Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
Presentation: 750ml green flask wrapped in a rather cool looking white paper wrapper that is decorated with a repeating design of a yellow silhouette of a brew kettle against a green and yellow background. Corked and caged. Numbered and dated but I never noted either of those as the paper wrapper was eagerly collected by that well know Pub-Klepto BA erica, Magic Hat glass anyone!?! ;-)
Appearance: Gorgeous looking glazed yellow with a light white vivacious head that resembled stiffly whipped egg-whites. Lots of streamers and a solid level of conditioning. In the Steelgaarden Goblets that accompanied this bottle this one looked like the Dogs Bollocks, superb presentation.
Nose: Mild barnyard aromas, with a little funky farmyard thrown in for good measure, but all of this is in the background, the really dominant character in the aromas are lemon, grain, grass stains and some white pepper and a light citrus acidity when deeply inhaled that can sting the nose a little.
Taste: Earthy organic start pummeled by a refreshing cut grass second quarter that rises with a mish-mash of lemon and limes that come and go in between a little sweetness. The citric element continues with some orange zest in the finish set against a hay-like backdrop. Lots of pepper and some Zingggeee yeast to boot. Damn this was one to work at to get to grip with all the activity.
Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation when cold, but it settles to a creamy feel when things warm up a little. The bold finely dissolved conditioning makes sure that if you bolt this one down, and its hard not to, that you will be punished in a rather sado-masochistic way with some serious nose burps that tend to reveal the bitterness and hop character in a much better way than the tongue can discern them!! You have been warned.
Drinkability: Shared two bottles of this beauty on two separate occasions, both with BA erica at Steelgaarden, and I have to say I could easily manage a Six-Pack of these no problemo.
Overall: I dont normally write Reviews for beers I have in Pubs but Holy smokes Batman this one needs to be rejoiced about. A great new addition to the Belgium Saison line-up. De Glazen Toren are one to keep an eye on for the future.
Great stuff and Highly Recommended.
11-27-2005 00:07:58 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5 rDev +14.3%
Pours with two inches of head after I swirl the bottle quite profusely. Some lace is left on the glass. The body is like a sunset, a yellow sunset. Aroma of lemon, spices, and plenty of funk.
The flavor is very complex. An initial burst of lemon is quickly overtaken by hops, spice, and yeast. The finish is bitter for the style, and there is a musty, funky aftertaste that distinguishes this as a world class beer. Mouthfeel is creamy, and highly carbonated. The complexity of the flavor prevents me from drinking this too quickly.
11-15-2005 01:49:36 | More by Sephiroth
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazy golden with a oarangy hue with a huge blossoming head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving globs of lace behind.Whoo very effervescent citrusy and yeasty with mineral undertones as well.Very refreshing with the alc % hidden very well,orange and pear flavors are very prevelant subtle spice like black pepper and clove are noticable underneath the fruit with a nice geranium "green" finish.A nice saison to be had here subtly complex and quite refreshing.
11-03-2005 01:37:28 | More by oberon
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
The beer poured into the chalice slightly hazy with a white and moussy, frothy and extremely long lasting head which coated the glass from top to bottom.
The aroma was lightly grainy and citrusy with a earthy presence and a peppery spice character. The citrus presence was lemony and interesting. The aroma contained a farmhouse yeast presence that increased as the beer warmed.
The flavor was light with a low peppery spice and a light earhiness. The beer was initially poured too cold, but after warming the flavors became more fruity with a citrusy presence and the pepper spice character increased and improved.
The finish was dry with a light peppery spice and earthy presence into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation level was such to give a slight creaminess to the mouthfeel. A nice Saison, though it could be a bit more complex. Do not consume too cold!
750 ml capped bottle.
10-27-2005 23:04:23 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.65/5 rDev -11.6%
Appearance: Wit-like lemony colored, with a large, frothy meringue that danced on top of my glass.
Smell: Yeasty and freshly baked gingerbread aroma.
