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Saison 1900 - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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BA SCORE
82
good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.55/5  rDev +26%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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 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.

Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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 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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
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 Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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 scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

Very faint haze in this golden hay colored brew. Mountainous head that recedes to thick film with strong lacing. Nice floral hop bouquet with a hint of earth from the hps as well. Not to mention the dry, untoasted grain aroma. Good floral and light spice upfront. Then malts slowly mellow spice and earthiness of the hops to a dry yet crisp grainy palate. This would be a nice late Spring, early Summer beer. Maybe a little strong to be sessionable, but pretty darn close.

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 stcules
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber, white foam, some big bubbles, with not a very good appearance.
The beer is very clear and limpid.
Smell: malt, spicy, candy sugar, orange peel, pepper, and others spices. Maybe an hint of cherry?
At the taste it is quite oily, with a full taste. MAybe lightly sour and citric.
An hint of smoked. The background is malty, round and full.
Medium body, adequate.
Spicy aftertaste, but even some hop that come back.
Good saison.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.88/5  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 dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of illidurit
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of popery
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly mediocre for a saison. The beer pours a light yellow-orange color, fairly clear, with a big puffy white head. Actually, the beer is a pretty good gusher even cold. The aroma is a bit lacking in intensity, particularly. What's there is a fairly simple sweet malt, lightly phenolic character. The flavor is similar. There's just not a lot to love. It's not awful, just mild and not terribly interesting. It's fairly refreshing, really, with a light, sourish lemony hop note. The flaws are more of a comparison to the style than to any particular problem with the beer. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, again, for the style. Overall, I just want more out of a relatively expensive saison.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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...

Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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 rarbring
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Saison 1900 from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.