Saison 1900 - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 70
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gusler on 03-13-2003

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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 70
Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.51/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Color light yellow, slightly turbid.
Head white, good-sized, long stays in the glass, giving them a good build- up.
Very delicate aroma, palpable apricot, floral notes, grassy and probably the strongest flavor, honey.
Clearly taste sweet, honey, apricot palpable again. All of these, however, very delicate flavors. Gentian poor, dry, beer also slightly acidity, low saturation towards the middle.
In conclusion, I expected something more, and it is on average. (461 characters)

Photo of interzen
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle (BBE January 2016) poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Pours a dark yellow-amber - unlike other saisons I've had, this one poured fairly clear; not quite as 'murky' as some. Lots of 'loose' head which left behind some lacing.

Smell: Quite grainy - in fact, one could almost say that the grain smell dominate pretty much everything else. There's a faint whiff of fruit (mainly apple and something else I couldn't quite identify) but mainly it's grain.

Taste: Again, very grainy with a heaping mouthful of yeast into the bargain. The apple/fruitiness was barely there so you could be forgiven for thinking this was a bit one-dimensional. The fruit flavours are more evident once the beer has warmed up a bit.

Feel: Fizzy, for want of a better word - like some other saisons I've tried this seems to be fairly aggressively carbonated. Get past that, however, and it's quite smooth with a very dry finish.

Overall: I'm in two minds about this - one the one hand, taken on its own it's not a bad drink at all although the extreme fizziness could be offputting to some. On the other hand, it feels a bit mundane, one-dimensional almost. Not to say that it's bad - it isn't - but I suspect there are fare better saisons out there. (1,248 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Olive colored 11.2oz bottle. Freshness dated 09:12

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow with 1 and 1/2-inch white head. Floaties of yeast and clumpy lace.

N: Rancid sour grain and yeast. I know, this "expired", but come on, only 8 months passed the date. Really???

T: Yeasty and grainy and fruity (green apples).

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Grainy and yeasty finish.

O: Do not drink if past the bottle date - NOT PLEASANT! Drain poured this one. (451 characters)

Photo of thomasausud
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I agree with the guy who could smell toffee. The label leads you into thinking that you're going to smell something funky or dusty, but its a nice smelling beer. I could smell toffee, apple and... beer. Big white head. The taste follows the smell and is similar to other saisons, maybe a little more sugary than some others. Once it warms up the head leaves and takes some of the taste with it.

Overall, a good beer for drinking. You won't be transported to a higher plane of existence. Set your hopes to 'moderate anticipation' and you will be pleasantly surprised. (568 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light orange with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. There is a lot of sediment floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of grains and some white grape juice aromas. Taste is of grains, honey, and some grape-like fruity flavors. This beer has an aggressive level of carbonation with a very prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good saison but it's much fruitier than other saisons I have had in the past. (527 characters)

Photo of skypup
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from 2Be in Brugge; Belgium
.33L Bottle served in Saison Dupont glass

A- Clear amber with a thick head that dissipated quickly. High carbonation.

S- hops and yest light waif of citrus.

T- Sweet malt with slight hint of hops.

M-fairly smooth with relatively high carbonation. Mild bitter aftertaste.

D-I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, but I find it relatively light compared to most Belgian ales and saisons. (430 characters)

Photo of sfprint
2.72/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On the verge of expiration. Bought from Bier tempel in Brussels and it was less than two weeks from expiration when I bought it. :( 9/4/11

A: Poured into my Chimay chalice, healthy 3 finger head, even seafoam, murky tan/olive. A little rising carbonation visible at the base of the glass.
S: Sweet and sour mix but less sweet and heavier. Certainly has a whisky sour quality to it plus a sweeter ice creamy yeast on top. Lemon,
T: Relatively bland. Difficult to describe. Very mild sourness and bitterness, yeast is very apparent. Well blended and it has a flavor, but it's quite neutral, earthy but unexciting. Old apple, honey. But not bad or gross.
M: Slight astringency, little carbonation.
O: Not bad but quite unexciting. (729 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hazed over dull golden color, bubbly lacing barely stays around. Smells of apple skin, taffy, lemon zest, light honey and kiwi. Smooth moderate sized body. A little spicy, a little fruity and a little tart. Mild biscuit malt flavor within, light on the hops. Dusty yeast in the dry finish.

