Saison D'Epeautre - Brasserie de Blaugies

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 25
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

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Ratings: 222 | Reviews: 125
Reviews by Jwale73:
Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my Weyerbacher tulip. Pours a golden yellow with a fizzy/fluffy, three inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates. There is quite a bit of carbonation evident in solution. Head eventually settles into a frothy, quarter inch cap. Nose is fairly clean - lemon zest in the foreground, a light herbal presence in the background as well as some grassiness and maybe a touch of candi sugar. Taste consistent with nose; however, first impressions make it a bit difficult to tease out the flavors due to the gassy/prickly carbonation levels. Once the carbonation subsides, the flavor profile comes off a bit watered down. Mouthfeel is light in body with a little acidity and an overly assertive, gassy carbonation. Overall - nothing to write home about. Flavors are a bit lackluster and the carbonation is just a little too aggressive. Not bad, but there are better examples of the style out there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green Belgian style bomber, caged and corked, this one opened with a mighty release of energy, heads up when opening! Pours a dull shade of light tangarine hued amber, cloudy, under an initially white flluffy head. Good retention leading to a thick 1/8 inch film of lovely soft tiny bubble foam. Fine lacing, stringy and spotty, then a wiff of lemony, soapy aroma. This is a delicious, spicy, easy drinking saison. Generous amounts of pepper, more lemony, tangarine and assorted citrus notes. Yummy stuff. soft on the tongue and velvety smooth in and around the mouth. I really enjoyed this one. Belgian saison lovers do yourself a favor and pick some of this stuff up if you find in your neighborhood.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy straw gold with a 2” pure white very fluffy and creamy head that produces excellent detailed lace. A light fruit, floral nose with light grains and a touch of grain spice. On the palate it is dry, light, and effervescent, with a little slickness. The flavors are light fruit on the palate over light grains with a moderate malt sweetness. The hops are very restrained. It has a light medium body with above average carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very nice clouded sunshine golden colore head is very carbonated fine champagne like bubbles on this one leaves ample amounts of lacing with decent head retention. Aroma: Citrusy, peppery, spices cidery like small Belgium craft brew made in a farmhouse, good stuff here. Taste: Refreshing as all hell, that Saison style does it just right tart apples, wild spices, mild bready yeast tones and lemon grassy note ties it all together. Mouthfeel: Extremely spritzy but nice clings to the palate medium to light bodied ale. Drinkability: Next best thing to a lemonade on a hot summer day. I must thank crookedhalo for the opportunity to sample this jewel.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet and light malts along with mildy tart pear and green apple aromas. As the beer warms the fruit aromas gain some earthiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of pear and green apple flavors. The fruit flavors are on the sweet side up front before gaining some unobtrusive tartness midway through the sip. Mild leafy hop flavors join in right before a slightly bitter and mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have another.

Overall this was a solid saison that opens up a bit as it warms. Worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really nice. Lost a point for appearance, because of all the floaties swimming around in it. Palate is very dry, lemony, spicy (pepper), spritzy, fizzy mouthfeel. Pretty nice, and dry, which a lot of the time i prefer. Serious yeast floating around in it though, bloody hell. (Bottle GBBF 03')

Photo of Smashix2000
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first saison, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. When i went to take the cork out of the bottle it literally exploded out! Poured a nice pale golden color with a thick head with nice retention. The beer was also very bubbly.

Smelled of yeast, with a slightly hoppy back smell.

The initial taste was sharp, almost spicy, then laying back into a more mellow malt flavor. It left me looking forward to every sip.

Mouthfeel was good. I liked the high carbonation and medium-light body.

This was quite a drinkable beer. I'll definately have to look into other beers of this style

Photo of Aberration
2.64/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was a bit old, from 2004 specifically. This paired with the fact that it wasn't meant to be aged that long will impact the review...but this is for educational purposes I guess.

A: Extremely carbonated, pale yellow. The cork almost exploded off as soon as I tried to pop it.

S: Lacking in smell, slight hints of lemon in the background of malt.

