Saison 1858 - Brasserie Du Bocq
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Reviews by benfons:
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
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
03-27-2014 20:51:58 | More by benfons
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3.99/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
05-31-2014 08:55:17 | More by eric5bellies
3.89/5 rDev -5.6%
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).
08-02-2013 14:04:00 | More by biegaman
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-19-2014 13:32:08 | More by patpat
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
05-15-2014 19:38:26 | More by endovelico
Saison 1858 from Brasserie Du Bocq
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