Decent, there are others that are not so much of a mess ... or perhaps better put together. Glad I tried it though. (451 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a clear golden-yellow color, with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Malts, toffee, grass and citrus.
Taste: Honey, malts, toffee, apple and citrus fruits. The aftertaste is hoppy, citrus and dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, crisp and firm bodied.
Overall: Nice beer. Will drink this one again (320 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beverage is clear light amber, has a small off-white head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is sour and earthy, stable (hay, dust, leather, and horse).

The taste starts with a small honey sweetness, some dried peas and stable - the lower regions ....

Medium high carbonation, small intense bubbles, a slightly dry finish.

An average saison, not bad but not extraordinary. (382 characters)

Photo of impending
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a pure butterscotch, nice frothy head, considerable lacing.

Lots more of darker fruits than typical in the aroma for the style. Citrus, spices and candy, uplifting, sweet and clean with zero funk. Unusual, very nice.

Atypical taste for the style as well. Blindfolded I would say a strong pale, a nice one at that. Honey is strong in the flavor, again no funk, zero sour. Medium bodied prickly mouthfeel.

mediocre as a saison but nice as something else
unique
cheers
jd (497 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a part of the NEPA Beer Club's latest Stockertown AKA Shangy's Split...

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH glass, the beer is a cloudy, dull amber color with a huge, overflowing amount of bone white bubbly head. Retention is good, and the lacing is most plentiful. There's also bits and pieces of sediment floating around.

Smell: Light, sweet, and mildly fruity. It really doesn't have much in the way of funk, which is a quality I've come to look forward to in my saisons. Still, it's not bad.

Taste: Similar to the nose, the taste is light and sweet with some mild fruit thrown in, mainly an apple sort of taste. Again, not much in the way of funk which is a little disappointing, but otherwise a decent brew.

Mouthfeel: Light, plenty of carbonation, crisp.

Drinkability: Overall this is not a bad drinking beer. The flavors are mild, and I think this beer is lacking some of the big flavors that make a saison what it is. I'm glad I had the chance to try this beer, but I'll be honest...I don't foresee myself running to the store to pick up more. (1,081 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Golden colour with a white head that dies quickly.

S - A little honey malt and some hop, not much else.

T - A littel sour and a little citrus hop, quite different to most saisons.

M - Light body and full carbonation.

D - A seasonable saison but falls a long way short of the Dupont. (319 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date 20100317
Sampled April 2010 @ Brasserie Beck, Washington DC
A big cracker-like and hay aroma greets me as this is poured into my glass. The beer is actually quite explosive as I even lost some as the waiter (embarrassingly), popped the cap. This is not anywhere near as hoppy as Dupont or the Saison IV that I just had, but there is still a grassy, light herbal hop character. Some light, oxidized notes round out the malt character and somehow adds an almost orange aroma to the hint of sherry that is here. A light, but present fruit character adds some apple (from the oxidation) as well as a touch of pear. There is also a light earthy quality to the nose that even gets a bit musty.

The beer is lightly sweet (though this is pretty sweet for how I like my Saisons) with apple fruit flavors, some oxidized malt (hints of cardboard, but not aggressively so) and lots of orange notes are found in this beer; this last makes me wonder if orange zest was used in this beer. Slightly peppery tasting, or really quite so, though I suppose it is not as peppery as the Saison IV. A big nutty note becomes noticeable here after warming in my glass for a bit. There is lots of aged character to this beer (despite being only two weeks passed its best by date), but apparently it has been selling like hot-cakes here at Brasserie Beck. (1,341 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into a goblet, Saison 1900 is murky dark gold with lots of lots of unappealing sediment in static suspension. A small off-white head leaves scattered laced.

Smell is estery, over-ripe tropical fruits, passion fruit and bananas especially.

