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Saison 1900 - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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BA SCORE
82
good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gusler on 03-13-2003

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 55
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Photo of Jason
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice one. Yeasty, peppery, orangey, lemony, spicy, marzipan. Nice lightly creamy mouhtfeel. Dry, with a mild bitterness on the finish, tasty saison. To add to the fact that it tasted good, the mouthfeel was sharp, yet soft and at the same time, went went my steak and frites.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 to share but I had most of it. Orange colour with orange bubbly head. Aroma pepperish spicy. Easy drinking fruity medium plus mouthfeel. Yeast and lemony, some sugar,aggressive carbonation. Bannana and vanilla, not as spicy as some saison. Not a Fantome.
A real treat thanks to boutip, aka phyl21ca

Photo of sfprint
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not the same beer as the Saison 1900 already listed on BA. This one is spelled differently and is 6.7% abv.

This pours a cloudy orange amber with a very thick, pillowy white head and thick lacing. Nose of assertive peaches, bananas and bee's wax. Some light carmel/toffee also underlying in nose.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully rich, complex and full. Full, big flavors of candy sugar, stone fruit, bananas, malt, spice and sweet bell peppers that grows in complexity with added flavors of carmel/toffee and burnt butter. Flavors are rich, full, complex and layered.

A wonderful rich malt, fruit, green pepper complex finish lasts for minutes.

This is a very good drink and likely very good with many types of food. A winner all around. I only found one bottle on the shelf, I believe at a BevMo. I'd buy a dozen bottles if I find it again.

Photo of kylesobrien
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Somewhat like a continental Pilsener, although more orange-hued and hazy. A frothy white head forms some lacework on the glass and is refreshed by a consistent stream of fine bubbles. The lace is persistent and attractive; it provides a nice contrast to the color of the ale.

Smell: The aroma is not very pronounced, and while some hop character is perceptible, something smells of cardboard. The brew smells yeasty, although some care was taken to leave most of the sediment in the bottle. Something about the odor is unpleasant, but I can't put my finger on what exactly it is.

Mouthfeel: The beer would have a softer texture, if not for the high level of carbonation. It has a bit more body than I initially expected.

Taste: Sweet. A bit skunky. Bitter in the finish, with a lingering aftertaste of coriander and some citrus. Not at all dry.

Drinkability: It may just be this bottle, but I feel like one of these would be enough. The sweetness would be cloying after a while, and the aftertaste seems to last longer and longer as you finish the glass. There's something vaguely honey-like about it, and not in a good way. The skunky hop bitterness isn't balancing out that taste well either.

I was hoping for more with this one, I really was. While I'm grateful I ran across another saison to try, I can't recommend this except to folks who want to try every example of the style humanly possible. It may have just been a bad bottle, but if this is how saisons were brewed in 1900, I'm glad we're living in a new age.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright tangerine with a towering 2 finger plus eggshell white head that was foamy, firm, and well lasting. A sticky, spongy coating graces the walls. There was an initial turbidity and swirling haze that danced in the feverishly strong carbonation. A thin spongy coating sits atop for the remainder of the drink. A beautiful coloring, hazy turbidity and well lasting head make for a good appearance and start.

S: a nice funkiness of sour oranges and light mildew highlights the yeasty nature. Some light fresh lemons also presents itself. The overall strength was fairly light and refrained.

T: The flavor opens up with tart oranges and lemons. Musky, with a nice citrusy bitterness. A dried fruitiness was also detected but hard to pinpoint exactly what specifically. Light traces of sweet candy sugar add background notes. Overall found the flavor really smooth in progression with a nice tartness and barnyard funk and was easy to enjoy.

M: medium full with a light creaminess and a good feel of carbonation detected on the tongue. Sour citrusy orange afterthoughts linger for a brief while.

