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Saison 1900 - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Saison 1900Saison 1900

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BA SCORE
82
good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 03-13-2003)
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Reviews by bryanbrick:
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bryanbrick

California

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 04:42:05 | More by bryanbrick
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New Jersey

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wethorseblanket

California

2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 02:14:29 | More by wethorseblanket
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thomasausud

France

3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 18:27:29 | More by thomasausud
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-29-2012 22:09:44 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

09-01-2012 02:49:17 | More by t0rin0
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samEBC

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-10-2012 21:01:37 | More by samEBC
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 02:50:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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phaedrusovchaos

Romania

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-29-2011 22:09:12 | More by Jaacob
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skypup

Germany

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 10:36:07 | More by skypup
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sfprint

Germany

2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:22:25 | More by sfprint
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:31:06 | More by Jason
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 11:15:05 | More by rvdoorn
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rarbring

Sweden

3.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 20:50:00 | More by rarbring
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impending

California

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 06:10:15 | More by impending
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 21:30:22 | More by krisandajt
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 13:39:09 | More by eric5bellies
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 14:11:00 | More by Gueuzedude
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ccrida

Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 03:50:52 | More by ccrida
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 23:45:46 | More by organicbrewer
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Saison 1900 from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
82 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.