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Saison 1858 - Brasserie Du Bocq

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25 Reviews
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Reviews: 25
Hads: 73
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: biegaman on 08-02-2013

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Heading into the Ardennes region of Belgium, the flavor and flare of the farmhouse gets stronger and stronger. And as a gatekeeper of the brewing region, the brewers at Du Bocq give friendly introductions with this Saison that boasts its brewing origins.

Saison 1858 kisses the glass with a hazy blonde austere and a creamy white cap. Its persistent bouquet is rife of pilsner grain, but with an aura of citrus, honeysuckle and spice. Lightly malted and playfully doughy, the taste of fresh baking bread and sugar cookie make a slight headway with the initial sip.

Its supple lager-like maltiness carries a gentle undercurrent to the fruit and spice that plays out above. Apple, lemon and orange with hints of pear brace against slighter notions of freshly grated white pepper and vinous white wine for a gentle acidity in taste and mild late spicy earth bitterness.

Medium-light in its body, the saison is bright and bubbly with effervescence- springing to life with a creamy sparkling wine character. A quick aftertaste of citrus and spice ensures a bright and refreshed palate; perfect for piccata pastas, soft white fish and summer salads.

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Photo of sejorules
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Pale orange golden cloudy 3 fing of white thick head
S yeast floral ale like
T follows smell a little waterish yeast and floral
F: medium high carb nice and refresh.
O Nice feeling. Not many phases of taste but nice

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Photo of buschbeer
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

This beer pours pale yellow in color and cloudy with millions and millions of tiny bubbles feeding an everpresent white head that leaves chunks of foam of the sides of the glass.

Spicy aromas mix with fresh orange, and I get some lemon too.

The taste focuses on orange and coriander with the spicy yeast notes highlighting the flavor.

Medium and effervescent mouthfeel

My buddy gave me a bottle of this to try. I am glad he did. It is a very light and refreshing beer. Those Belgians just might know what they are doing.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very floral aroma, spicy with peppercorns and clove, soft peach, pear, and apple esters.

Flavor is fruit estery, with a very dry finish. Floral notes linger in the biscuity aftertaste. It's a touch bitter.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lemony gold with a nice soft haze. Little carbonation, topped with 2 fingers of off white foamy head.

Lemon rind, Belgian yeasts, light spice like cloves and coriander, a light fruity pear note. Sweet and fruity with an alcohol burn on the nose too.

Great. Belgian yeasts, spicy again with coriander, lemon zest, herbal bitter finish. Sage, some thyme and tarragon.

Light body, medium foamy carbonation.

Found this in Vientiane, Laos and brought it back to Chiang Mai to drink Sept. 3rd, 2015. Very well done Saison, better than any Goose Island version of a saison I've had. True to form and classic.

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Photo of tlema1
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L; hazy golden yellow, big thick fluffy head
S: nothing really there
T: slightly fruity, slightly tart
F: coats the tongue nicely, sweet finish
O: very refreshing and drinkable, but cost would prohibit me buying this again

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on my recent road trip to Belgium. Pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. Aromas of orange and malt. Tastes of sweet spices, orange, yeast, with a slight bitter hop on the aftertaste. Feels of medium carbonation. Overall, I was surprised by how much I like this one

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Photo of Radome
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

L - Very pale straw color, with a cloudy appearance. Head is pure white in color, and is initially hick and fluffy. It fades to a thin layer of tiny bubbles that completely covers the surface, along with thick, gooey lacing.

S - Aromas are of strong grain (wheat?), cracked black pepper and light fruitiness. Low lemon or citrus in the finish that seems more likely to be from yeast or spice addition than hops. No overt hops aromas. The aromas are subtle and clean and remind me of a Belgian wit or grand cru.

T - Light grain initially; again it seems more like wheat than the pilsner malt I'd normally expect in a saison. The mid-palate has strong black pepper and maybe a bit of subtle coriander. The finish has a sharp lemon-like acidity and some more spice.

F - Thin body is made more substantial by strong, prickly carbonation. Any hops bitterness is blended with and indistinguishable from the acidic tartness mentioned earlier. Low alcohol presence.

O- This is a clean, subtle saison that comes across as similar to a wit, but with a distinct lemon-like acidity.

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Photo of babaracas
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque straw color with thick creamy white head, sheet of lace down half the glass. Smell: wheat cracker, orange peel, lightly bready and sweet. Taste: spicy, snappy grain, orange, sugar cookie, coriander and a little clove. Fluffy feel, sugary and drying / spice finish. Well made but very witbier-ish, ok.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the bottle in a DFH snifter. This nice Saison pours a cloudy straw color with a fantastic head of white foam that lingers LONG and leaves astounding lacing. Nose of subtle lemons, light coriander and spices, orange zest, and earthy yeast. Flavors surpass the nose with soft grain and moderate candy malts that converge with orange and lemon zest as well as a lightly tangy earth tinged yeast featuring light banana and coriander notes in the back with a touch of white pepper. Outstanding. Prickly yet smooth carbonation makes for a lively and refreshing mouth feel with a lightly tart aftertaste. Excellent.