D: Smooth drinkability, tart, slightly funky, and fairly well suited per style. Overall would drink this again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an yellow color beer with a huge head with super great retention (head even stick to side of glass after each sip). Aroma is malty with some sweetness and some yeast in the background. Taste is very refreshing with some good malt surrounded by a light spice mix and some yeast in the finish. Would probably have enjoyed it even more if there had been more spices in the mix – it king of ends up being a light saison. Still very refreshing and enjoyable though.

Photo of thomasausud
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear amber color as it sets in the glass, crowned by a majestic head, that is frothy in its consistency, brilliant white in color, after it dissipates the resultant lace a fine covering sheet upon the glass. Sweet malt with hints of pineapple, fresh and crisp, even a touch of orange peel; start is sweetly malt, the top slender in its feel to the palate. Finish is delicate in its acidity with the hops mild and understated, sweet till the end, dry aftertaste, a quite drinkable beer at any rate, have developed a love for these “Saison’s” lately.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Antilochus
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle in The Dovetail, Clerkenwell. Strawish body under a small white cap with good retention. Nose has some noble hop spice, pretty simple with pale malt presence, wouldn't have guessed this was a saison. Palate is a bit sweet, not very distinctive. Too friendly for me.

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of organicbrewer
2.98/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.16/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of bryanbrick
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date of 09:07 (I'll assume that is July of '09 and not the other way around)In a brown 11.2 oz bottle.

Pretty golden hue, a shade of wet straw, pours a thick 3/4 head that slowly dissapated in the center of the glass but hung tight around the edge of the glass. A little swirl with get this going again, doesn't take much.

The smell is a bit disappointing for me and the most lacking part of the beer. Even as this warmed it really didn't improve on the simple, doughy yeast driven nose with touches of dried citrus. No funk, which is points against in my book. Nothing more than average.

But the flavors are spot on for the style. Slightly earthy with lots of damp pine (not in a bitter hop way) granite, slight apricot notes, tangerine and a likeable dryness. This speaks of Saison in all its many ways, it is like they master blended all the Saisons in the world and came up with this guy. Maybe that's where the "1900" came from.

I love the level and feel of the carbonation here it is bold and prickly on entry and quickly disolves to leave a mousse-like feel. This coats the mouth without any discernable sweetness or heavy malt laden flavors.

Drinkability of this is really high. I wish I got a 4-pk instead of a single now. Great summery beer and a great beer to open the door to this style.

If the nose would better it would be my go to Saison. But I still feel there are more exciting versions out there. Great place to start though.

Photo of crossovert
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of GreenCard
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled the 75cl bottle...

Appearance: pale golden color, very slight haze, a narrow layer of bubbly off-white foam w/ OK head retention, vapid looking

Aroma: wheat, malt, cotton candy, green pears, almonds

Flavor: toasty malt flavor, peanut shells, slight tang, passion-fruit in the background, mild hop flavoer and a nonexistant bitterness, not much here, malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, tepid carbonation

Overall Impression: Pretty disappointing even considering that I had a pretty low expectation for it. A bit watery and one-dimensional. Not fit for inclusion in one of my favorite Belgian beer styles. Even after swirling up the dregs and dumping it in, the beer is still quite boring.

Photo of Beeryce
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet from 330ml bottle producing a voluminous bright white very thick head which had good stability and retention. The nose had a fruitiness to the hop character that was of raspberries becoming more malty with warmth. The color was pale amber with more of a orange-clover honey hue to it that gave it a slight turbidity; also rather carbonated almost effervescent.

The beer started out with a complex bright but simultaneously tart taste with just a touch of sweetness, best described as sour cherries. This melds to a spicy clove sourness with fruity hints to it- granny smith apples with cloves and cinnamon. Overall sour and bitter tastes dominate but enough spice and fruitiness is present to complement. A sparkling beginning to mouthfeel fades to dry-powdery sensation on tongue. The general taste, as well as mouthfeel, somewhat remind me of Lambic.

