Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Not Rated.
Saison D'Erpe-MereSaison D'Erpe-Mere

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

200 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 200
Hads: 401
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 35
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 06-29-2005

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (10) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 200 | Hads: 401
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle with wrapper dated 1 5MEI 2010 to a NBB globe. The beer pours a hazy golden straw color with a billowing 4 finger bubbly white head. Decent retention and leaves gobs of lacing. The nose is light and crisp but also complex. Hints of pilsen malt base along with a tart fruity character. Sweet pear, apple, and a hint of citrus. No alcohol detected. Yeast is not overpowering in the least but rather brings everything together. Very nice. The Flavor builds upon the nose. Sweet with some tarty fruitiness and hint of sour tones. Begins crisp but ends smooth and creamy. Light and airy with a mild bitterness. Finishes with a slight lingering bitter with a fair amount of fruit on the tongue. Sweet but not overly so. Very approachable and drinkable. Lighter side of medium boded and well carbonated. Overall, this is a very good saison. Very drinkable. I had shed away from the price tag at $16.95/bottle but finally took the plunge. Glad I did. Excellent. (972 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml crown capped, paper wrapped bottle.



Appearance: Pale yellow with a slight haze. Huge white rocky head with great retention, ultimately leaves some floating piles of whipped cream. Sheets of sticky lacing. 4.5



Smell: Sweet pale malt, lemon, a little pepper and other spice, a hint of tartness. Spicy, herbal hops. Quite good. 4.5



Taste: Very hoppy with a snappy lemon flavor and some tartness. An almost clove like flavor near the end a long hops bitterness. There's enough sweetness from the malt and ester fruitiness to balance out the hoppiness. 4.5



Mouthfeel: Very soft and creamy feeling in the mouth, but the finish is clean, dry, and refreshing. 4.0



Overall: This is really a great saison. Highly hopped, but still loaded with complex saison aroma and flavor elements. Delicious. 4.5 (826 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Sooo nice. For me this was the best of 11 solid beers I tried today in a series of flights. I liked this one so much it was the only one I did a repeat on. I need to go back and have a full pint of it because I don't know what exactly I was tasting. It was sort of a honey taste but less syrupy and sticky than a honey taste. It was like honey more floral and focused than simply sweet. It was just delicious. If I could ask for anything it might be more of a back end, a little something more robust in the back of the throat to exhale through, but I'll take this any day. Beautiful to drink on a beautiful day. (617 characters)

Photo of Filosoof
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was this the winner of the night? I thought so.

L: trouble, whitebeer look, because of the wheat (?); good top;
S: you can keep on smelling this beer; it differs every time, flowery, orange, dried yellow fruit;
T: this is also an exploration; flowery, nice bitterishness;
M: just very nice, great alcohol and aftertaste;
O: almost perfect beer! (345 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at State Line in Elkton, MD. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a nice straw color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some light lemon and citrus plus some hay and wheat. Faint earth and spice there, but not quite as much as the citrus component. Good wheat and some sight citrus in the flavor. Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish. (391 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light hay color with a fluffy 2 fingers of white head. Massive white lacing.

The nose is very tart smelling and has a good amount of barnyard/horse blanket to it. There is also a sweet fruit scent noticed.

The taste is indeed sweet. Similar to a lemon in taste. Following are some pretty sour and tart notes that then develop into the barnyard funk that makes this brew tasty. There is a wheat like aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is light-medium with a pleasent juciness to it. Pretty damn nice. Carbonation levels work just fine.

Overall, this is a mighty fine sour that is super drinkable and with just enough sourness and sweetness for balance. Good stuff (673 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a hazy yellow brown colour, with a truly fantastic head and marvellous lacing.

Smells citrusy and yeasty, quite fresh and invigorating.

Tastes very tangy and yeasty, very citrus tones coming through as well. Noticeable alcohol.

Overall very good, perfect mouthfeel and smell, only the strong alcohol letting the beer down. (384 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a transparent looking yellow color with a minimal amount of head and lacing. The smell of the beer doesn't have much of a farmhouse aroma at all which is fine in my opinion. It does have some lively aromas of lemon and bready yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer also has the lemons coming in strong with a grainy light aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little thin but has a pretty good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a really refreshing brew I just feel that it's a little too light. Still worth trying though. (542 characters)

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

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is extremely pale yellow, completely transparent. The head is thin and white, leaving ample lacing on the sides of the sampler glass. The aroma brings light citrus, yeast, and subtle funk. Wow! Great flavor, with a delectable blend of citrus, funk, yeast, and spices. The feel is thin to medium bodied with adequate carbonation. I really enjoyed this brew, and would certainly have it again. (439 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-07-30 At Capone's in Norristown, PA

A - Light, hazy straw with a 1-finger head and light lacing.

S - White grape, cider and mild yeast.

T - Bread, white grape, apple, pear, citrus, sour yeast and light hops.

M - Smooth, fat, creamy, bubbly and very soft on the palate.