T: The taste was very lacking. This was most likely due to the fact of its age...but alas...it saddened me. Slight lemon, slight fruitiness and very carbonated. Like a bud light with a hint of lemon.

M: Due to the extreme carbonation, this beer had some good mouthfeel at least! Refreshing.

O: I think this beer would have been great...had I obtained it 5 years ago. Definitely worth a try if its fresh!

Photo of SMark
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer was poured from a 750ml bottle with an incredible amount of head. Small tiny bubbles were running rampant throughout this cloudy yellowish brew.

Yeast was apparent while pouring. Some maltiness was lingering in the background but not very noticeable.

Some spiciness and yeasty flavors came out. It reminded me of an off tasting sparkling wine.

Very light in the mouth and exhibited frizzante tendencies of a Moscato d’Asti without the cool sweetness.

This was a little disappointing at the wine and beer tasting placing 6th out of 7 beers. I probably need to revisit at some other time.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very yellowy light orange with a nice fizzy white head that has decent retention but nothing crazy leaving ok lace.

Nose is of light fruit, belgian yeast, some citrus zest, and a bit of grain.

Taste follows. Apples, pear, slight peach, major belgian yeast. Some slight citrus zest is here, good graininess and a tiny bit of wild character.

Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated, nice and dry on the finish.

Drinkability is quite good here, as it should be for a table beer of this abv .

Overall a very enjoyable saison. Defenitely one I will be purchasing and imbibing again. I like the flavor alot, but I wish they would tone down the carbonation ever so slightly. I like the dryness of the finish. All around good and authentic saison. quality beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aroma is melange of spice. It's cloudy yellow with a little head. Bold carbonation, tart acidic citus fruit,yeasty, malted down. Spelt gives it interesting fresh rye bread flavours. Hops are present. Drying finish with sprucy pine. Better as it warmed, nice saison.

Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

78F today in Los Angeles, so why not crack open a Saison? Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Hazy golden poppy liquid is heavily populated by gobs of yeast and held down by an immense loft of ivory merengue. Thick sticky lacing and clear polish paint the sides of the glass. Excellent retention.

Aromas are evocative of pastoral European countryside - fresh water drawn from deep stone wells; just-threshed wheat; wildflowers and blooming trees - rounded out by toast and white wine grapes.

The palate is delicate - mostly following the odors, but also suggesting apples, fresh baguette, and a bit of citrus. Tart, grassy, and slightly bitter - the finish really does bring to mind champagne with its dry mineral-heavy nature. Simple, regional, rustic, yet elegant.

Light bodied but well carbonated and almost creamy.

A very refreshing ale, with a subtle complexity throughout. One of the best examples of the style I've thus far encountered.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork pops and out comes a cascade of bubbles into the sink. Pours a golden wheat colour, big, beautiful white head takes up a good half of the glass. Looks like a Saison to me!

Dusty yeast and sugar on the nose. Typical apple and green apple aroma as well.

A light, and, as a previous reviewer noted, delicate saison. There's a real wheatiness that gives it a good deal more substance, giving it a nice chewy malt profile. Strong pear flavours. Yeast and subtle sugar throughout.

Perfect carbonation. Wonderful refreshing drinker. A good one. Saisons are my favourite, and this didn't disapoint.

Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle with they year 2005 printed on the label. The cork absolutely explodes off the bottle. Man this beer has a lot of carbonation as the cork probably could have traveled 200 feet if I would have opened it outside. A small amount of beer fizzes over the top of the bottle upon opening the bottle.

Poured into a tulip glass, this is a pale yellow beer with a massive white head and lots of bubbles. The nose is pleasantly spicy with citrus and the farmhouse funk that I have come to love out of a good Belgian saison. The taste features a faint malt presence with some spice and a slight sourness that finishes crisp and dry. Overall, this is a really solid saison that was enjoyable and recommended.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 375 cl at the Hopduvel in Ghent. The cashier asked me where I found this beer. I guess its not a popular option, but it should be. My first reaction was that it was like Saison Dupont, but thin I realized it also have creamy vanilla flavors and notes like Duvel. Damn, this beer is good. It was a bit of a foamer when I took the cork out, but once settled it has an appropriate carbonation level and is easy drinking. This is a perfect example of a lower alcohol saison. Drink this if you can find it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. A little nudge on the cork and it pops and gushes.

