and leaving nice amounts of sticky and oddly shaped lacing. tiny bubbles rising to the top. Nose is full of nutty yeast, soapy ginger and light pepper. This is a wonderfully drinkable and heady saison. Notes of pepper, spice, more doughy and nutty yeast, and Saison goodness. Fine artisanal product, highly recommended nectar.

Billolick, May 30, 2006
Photo of Ego
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 @ oak tree buy rite, edison nj
the tripel was not too my liking but I gave this a shot with friends a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it, thought it was top notch actually.. time to review it.

eyes..
FOUR fingers of froth on this one.. but yet it isn't "exploding" head like some with heads like this. the bubbles reflect like mirrors and the retention is great, this is macro coors light pale straw.. be fooled not though. slightly hazy and lots of active carbonation streaming up in this one. not my favorite looking saison but good. lacing is also very nice... screw that, the lacing is now fantastic.. I bumped this to a 4.0 from a 3.5... the lacing is gobby and sticky like paper mache!

nose...
bready and sweet.. some honey and pollen, lots of yeast. dry yeast.. but not the typical grassy or hay aroma at all... it makes it more pleasant.. like the southampton saison actually. some cookie dough odor is in there also.. very nice and balanced.. not overpowering.. very nice!

taste etc...
prickly and spicy, very easy to drink, the mouthfeel is spot on, it drinks almos like an american macro in terms of refreshment but yet has subtle complexities adherent to the style, it is very yeasty and has lots of dough flavor going on.. in the back is subtle peppery spice amongst the dryness presented here. man, this is really dry at points! you actually sense some of the alcohol at points but it is no way harsh... a very tasty saison. the belgian funk is in there.. as is a slight lemony flavor but man this is good!

verdict?
$8.99 ? friggin 8.99 ? are you kidding ? this is more complex than saison du pont, which I love. a really nice saison.. I will be buying more of this post haste ! vive la saison ala spring !

Ego, May 24, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to timtheenchanta for sharing this one with me.

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

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

MSchae1017, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

timtheenchanta, Apr 24, 2006
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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow, full saison head, which lasts. Great appearence, like most Saisons. Initially fruity and rich in the aroma, which then fades into yeast led funk (papaya, orange, mango and pineapple. Upon tasting, there is some serious multi-dimensional yeast funk, which produces an array of leather and fruit flavors. Bubbly, fizzy mouthfeel. Fun, funky saison.

Crosling, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one funky, interesting saison. I kind of think that only a Belgian would have the guts to make this; no American microbrewery would come up with this brew, I don't think.

Pours a light amber gold with a substantial white head. The nose starts off, at lower temperatures, as fairly non-descript, and evolves just a bit over time. After a while of warming up, the nose, to me, is redolent of horse blankets and grasses. The palate is a bit different; it starts out with a creamy lemon and melds into a musty barnyard character. The mouthfeel is quite effervescent but somehow creamy. Drinkability is medium; not something I'd drink just by itself, but I could see this being quite good with certain foods, especially challenging cheeses.

All in all, quite a good saison, but not my favorite of the genre.

geexploitation, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle without date.

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

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

dgallina, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't get a paper wrapper, oh well...cap only on the bottle.

Hazy deeper yellow appearance with a huge mousse-like head. Very attractive and dense delicate laces. Aroma of yeast, golden raisins, and wet chalkboard slate. Light mouthfeel and spritzy and lively carbonation. Quite dry, without the honeyish malty start of some Saisons ( a bit of white rum tone), and it goes on from there -- a definite flinty and metallic taste that's interesting and a little different. Fairly simple and straightforward in its profile and presentation, normally I like a little more entertainement value going on, but its pretty refreshing and drinkable. Very abrupt and pointed finish on this one.

ADR, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear, bright gold color and it is topped by a four-finger thick pale, off-white head. The only thing that differentiates this from an all-malt Pilsner is that this beer is very well carbonated, with a massive head that forms a rocky surface & ample Belgian lacing as it falls slowly back into the beer. The aroma is light, yet alluring with soft notes of freshly bloomed flowers, and a soft fruitiness that has notes of light acidity both of which remind me of pears and tart apples. There is a slightly sharp herbal note here as well, that serves as a nice foil to the other notes. The more I stop to explore the nose on this beer, the more I am really digging it; it is a nice mix of yeast driven notes that form together to make a great aromatic Saison.

The beer starts to explode on my tongue, it has lost some carbonation since I first cracked it, but it is still fairly frothy. It is not so carbonated that the flavors cannot come through . The beer has a nice subtle tartness to it that reminds me of green apple, and continues on through the finish of this beer. The beer is light and refreshing, but has a nice soft sweetness that is driven by a forward grain note that must be a mix of the both the barley and the wheat. Actually I would say that the wheat is a bit more evident in the up-front grain character, and the barley malt contributes a light toasted maltiness to this beer. So, what about the spicy yeast character, well that is definitely here as well. Spicy notes of ginger, clove, white pepper, and definite notes of lemon zest. And yes there is a nice level of hopping here too; there is a solid herbal note here through to the late middle of this beer, and a solid contributing bitterness is found here that grips the palate just so, and lingers on through to the finish.

This beer is an impressive, clean example of a Saison, it does not have the funky / infected notes that are found sometimes, but the character that is here is executed beautifully, brightly, and light. What a great Saison, in fact I have been in Saison heaven tonight. The mix of character in this beer is excellent. Spicy, fruity, hoppy and malty each of these notes is prominent and bright, yet strikes an overall balance that keeps this beer light and quaffable (but at 7.5% can sneak up on you).

Gueuzedude, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of silenius
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like that these beers are wrapped in tissue paper. Not only does it keep the beer from becoming lightstruck, its like opening a present!

The beer pours with a massive creamy head that lasts a long time and laces the glass nicely. The beer is a warm yellow orange color with bountiful pinpoint carbonation.

Smell is lemongrass, ginger and hops. Not terribly complex, but nice, fresh and appealling

Taste is on the thin side and doesn't live up the look or smell. It hits with a slightly acidic citrus rind flavor that briefly teases me with some sweetness and leaves with bittering hops. It is nice and might be better with some food but doesn't wow me.

Mouthfeel is frothy and light with considerable carbonation. It ends with a mineraly bite.

Nicely drinkable, but I can imagine this being much better with some sweetness added.

silenius, Jan 23, 2006
Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.