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Photo of stephens101
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow orange with off-white sheets of lace.

Quite inviting with plenty of orange, lemon, grapefruit, malt and vanilla aroma.

Sweet bread, pear, orange, a touch or lemon and a pinch of spice on the tongue.

Has a dry and long lasting hoppy finish.

One of the most perfectly balanced beers I've had in a very long time.

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Photo of Curtis
3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy pale yellow haze, not chunky at all, just not clear -"unfiltered". Has a very wine like aroma with some citrus, maybe lemongrass. Nice lacy head, dissipates after a couple of minutes. leaving a low lacy film on top. Slightly sharp on the tongue, could be the carbonation, but that fades further down the glass. I do like how it isn't overly sour like some Belgians can be. Seems light in taste, more flavor would be nice and earn a higher review. It's ok, not bad, not great -drinkable but it doesn't demand another glass. I'll finish the 22 oz bottle, but won't buy it again. Nice label, hoped for more.

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Photo of JFrank78
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From bottle. Pours a light hazy yellow with nice, yet minimal head. It's fresh and fizzy, but no real bite like a lot of American saisons. A very easy drinker, and delicious, but not overly unique.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale light yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus and yeast are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of lemons and yeast, although no peppery spices are noticeable from the latter.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between a witbier (from the lemons and wheat) and a saison (from the yeast). The wheat makes it a little lighter compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, light yellow beer with one finger high, offwhite head.

Nose: Belgian yeast, citrus, spice, pine and herbs.
Taste: Light, smooth taste of citrus, herbs, fresh fruit and malt.
Body: Medium body with crisp carbonation. A spicy, dry and bitter finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked, and um, bridled, sturdy-ass bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy, super-pale whitish straw colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and creamy bone-white head, which leaves some splattered and bubbly Asiatic continental lace around the glass as it slowly blows off.

It smells of sassy coriander and mirror-world orange peel, equally peppy earthy yeast, semi-sweet grainy pale malt, further aged lemon rind and muddled drupe fruit, and a decent table pepper spiciness. The taste is grainy, gritty pale malt, more earthy, ethereally funky yeast, a blended white pepper and coriander spice, a touch of the purported black licorice, reduced fleshy orange, sweet apple, and lemon notes, and tame weedy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is obviously quite pressing in its tight, palate-probing, and tingling frothiness, the body just on the lee side of yer typical medium weight, and not all that smooth, for the reason just stated. It finishes on the sweet side, the fruitiness combining with the lingering grainy malt to off-set the yeasty, bitter, and herbal tendencies.

A decent enough saison, the sort that compresses the distance between it and its witbier kissing cousin, what with the particular adjuncts employed here - I mean, what did they expect? Anyways, an enjoyable, and relatively drinkable lighter Belgian ale, given the 'season', i.e. the leftovers from last month, and whatnot.

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Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive yellow brew with an abudance of foam in the big Duvel tulip. Lovely yeasty and fruity aroma. Sprightly mouthfeel and a clean taste.

Pears and the bitterness of pear skins come to mind. The dry and yeasty flavors are robust but not overpowering. More wheatey and less acidic than a lot of Saisons. The perfumey hints add to the interest.

Highly drinkable and pleasant. One of the better Belgian Saisons in my experience. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, lot 2895 per the cork, best by 24-10-15 per the bottle, poured into a tulip
A: Light yellow, lots of carbonation produces a voluminous head even with a slow pour. Vigorous bubbles continue as the head slowly settles
S: Lemon, wheat, herbs, clove
T: Matches the nose, adding a bit of flavor from the yeast. The herbs and spices are pronounced but add nice contrast to the citrus/wheat
M: Light-bodied, spicy but a short finish
O: Tasty and a good example of the style, just somewhat lacking in complexity

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light, slightly hazy straw amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, mild citrus, apple family and stone fruit, light, pleasant spicing, mild saison yeast. Flavor is saison yeast, wheat, apple, pear and light stone fruit, clove and other Belgian spicing, lightly grassy. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. This is my kind of saison, not sour and without strong wild yeast flavors, although clearly a saison style yeast was used. The balance of the fruit flavors and spices is nicely done. Interesting wheat notes and I agree with other reviewers both that this has witbier characteristics and that it may not be for folks who want strong wild yeast and/or sour notes to their saisons. For what I'm looking for in this style, this is a winner. I'll get this again when it comes around again.