Taste: Lively carbonation, good body, plenty of complex spices and a decent hop finish with a sour twist at the end which was very nice.
10-17-2005 23:04:52 | More by Goldorak
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
This is an amazing beer. Was served in a champagne style bottle with a crown cap. The appearance was perfect. A nice head that turned rocky and has since been extensively lacy. Furthermore, the beer is a straw colored and hazy. I think all these elements are right on for this style.
Smells sweet with a little must. Just what I'm looking for in a saison.
Taste is sweet with a hint of sour in the background. Finishes with a nice mix of swwet and bitterness.
This beer coats the tongue and has a substantial mouthfeel.
I think this beer is very drinkable. Once I finish a swallow, I want more. It is very complex.
Seek it out.
10-06-2005 04:05:09 | More by Sayson
3.2/5 rDev -22.5%
750 ml bottle wrapped and capped
pours into a chalice with a big soapy head.. after a few minutes, the glass had a flat-top of foam peeking out above the rim. golden, slightly hazy appearance with some light orange highlights. very carbonated. once the foam dissolved (15 mins), i was able to grab a sniff or two..
smells, well, belgian. possessing something very acidic which leads to bitterness in the nose. vinegary. light overall though and evoking berry notes.
very young flavor. alcohol and taste are completely separate here, like unshaken salad dressing. the whole thing sweats the belgian sweetness of lemon and orange rinds, sugar and clover. nothing much here at this point that screams 'saison,' bigger on malt and light on spice. very buttery with an overabundance of botanical-carrying carbonation. bitter but not sour. closer to an orval clone than a saison.
this beer certianly has potential, right now it is nothing special. is it age? the recipe? the lack of style? i do however have faith that the flavors will combine, the sourness will grow, and the beer will improve with age. will revisit.
09-06-2005 18:31:53 | More by goodbyeohio
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
Pale, hazy copper/gold colored with a clacking noise emerging from the unstiff beaten egg white textured top. Subtle aromas of vanilla, cocoa and indistinct roasted herbs. Faintly creamy and buttery too. Malt-based chocolate milk mix flavor, like Canadian Ovaltine. Qualities I associate with chemical reduction in wine (very faint: masking tape, cherry pits, Band Aids) seem to be obscuring acidity. Finely bitter. Chocolate covered bay leaf, marzipan, honey and grass flavored. White plum and pear fruits charm too. The texture is full and creamy.
Consider my score tentative, as I'm not sure something wasn't ever so slightly off about this bottle.
Three days later I finished the bottle, stored open in the fridge. It seemed to improve. My guess is that oxygen helped. It was not flat. No score change.
08-11-2005 18:47:02 | More by putnam
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Pale hazy yellow body, creamy pillowy white head, and seemingly fierce carbonation. Faint lemon zest citrus nose, tangy, spicy hops, some pale malt and wheat. Bready pale malt character, nice hops, lightly fruity. Body is medium, mouthfeel is creamy once the ferocious carbonation has a few minutes to calm down. A fantastic saison. A must try, really. I cant believe there are no spices in here.
08-01-2005 02:08:49 | More by yen157
4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
Unbelievable consistend and thick head staying forever and a clowdy golden beercolor. Nose is unbelievable; very spicy but hard to tell wich herbs must have gotten in this brew but would say at least gagel, koreander, paradijszaad. Nice but very clean stable with litle sourness and a wheatmalt carracter plus some banana esters make it complex and for a saison very clean but good nose. Taste is also very fresh and complex but makes you enjoy every tiny sip. Wowww what a brew this is giving a full but dry overal taste with some orange and decent sourness. Maltyness also there remembering also a lot of wheat and that with dry and lightly bitter aftertaste that also gives some honeynote. Perfect carbonisation makes mouthfeel to one of the best I've ever expirienced. Drinkability is also good but maybe too good cause easy drinkable. IMHO this one concurs to Dupont very well and maybe Saizon Dupont even found a master.
06-29-2005 17:53:55 | More by paterlodie
Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.