O - I liked this but generally would prefer a bolder saison. (352 characters)

Photo of ChimRichels
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bomber was a gusher, so I lost a tiny bit to the sink. Color is hazy soft orange/yellow with a pillowy white head that retains exceptionally well and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Looks tasty.

S - Smell reminds me a lot of champagne. Orange zest and green apples come through. Alcohol is hiding in there. The fruitiness plays well with some mild citrus as well as a tinge of funk.

T - A lot less fruity than I was expecting from the nose while Spicy/Peppery notes come through a lot more. Earthy/funky flavors are most definitely there, mostly on the aftertaste. Mildly warming in the esophagus. Lots of subtle nuances throughout the profile. A very intricate flavor.

M - Pretty solid mouthfeel, carbonation is mild.

O - An excellent beer that goes down easy and pleasantly. I would buy again. (806 characters)

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

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pas a pale yellow hazy body with a sea of micro bubbles in a torrent that fill 3/4 of the glass with a head of foam.

S- The yeasty esters have some apricot qualities with a flint note that has a fresh rain quality to it. The finish has a soft lemon and black pepper note to it.

T- The soft pale wheat flavor has a green peppercorn note and a light fruity ester flavor. The finish is a dry clean finish with a nice soft green hop snap that grows as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light crisp mouthfeel with a creamy finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is dry by not overly dry and some great fruity ester character that has some nice stone fruit qualities. This beer has great depth but it is lots of very subtle layers that I can't describe and it is crisp making it very drinkable. (848 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful saison. Bright golden, highly hazed, slim ivory head.

Aromatics, light lemon and orange, delicate spice. Lovely. Particularly peppery, fragrantly fruity.

Taste: Mmmm, Meaty mouthfeel, while being watery enough for the style. Luscious citrus fruit dominates, with spice kicking in behind. Starts easy, gets more complex sitting in the mouth. Slight bitterness. Growing spice. Then turning just a little sweet.

Very interesting beer, this. Incredibly complex and refreshing, all at once.

Keeping it short and simple, all I need to say is: it's good, drink it. (573 characters)

Photo of Shaymus
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first review.

A- Golden straw like, bit cloudy, about 1 inch head didn't last all that long.

S- citrusy right off the bat leaning towards the lemon, followed by yeast /fruity aroma.

T- The lemon flavor came to mind first followed by some hoppiness "may have had first sip a bit too cold as later sips are a bit sweeter not tasting as bittery as first thought" Yeast and citrus flavor remained throughout and enjoyed very much.

M- Thin, good carbonation

Recently been concentrating on Saisons and this one lives up to the style. refreshing, a bit tarty and highly drinkable. Quite enjoyed it ! (599 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Paradiso in a nonic.

A: The saison is a pale golden color, straw-like with a cloudiness that runs through the saison. Not much of a head to report.

S: Pepper, lemony citrus, and honey all come together in the nose. A little musty, the saison comes close to funky but falls just short.

T: Biscuity malts, light, hold court amongst the saison additions. Peppery coriander and lemons create a mildly acidic spice presence. Honey adds fullness to each sip, if not flavor. Floral and funky, the yeast delivers just enough dirtiness to make me think. A good saison, but just good.

M: The saison has a strong spice profile and really benefits from the musty yeast strain. A decent saison that would be worth another try. (727 characters)

Photo of impending
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Trappist. Poured into De Glazen Toren glassware. Hazy dull light golden straw. Dense head with great retention, nice lacing.

Aroma is classic. Yeasty sweets and citrus laced with clean dry hay.

Taste too begins classic, the difference is in the end, lacks the dry bite of Dupont and doesn't miss it. Trails off with a pepper touch and fades just quietly dry yet sweet. Gentle complexity. Refreshing. Light bodied prickly mouthfeel. Warms well and accompanies food well as well!
cheers
jd (493 characters)

Photo of inthebeeraisle
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keep hearing from customers that this was an excellent saison.

A: A cloudy almost gold appearence with several fingers of head & low lacing. Plenty of active carbonation.

S: A earthy yeasty smell with some sweet melons and bright citrus fruit.

T: A substantial but clean saison. Nice wheat flavor that is backed up by a fruity belgian yeast flavor that drags on.

M: Mouthfeel is full & coats the palate while it easily slips down the hatch.

O: Cartainly one of the better saisons I've had. Great packaging, even better beer. (531 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Regular 0.75 bottle, wrapped in the white paper with yellow and green stuff on. Bottling date of 10 Apr 2010, drank just before it was a year old during one of my 'random beer tasting evenings'.

Poured into three different glasses in one pour: slight haze in the first, getting progressively murkier as the yeast sediment was aroused. The colour ranged from an almost light, dull gold to a deep orangey gold, depending at which glass you looked at. Each of the three glasses however had snowy white, clinging heads of foam, which stayed for the whole tasting.

Yeasty aroma, with crushed melons on a clean farmhouse kitchen floor.

The taste was also yeasty, again with melons, but joined by grapefruit peel and pepper hints.

Easy to drink and very refreshing, not heavy in depth, but certainly not weak or thin, just about perfect for this style in my opinion.