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Photo of titvs
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 16C). AROMA: moderate coriander aroma with citrus notes (orange) and medium-low floral hop aroma. very subtle malt aroma. APPEARANCE: golden, hazy color. very persistent white head with lacing. very effeverscent. FLAVOR: combination of citrus fruits with a dry finish. Low hop flavor with moderate bitterness that does not overwhelm fruity esters. Very light malt background. No sourness. High carbonation with a relative long bitter and dry aftertaste. PALATE: medium-light body with low alcohol warming level. High to very high carbonation with na efervescente quality. OVERALL: a nice medium fruity/spicy ale, highly carbonated with a dry finish.

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Photo of patpat
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this at the discount liqour shop that has recently been putting in a solid effort at stocking beers. Hadn't seen this before and picked it up for a try. Expires January 2015. Poured this 330 ml bottled beer into a tulip glass and wish I hadn't. Another kind of glass may have been better... The head was generous and stayed throughout, lacing the glass. Beautiful light golden color and the bubbles streamed up from the bottom of the glass into the noticeably creamy, rich head.

Smell was fruit and had that banana sweet smell that I used to hate but have begun to find very pleasing lately.

Not sour in the least, tangy and the earthiness was complementing fruit overtones. Tastes good. Works with food but could imagine having it on its own. Chicken, cheeses, or anything works I guess. Easy drinking and it warmed nicely. Alcohol was there but not overpowering. Definitely improved as it warmed up.

Carbonation is not heavy and mouthfeel was great.

Overall I was delighted with this beer so much that I decided to try to review it here. This is my first review here although I read here a lot. I'd buy this again but admittedly it's probably not everyone's favorite or at least the people around here. The price was right at around $3.50. Craft beer is pretty dear here in Japan.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Great appearance of cloudy straw and a nice white fluffy head that retains well and laces.

S - Citus, spice.

T - Up front some nice citrus notes with a nice spicy palate the finish is zingy and a little earthy.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - One of the better saissons you will find.

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Photo of endovelico
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an hazy saffron brew with enormous foamy head, low perceived effervescence and great lacing.

S: Medium intensity. Overarching notes of banana, clove with a decent twang thrown in to the mix. Citrusy, floral and some barnyard back-notes.

T: Medium to medium low intensity. Nice oaty like velvety maltiness with soft honey suckle, floral and citrusy flavours.

M: Softly carbonated, smooth on the tongue, with a decent body and a relatively long finish.

O: Kinda breaches into Wit territory by subduing the traditional brisky, farm character usually seen. A good take on the style regardless.

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Photo of benfons
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: looks like a witbeer, pale hazy golden colour, nice thick white head

S: coriander, citrus, hints of hops, also something slightly soapy

T: citrus, malts, hints of grass and hops

M: less carbonation than I normally like, but her it's fine, medium body

O: this is really close to a witbeer, really refreshing, seems to be a great beer on a hot summerday

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The cork shots out the bottle at near bullet-speed. This almost violent force leads way for an equally impatient charge of bubbly foam that fortunately finds its way into the glass (and not the floor). Despite this initial excitement, however, everything quietly settles into a patchy clump and the beer's bright (but very hazy) yellow colour can be calmly appreciated.

Brasserie Du Bocq has obviously studied the manual for farmhouse ales. Saison 1858 combines sunny citrus fruit and 'farmhouse' characteristics to make a textbook smelling Saison. While many like to spotlight an orchard fruit (pear, apple) persona, this one expels citrus. When combined with the musty, funky 'farm' qualities it smells like the beer is sweating lemons.

Saison 1858 might be too tame to arouse those drinkers who like a really offbeat saison. In truth, it drinks (despite the 6.4%) more like a Witbier; it has a spritzy mouthfeel, breezy citrus and a light maltiness that tastes of oats and straw. The yeast - typically quite explosive in Saisons - has more or less been entirely disarmed; there's hardly any spice and realtively few esters.

With the yeast tempered and the malts providing only cereal grain sweetness, fruits tend to run the show. Some sips taste vividly of green apple while others are like a fresh-cut slice of pear. Lemon comes up again and again throughout and flavours of orange wedge appear here and there. There's also an earthy, hay-like note that reminds us of the style's rural farmhouse origins.

Saison 1858's only unique aspect is its scarcity. I suspect it couldn't hold up in a side-by-side tasting with the best of them, but on its own, especially if the mood calls for it, it is an outstandingly pleasant beer. It is a lighter Saison that should satisfy most craft drinkers and is certain to appeal to mainstream audiences. Something to consider (...should you spot it).

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Saison 1858 from Brasserie Du Bocq
86 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.