Taste is similar, nice and fruity, a bit of honey, perhaps a bit on the old side (best before 8052010), but I doubt this was ever in the really snappy style when fresh. You can taste the yeast faintly as well as a hint of cracker. Something about it though really works for me, very farmhouse. I'm not tasting the hop cones depicted on the label per se, although it's decently bitter on the finish. Reminds me a lot of a smaller version of the Hoegaarden Grand Cru.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated but not crisp, light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, if you enjoy a rustic, authentic style saison. Not one of the uber attenuated peppery saisons, with the emphasis here on the the fruity esters. I really dug it, lots of flavor but quaffable, I could definitely enjoy a few of these. (1,050 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-light cloudy gold with a huge white head.

S-Light honeyed malt with an almost skunky hopiness. Slight cardboard. Not too much saison type yeast aromas.

T-Again, light sweet crackery malt. More cardboard (age). Very low bitterness, could use more. Very low hop flavor. Again, very little Saisonness.

M-fairly dry. Medium high carbonation.

D-This beer (i think) must have had a rough time getting here. A stale bottle. For a saison, it could use a bit more hopping (flavor and bitterness) and more saison yeast character. (529 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a big rocky off-white head. Carbonation is fed by the etching at the bottom of the glass, helping lead to a ton of retention and lacing. Aroma is lightly citric with some yeast and bubblegum. Flavor is sweet, plenty of vanilla and banana esters. Nice honey note on the finish but this is a little flabby and sweet. Finish is dry but in an astringent way. Pretty enjoyable but not exactly a thirst-quencher. (485 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 4/17/10

What an epic gusher. This one shot all over the table. Had maybe 2/3 of a bottle left after it blew up.

Hazy and cloudy yellow with a gigantic white head. Lemon peel and coriander with a healthy funk too. Pepper is slight but also detected. Taste is pretty funky, but spices are in the background and pretty balanced. Light bodied, dry, and very carbonated. If I had more of this I would probably finish it! Can't bring myself to lick the table though... (485 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This started out as a mild "gusher", but soon calmed down. Nice pour despite that. Pours hazed yellow golden with a creamy/foamy white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smll is of lemon, grass, some tart funk, some bready notes and a touch of honey candy.

The taste is of honey sweetness - sweet for a saison, as the tartness is milder than in the nose. Grainy awith a touch of grass. Sweet, but with a refreshing dryness pulling through in the finish.

Light-bodied and crisp. Ample carbonation gives it effervescence.

A sweeter, milder, easy-drinking saison. (566 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours with a monstrous white head that maintains a healthy film of froth throughout the experience. 1900 is the color of straw, slightly hazy, and loaded with vigorous lacing.

S: bouquet is slightly muted, with a touch of mint, banana, and clove all contributing equally to form the bouquet.

T: quite dry, with subtle notes of mint, honey, and banana. I am happy that this saison doesn't try to beat you over the head with its fermentation by-products. They are simply there to add to existing brew.

M: Very light, heavily carbonated, and just a touch of slickness that I wish was absent. Other than that, 1900 possesses a perfect body.

D: a great saison that is actually to style; no sweetness, very thin body, and subtle with its profile. A lot of American saisons have a hard time adhering to these guidelines. (820 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy orange with nicely voluminous head, sparsely webbed out beige foam sinking in the middle but leaving some decent specks of lace behind. Like the colour, the haze, the head, pretty much everything that's supposed to be here is, just a bit lacking in lace.

Nose is very Belgian, a lot of sour yeasty characters with notes of rubber, leather and fresh bark. Slight green apple aroma at the back and hints of herbs and light peppery spice. A bit too much Belgian-ness and not enough saisony funk. Smells a bit too tamed, even mild, for me.

Taste is better. Slight malty beginning with a light honeyed edge descends quite quickly into a nice funky mid-palate, with nice complexity done subtly without a flavour explosion. Hints of orange peel blend with that barnyard mustiness, some leather notes and slight lemon rind bitterness. Slight brandy character comes through late which is not unpleasant, but a bit odd for the style. Might just be the rich sweetness emerging after the pleasant and decently funky mid. Yeah, a decent saison palate, rich and 'off' in the right places.