I liked it a great deal. (889 characters)

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

Subtle, complex and long saison, a delight.

Presentation: 750 ml capped brown bottle wrapped in white paper with the yellow and green seal of the brewery. The wrap offers a small description, ingredients, and serving suggestions. Notes bottling date as 07 Aug 2010, and shows 6,9 Alc. by Vol. in the wrap, whereas the label mentions 7,5%. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw to pale gold pour, rich towering head, good retention and good patches of lacing with a nice surface memory.

S - Nice fruity nose, earthy, rich but not too assertive, some zest and a yeasty touch.

T - Taste starts a bit shy and suddenly reveals a complex and long range. Fruity, honey dash over the malt, touch of spices, fresh yeasty sense. Some citrus and herbal notes.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth range and a slightly creamy finish with a dry hint.

D - Delightful saison, it starts a bit slow but soon enough reveals a very enticing range.

Notes: Glad to try this offering after having been tempted for so long. It won't take me this long until the next try. (1,066 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy bright yellow color with no head, but has active gentle carbonation. (if you can picture that) The carbonation is very active and forms a small circle of activity at the top of the glass, right in the middle.

S - Lemon grass, herbal, spicey with a sour twang in the nose, mildly yeasty.

T - Has a very nice zing with all the flavors reflecting what was in the nose. Starts with a lemon bite on the tip of the tongue and moves into a steady stream of light yeast, spices, and grassy herbs. Leaves an herbal lemon grass coating in the mouth, but still finishes crisp and clean.

M - Medium body, gentle but yet mildly prickly on the tongue, has a very nice sour zing to it.

D - Very well done and at this ABV, I can enjoy more than one without the drawback of losing my wits. (793 characters)

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a good head and good lace. The aroma is floral with some spicy notes and a weird kind of tequila aroma that I don't know exactly what to think of. The flavor is spicy with some nice cinnamon notes a good mineral character with some citrus rind and a mild tartness, and a dryness like champagne. That tequila thing kind of creeps into the flavor a bit as well, but it seems to work with the flavors a lot better than it worked with the aroma. (466 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy bright yellow hue with a huge, frothing head; lacing is okay

S: Big lemony citrus--lemon rind--up front; a bit of coriander too; a touch of pepper spice; lots of grainy barnyard grassy funk; I am excited to try this!

T: An earthy, wet grassy malt presence with tons of lemon citrus; a touch of coriander and pepper and pear and apple; a good funk with a pleasant dryness on back end

F:Carbonated up front and pleasantly dry at the end--the beer washes through the mouth leaving a nice film behind

D: Great Saison! So drinkable though the dryness does make you keep drinking which sort of creates a cyclical problem...but oh well, this is a good beer. (671 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours a very hazy, bordering on cloudy pale gold, with a towering, rocky white head that looks like a volcano as it slowly settles - good retention, though not quite spectacular. Leaves nice lacing all the way down. Dozens of streams of bubbles flow up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is very nice, and immediately grabs you - bretty and funky, with a sharp dose of bright barnyard goodness, layered around big notes of lemon and hints of vanilla. There's a subtle graininess to it underneath, but the big, bright notes that the yeast and bugs impart are the star of this show.

Taste is exactly what the nose leads you to expect; bright and acidic in front, quite tart, with heavy doses of lemony citric acid and barnyard. There's also a bit of a horseblanket mustiness to the taste that the smell tends to miss. Clearly, this one is a big bretty bug showcase - very bright, very zingy. Earthy bitterness comes around on the finish, musty, though it disappears cleanly quickly enough. Sharp, spritzy carbonation over a lightish body make this a warm weather dream, though it's still welcome this dreary winter day. This one will absolutely be revisited over the summer - what a fantastic readily-available saison.

Drinkability is, of course, superb as well. All around excellent saison, reminscent at times of Ithaca Brute even, though certainly not nearly as clean and of-a-single-purpose. More complex, a bit more challenging, though the bright, lemony brett domination and champagne-like carbonation are both spot on. Very good beer. (1,582 characters)

Photo of JamisonM
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy as hell!! really nice honey color with tons of hop haze and prolly yeast as well. bright white head huge head tons of carbonation.

S: honey sweetness hoppy sweetness with a slight amount of saison funk. I think it smells a bit too sweet...

T: the smell is sweeter then the taste, the taste is quite hoppy. starts off sweet and tangy finish is a nice hoppy crisp and clean. the beer is not overly sweet. It also has this nice lemon note.

M: light mouthfeel with high carbonation true to the style

D: very drinkable

Overall: very good and enjoyable saison a nice change up its more hoppy and less dry then most. (625 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an athletic pale cloudy fizzy gold with a tall fluffy champagne head. Lively out of the bottle, if not quite a gusher. Lemon barley and wildflower nose. Starfruit malts, wheaty smoothness, the expected white pepper and lemon zest notes, and grassy hops to finish. Creamy, round, light and crisp.

As others have said, a clean saison with no funk. Nothing stands out as extraordinary, but also no faults to point to. A fine if typical example of the style. (462 characters)

Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.