My first taste of this style and while I appreciate it I am not a big fan. Under the right conditions I think I could enjoy this beer more, (reviewed in Brazil on warm summer evening) like a chilly autumn day. I did enjoy the complexity but this beer, and I guess the style as a whole, has low drinkability for me. Defiantly a beer to try, which I will do again for its rarity of style, however not a favorite in my book. I was very surprised to see cane sugar listed as an ingredient on the label. Interested to know why this is employed and what it brings to the overall character of the beer.

Photo of ernie
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronze color, lively appearance with unusually high level of carbonation, yellowish head, modest but visible lace.

Aroma malty-yeasty, full of fruit flavors.

Start spritzy, taste malty with hint of fruit (apple, apricot?) and some grain. Hops appear towards the finish. Firm slender body. Aftertaste malty-bitter.

Very pleasant beer from a versatile brewery, one of the most available Saisons in the international market. Worth a try.

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz thanx to phil from canada

L20112004 14:33

gold and super carbonated with active bubble life from the bottom-center up. majestic 1-finger foam dissipating slowly, leaving a thin lace. smell is an even mix of butterscotch and lemon. more tripel than saison, and not a good tripel smell either. tastes light with the lemon shining thru like lemon merengue pie, perhaps or maybe pledge wood cleaner. wheaty lightness to the body. crisp but flavorless in its finish. this came as a bonus bottle in a trade, and for that i am thankful. would not seek this beer out, plainly average and sure to offend some folks.

Photo of paterlodie
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 15032006. Poors in with overwelming head cause of the huge amount of carbon dioxide. Beercolor is bronze and is clear. Nose is saison like with the stable in it and next to that a green hint of resh cut grass, litle sourness, some maltarome and candysugar.
Taste is quiet similar as nose only added some bitterness in the end. Dry taste overall and missing some body. Mouthfeel is good but maybe litle overdone on carbonisation. This influences drinkability but still could easily drink another one.

Photo of kkipple
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bryanbrick fer reminding me I have one of these laying around! His review, actually, is spot-on, so I'll just touch the basics as I am lazy and headed to bed soon. 11.2oz bottle.

A. Well, Saison 1900 is certainly pretty. Fat, puffy quick-dying head atop a clear gold brew. Nothing to complain about here, save maybe a lack of lace... but that's a reach.

S. Basic for a Saison. Actually this is more like a Belgian pale ale with some spice added... it's grainy, malty, vague and honeysuckled, hints of white pepper and green apple, but mostly sweet and tough to pin down. Not distinctive, in other words. But not bad, either.

T. Easy to drink, golden, yeasty beer! Spice adds character. Not sharp or powerful, but more blended and easy (at 6.7%, quite easy). Sometimes you just want a good beer, and this is vague enough to stall excessive analyzing, but tasty enough to keep me coming back for more.

M. Full and dry, thin, with a good honey-sweet finish tempered by spices and yeast character. Goes down easy. The difference is drinkability!

D. Not bad, not bad at all.

Saison 1900 is not a wonderful Saison, heck, it might not even really BE a Saison... but it's a pretty good easy drinking Belgian and probably a gentle intro to the style. Recommended, especially if you can find it on the cheap.

Photo of albern
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a super carbonated, yeasty, saison and fairly typical for the style. It pours a cloudy golden color with the beer foaming out of the bottle and efforvescing all over the place once it poured out. The head is frothy, billowing, and thick cream. It retains forever, and the lacing is billowing clouds around the whole glass. The nose candied sugars, Belgian yeast, fruity esters, sweet malts, maybe banana or citrus aromas too.

The taste is prodigiously yeasty, with a honeyed sweetness, some coriander, some banana, but mostly just farmhouse yeast. There is a bit of booziness to the beer, with the hops accentuating the alcohol tastes. The beer is 6.7% ABV, not 5.2 as listed on BA, so it would make sense that some rum soaked type booziness is coming out. The beer is medium bodied with lots of sweetish malts that complement the farmhouse yeast. The aftertaste is a bit on the honeyed sourish side, there is no lingering ABV throatiness, and the mouthfeel is light on the palate. Not bad.

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Saison 1900 from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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