Nice foamy, sedimenty texture, quite dry on the back but a little bit of a sting on the tongue. Good for style, but doesn't make me feel wonderful.

A complex and tasty beer that still manages to retain drinkability. It's been a while since I had a Belgian saison so this was a welcome back for an old friend. (1,407 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy dusky golden colour, with a big and frothy head of white foam that just stays on and on and on. decent lacing, although perhaps not as impressive as it could have been given the head. Overall a very nice looking beer.

Slight funk on the nose, very organic, with a big whiff of wheat characters. Slight bite to it as well, possibly acidity, possibly fruity hops, something slightly phenolic about it. Bit medicinal in places. Quite interesting.

Taste is initially sharp, with a singular hop bite on the front, which coalesces into a raw organic character juggernauting its way through the centre of the palate. Finish is slightly tart and slightly medicinal, with some menthol characters popping their way out on the back. It feels pretty rough and rugged, and the fine tingling carbonation keeps the palate active for a long time. Very interesting palate, but not one that I found particularly approachable.

An odd beer all up, this one. It has a lot of wild notes to it, and a lot of almost keller-like phenolic character. It's sharp and drinkable, if a bit too untamed for many palates. (1,115 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 bottle best before 9.11. New label.

It is a gusher so beware.

Pours a murky amber/orange. The white head billows and billows and as it recedes quickly, then slowly at the end it leaves some nice lacing.

It smells pretty strong, with nice spicy yeast, dark fruits, banana, clove, tropical, and candi sugar. It is definitely one of those scents that smells oh so good.

Take that smell, add a touch of malt and you have the flavor of this beer. It is pretty sweet but not cloying. Slightly bittersweet, but overall it is a bottle of yeasty, fruity goodness. Lip smackin good.

This is a damn good beer, one of the best Saisons I have had, it is sweeter and darker than most but pretty much with a high drinkablity, just beware the gush. (743 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale greenish yellow with big foamy head that nevertheless holds and then webs. Summery nose - fresh cut grass and honeysuckle blossoms - with a bit of waxy yeast underneath. Baguette and Golden Delicious malts, a sour middle, and a hit of lemongrass hops at the end. Prickly, smooth, dry and medium-bodied.

My first saison, so tough to judge, but not as much going on as 3 Monts, to compare a similar style. Still a nice warm weather drinker.

NOTE: My bottle is marked 5.4% ABV, it is 330ml and has a king and some hop flowers on the label. I trust it's the same beer...? (583 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tangelo orange with generous clouds of yeast drifting downward and generous streams of bubbles racing upward. The beige colored foam is airy and stiff, but it isn't sticky. A few scraps of bubble bath-like lace end up on the glass.

The nose is as much Belgian pale as saison. It features loads of golden fruit and yeasty spiciness. No funk and very little earthiness make the comparison even more valid. It would be great if the beer tastes as good as it smells.

Saison 1900 tastes like a slightly lighter, slightly lower-ABV Belgian tripel. Saison is such a wide-ranging style that the similarities aren't surprising. Too bad this is the 11.2 ounce bottle rather than the big dog seen in the picture.

Flavors include ripe pears and apples, white grapes, hints of lemon zest and light dustings of clove and white pepper. A faint tanginess probably means that some form of wheat is used. This isn't hugely complex beer, but it's damn tasty and refreshing. Not to mention quenching.

The second pour looks much better in terms of head and lace... and the beer itself still looks wonderful. The mouthfeel is light-medium and has an ideal amount of invigorating carbonation that never becomes annoyingly buzzy. Solid on all fronts.

With the exception of Blanche De Bruxelles (a wit), Brasserie Lefebvre brews good beer. Saison 1900 is a bona fide keeper and would be a wonderful choice during the warmer months. Too bad it's too expensive ($4.09 per single) to drink on a regular basis. (1,486 characters)

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Saison 1900 from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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