Appearance - Moderate haze. Huge head. Specks of yeast sediment float on the surface. Lots of chunks settle to the bottom. Retains nice surface foam.

Smell - Lemony citrus. Hay and grass. Grainy. Some doughy malts and a bit of sweetness.

Taste - Falls a little flat compared to the nose. Grainier. Complexity of the lemon and hay is muddled. Sweeter, too. Grainy finish. Slightly musty and a little dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Spritzy carbonation.

Overall - Nice aroma that doesn't quite translate into the taste. Pretty good all around though.

Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, sunshine hay-gold in hue; massive white head, at the apex there was easily a fist of foam. Half my glass was liquid and the other half was head; the bubbles hung around a good while before they slowly started to fade. There wasn’t much lacing which is a surprise considering how much head there was. A small cap lasted the entire consumption however. Overall, this is a pleasant looking beer.

The nose was fresh and lively. For reasons only know to me I was expecting something grainier and darker in aroma. Maybe I thought the spelt would play too much with the traditional aromas of a Saison; not so much. Spicy hops, earthy, peppery, citrus zest, bready-yeast, coriander, maybe a kiss of wheat, some pleasant notes of must at the finish. I like how bright the nose is! It is rustic and innovative; the aromas say “Saison” to me and I can’t ask anything more.

The palate is not as lively or complex as the nose; bummer. Maybe the liveliness was muted by the maltiness. While not as malty as a Biere de Garde I find it fairly malty for the style. I noticed the spelt in the palate; biscuits, bready, earth, and there is plenty of sweetness (with a tart finish). Lemony, zesty, peppery, musty grapes, some barnyard funk, a kiss of wood, and a smattering of spices and grapes. I like the flavor profile well enough; fairly complex and likable. This is a very solid Saison.

Medium in body, modest carbonation, fairly smooth and still lively enough; the mouthfeel fits this beer very well. Nice.

I found this beer to be plenty drinkable and equally likable; Blaugies is a brewery I respect but I was a little “put off” buying this beer. I’m just so leery of buying beers that say things like “brewed with spelt” on the front label. Spelt isn’t special! My insanity aside I enjoyed this beer very much and will buy more of it. I purchased my 750ml bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. Worth a try.

Photo of dgallina
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml dark green magnum dated 2005 on the cork.

Pours clear fizzy yellow with big soapy white head. Quite a bit of sediment in the bottle, so had to decant very gently. Smells relatively hoppy for a one to two year-old saison. Fresh green grass and mint on tart lemon and lime peel base. Flavor is very fruity. Well-rounded sweet and sour lime is dominant, with a chewy minty grass background. Very light and lively body. This beer is quite refreshing. A bit sweet and shallow, but would be *very* welcome on a hot summer day.

Photo of osusullins
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gold/straw color with thick white head. Perfect looking tulip pour. Strong lacing.

Smell is funky. I pick up alot. Some citrus, hay, pear and some other smell I can't quite place.

Taste is nice. Lots of lemon and spice. Some bready malt presence, but not much.

Beer is very light. Tons of carbonation. Almost too airy for my blood.

I am not the biggest saison fan, but this is a tasty beer. I was eating this with a bbq pork sandwhich and it really seemed to enhance the flavor of the meat. Nice beer. I would drink another one.

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Saison d'explode exploded in a volcanic furry of white foam, so much so I still think I have beer in my ear, no shit. Very violent, lost about half the bottle. Anywho, the saison pours a cloudy yet bright pale orange color with a huge pure white head. Moderate to large carbonation bubbles slowly settle into a puffy cap, no lacing. The aroma is sweet, tart, and funky. Browned apple skins, lemon, hay, and a slight touch of horse blanket. The taste is dry and tart. Green apple, pear, and lemon hit forefront, followed by some candi sugar and hay. There is some farmhouse funk but its subtle. The body has a moderate feel, airy carbonation, actually doesn't feel overcarbonated surprisingly. Finishes dry and slightly tart like a saison should. A very nice saison. I would like to see it less explosive but it is a great example of a dry tart saison. I personally prefer some more yeasty flavors but I would recommend this beer as long as you have a clean bucket available when you uncork this bad boy.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright golden orange color with a thick white head that displayed great retention and left a nice lustrious sheet lacing. There was a good amount of huge peppery floaties that danced about in suspension from the strong visible carbonation that was buried beneath the cloudy turbidity.

