Saison D'Erpe-Mere - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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3.81/5 rDev -7.7%
750ml ive been holding on to for a couple years. Finally popped open and poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with 3 fingers of white head that fades down to a finger. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of yellow cream back to the surface.
The aroma opens up like lime zest. Very bright, fruity and juicy in an unexpected way. It has some accenting fruity malt blending to more caramel or toffee sweetness somewhat like candy. Some slight hints of yeasty sulfur emerge as it warms up and is swirled.
The taste is sweet almost like blegian candy more than malt that blends into a bit of footy straw grain. It is a little earthen and yeasty with light fruity zest towards the finish. More sips reveal a bunch of herbal quality that is fresh and almost minty.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A little too sweet sweet with a candy sort of appeal but lots of depth and it is enjoyable. If this was a little more dried out, I would bump up the score but as-is it is still very good.
12-09-2013 19:57:42 | More by stakem
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
poured cold to a tall footed stange saison d'erpe-mere glass a crisp, bubbly, translucent straw gold with a 2 and a 1/2 finger big bubbled, frothy, long lasting white head with nice retention
aroma of slightly funky farmhouse yeast and lemon rind.
light bodied, big carbonation, super dry finish.
very nice, refreshing, tart lemon to the palate followed by a bit of funk, thought not overpowering in nature.
11-26-2013 00:45:47 | More by robwestcott
4.23/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured on tap at Trappist Provisions into a 9oz tulip glass.
Pours a golden yellow, clear color, complete with a good amount of thickened white foam. Tons of lacing on this thing, and each swirl left behind a cobwebby texture of residue. Head retention is fairly decent, but it's usually the highlight of the style and this dissipates pretty quickly. The color glimmers, nevertheless, and it is eye candy for sure on tap.
Smells quite delightful - a graceful combination of grassiness with citrus and barnyard funk. There's immediate notes of damp straw combined with grass, dandelions, and sage, which soon envelop into notes of orange blossom, lemon peel, apricots, and light notes of pineapple. The grassy, herbal presence of the hops is lively here, and combined with the funky notes of pears and soil from the Brett (as well as light white pepper), it churns out a very high quality saison. It's like the last batch of Fantôme without the off-flavors! Nevertheless, still very breezy and flavorful. Exactly how I want my casual saison to be.
With patience, however, this proves to be far more complex and different than expected. Rather than start out hoppy or grassy, you're immediately hit with bready notes and funky Brett characteristics, all which provide a fruit and citrus laden flavor that changes over time. At first it's citrusy and slightly funky, with a wet, earthy flavor filled with notes of violets, clove, sage, and lemon peel, which then ends with nice sour pineapple and apricot flavors. The stone fruits become progressively enhanced, with notes of white peaches opening up at the finish. The grassy, herbal aftertaste cleanses the palate and provide a light acidity that prepares you for the next sip. Very refined stuff overall, with excellent carbonation that provides it an extra boost in bringing forth the flavors.
This was a lovely saison to sip on - and the low ABV and subtle flavors that open up over time made this spot on for any daily consumption. I want to cellar several bottles of this and see how the funky yeast accentuates the fruity flavors over time. I really love how grassy it is, but I feel the beauty is in the yeast. Depending on my new experiences, this could quickly become one of my favorite new everyday saisons.
11-14-2013 20:58:34 | More by magictacosinus
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
Wait....how have I not reviewed this before? I know I've had before a few times...
Anyhow...this beer to me is the penultimate saison. It is tart with being too tart. It is a bit effervescent in its dryness, but I like it. It a delicate flowery and slight lactic aroma. Soft fruity flavors of pear or lychee with a dash of pepper. Crisp, cracker-like maltiness. A dry, tart and pepper finish. Wonderful.
10-27-2013 00:11:28 | More by marcobrau
3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
Appearance- Pours up a healthy amount of head that appears to have a little bit of retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a hazy and pale golden straw which shows hints of lemon when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.
Nose- Very subdued but most of the usual suspects are there. Spicy Belgian yeast is the most dominant aspect followed by apple, banana, and cloves. Swirling shows off the spice and banana a little bit more but the aroma is still quite understated. Some orange and lemon as well.
Taste- This is loaded with Belgian spice and yeast. At the moment, it's a little too much. Bold notes of clove and black pepper with some astringency and a woody finish. Fruit esters (apple, orange, banana, and lemon) hang around the edges as they tend to get pushed out of the bulk of the flavor profile as the yeast dominates. Peel of both orange and lemon, some coriander. Almost an earwax bitterness that starts off in the middle and lingers into the finish. Some pine and resin on the finish as well. Would be a good beer for those who like hoppy and yeasty saisons. I prefer saisons that show more fruit esters and Brett but this is good for what it is. It has become more enjoyable for me as the yeast has started to mellow and the more delicate flavors are beginning to appear.
Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat dry finish helps cleanse the mouth.
Drinkability- The yeast is a bit of an obstacle but not much of one. The price is a considerable one, however. Thirteen bucks for a 750 mL bottle of Belgian beer is a pretty good price except this beer isn't good enough for me to justify it.
Overall- Solid beer that represents one part of the saison spectrum. Definitely worth a try if you like dry hopped sasions and Belgian IPAs. If you're more of a Dupont or Fantome drinker, you might want to pass.
09-02-2013 00:38:00 | More by artoolemomo
Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
92 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.