Saison 1900 - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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BA SCORE
82
good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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: 70 | Reviews: 55
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 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 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 Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange, hazy with a pillowy 3-finger head which is very long-lasting. Spotty fizzy lace.

S: Green grapes, Belgian yeast, very fruit, a lot of White Burgundy type characteristics.

T: Honeyed pears, light curacao orange, similar to a wit. Notes of pepper and bitter barnyard hops in the finish.

M: Not over-carbonated at all, which is great after I saw the head a bit of it gushed out of the bottle. Very smooth, medium-bodied, light on the tongue.

D: I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I read about it in one of the late Michael Jackson's book. Found a single looking lonely at Hi-Time, so I picked it up. Quite a treat, lucky I finally got to try it. A great late summer quencher.

Photo of Avagadro
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I popped the wire-reinforced cork, the smell was the first thing that hit me. Its a little like a traditional American Lager, but the fruits begin to over power that as you pour it. The color is a darker orange with a little head which dissipates in only a few moments. The taste is overwhelmingly fruity... a whole potpourri seems to emerge when you hold it in your mouth. The after taste is like the of a grape juice, with a solid lingering of only a few distinct fruits. Its a very drinkable beer thats made for the summer weather, and will accompany any hot day.

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 seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joey for the bottle (11.2oz). Best by May 2010.

Golden apricot color with a decent inch of clear white foam on top that leaves some lacing on the sides.

Floral upfront with some wild flowers, tropical notes and fruits like pears, apples, and hints of pineapple. After a while the Belgian yeast influence becomes even more apparent and truly shines with aromas of bubblegum, soft banana, lemon grass in the background, and subtle spices. The malt is very nice too with a toasty sweetness that blends with a note of honey.

Starts off with some malt sweetness and a fruity combination of pear, pineapple, apples, apricots, and banana. Then, the mid-palate is loaded with clove and a peppery spiciness and a dose of alcohol flavor that detracted me at first but it disappeared in the finish. The noticeable alcohol fades about halfway through the drink and becomes better integrated as it warms up a few degrees. More floral and fruity as it goes along but without getting two or one-dimensional. Near the end there is a graininess form the malt that brings in a little more character to the beer.

Full bodied with a moderate to high carbonation level that is quite soft in the middle but roughing with the edges a bit. Extremely easy to drink, very flavorful and almost sessionable. Lacked the dryness that I've encountered in almost all other saisons, and also the earthy/belgian yeast "funk." Closer to a Belgian pale ale, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a clear dark gold in color with a thin creamy, white head and a little lacing. There is some citrus spice and hops in the aroma. The body is firm with a toffee-like maltiness. It is crisp and clean with a refreshing citric finish. A very nice summer beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.99/5  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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : Amber clear color (on ly), with tight foamy head, well saturated.
Smell : strong malty aroma, fruity hops.
Taste and mouthfeel: round in the mouth, caramel and citrus notes, bitterness, subtle taste of grilled back.
Drinkability : good beer in the style season.

Photo of skypup
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of interzen
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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 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 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 StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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...?

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of deg
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a tulip glass, and it was nice and cloudy with a little bit of head. I could smell hops and a little malt. The taste had some spice and some hop bitterness. I did not notice any fruitiness in the taste or smell. Easy on the palate, no alcohol burn or cloying aftertaste.

Photo of impending
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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
unique
cheers
jd

Photo of DmanGTR
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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...

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Saison 1900 from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
82 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.