S: spicy hops and orange peel aroma along with some lemon pepper hints and a subtle tart yeastiness.

T: a nice zesty spiciness of lemon pepper and hay notes, which im guessing was from the spelt. There was a touch of grassiness as well some dry oranges and breadiness. A nice tartness and funkiness from the yeast compliments this beer nicely. The spelt contributed a nice grassy and grainy presence to the palate which was quite different and appreciable. The beer finished dry with some light hay like hints.

M: medium with loads of carbonation bringing the mouthful to life. There was a nice grassy and grainy feel on the tongue as well.

D: Great drinkability and one that is worthy of a recommend.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color ale with a thick pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma consists of funky Belgian yeast with some big malt and some spices or hops that provide a very herbal feel. Taste of floral malt with subtle funky yeast and a dry finish from (I believe) Saaz hops. This beer is definitely not filtrated with lots of sediment at the bottom and lots of carbonation. Very well done and something that I will enjoy drinking often – a session saison if I can say.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage 750 ml bottle

I picked this one up in Spartanburg a couple of months ago. Nice little place had this sitting on the shelf for clearance of all of things. So I definitely had to pick this one up and get it back to the house. Served at a nice fifty degree temperature, this one was poured into a snifter.

Very nice and extremely hazy golden yellow color came through immediately. Lots of sediment in here now as well. Huge carbonation profile could be seen with lots of chains of bubbles cascading up to the top of the glass to reinforce the huge champagne like head that came over the top of it. Lots of side glass lacing and a copious foam that would not quit. Very nice aroma here, lots of light grain, hints of grass, light lemon and a touch of grape. Nice airy smell gave way to a very nice flavor. Very light, and perfect for this summer day. First way was a slightly tart fresh grass like flavor. Some hints of peaches, pears, and a touch of tartness as well. Very nice light cereal grain flavor in the middle which became a touch bready as it warmed. Long finish of dried out bitter earthy notes and a touch of light fruit. Slightly sour on the tongue after a few moments. Fantastic carbonation kept it feeling very light and refreshing and this bottle was no issue at all to finish off as the profile was light, low abv and a wonderful bit of carbonation.

Overall I really thought this was a fantastic beer. Nice four year vintage really helped this and if it was ever really sour it has been significantly mellowed with time and the overall balance of it was really just quite nice. I was glad there were two on the shelf, as this has held up very nicely and it would be a pleasure to have it again.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap over at the LP.

Pours a clear straw color with a smallish white head, fades at a slow rate and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily that yeasty banana aroma, muted hops, and a light funk.

Taste is surprisingly dull and seems watery at times, the banana has the largest presence coupled with a very light lemon citrus, carbonation isn't overly assertive and gives a nice dry finish.

Compared to the other saison I had on-tap, this one just seems to be lacking flavor, on the other hand it probably is more drinkable and less cloying.

Photo of hansgruber
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL into an English pint glass..

Lovely shade of golden yellow with great carbonation for the style. Its nice and lively but leaves no lacing and not much head after it subsides. Streams of bubbles throughout.

The nose is earthy, sweet, hoppy, fruity, rustic, and has a bit of bubblegum in there too. Pretty much everything I love about Saisons all in one.

Taste is a mild hop flavor and bitterness. Slight sweetness and also earthy flavors as well. Everything from the nose is on showcase here. Bitter on the finish. Very nicely balanced and tastes great.

The mouthfeel is not too dry and the lively carbonation dances around your mouth. It's a very easy drinker.

It's as good as the first time I remember having it and better than all the times in between. Probably my second favorite Saison behind Dupont's.

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Saison D'Epeautre from Brasserie de Blaugies
89 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.