Cazeau Saison | Brasserie De Cazeau

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Cazeau
Belgium
brasseriedecazeau.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tpd975 on 10-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
117
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.51%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not earth shattering or revolutionary in any way, but has a wonderful aroma, a lovely pale gold color, a prominent head reminiscent of Orval and an exquisite taste notes of pear and white grape (like a st. Germain saison [elderflowers rite? Haha]), for what it is, this is a damn near perfect drink

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

its funny how much i disliked their tripel, i wrote it off, and had no idea this was from the same brewery or i might never have bought it. its stunning, one of a kind, incredible saison. one of my favorite beers in recent memory, and a winner from top to bottom. i wish more beer like this was out there, and i have no idea where to get a second bottle. this was astonishingly good. weirdly clear for the style, but insanely heady and bright. rising white fluff several inches high and holding. it smells like honey, nectar, nature, spring, blooming, delicacy, sexual. i love it, i get elderflower blossom and funky yeast. its evident immediately to me that this is one of the driest beers ever made. its not just wheat malt either, lots going on with the grain. some sweetness and some hull, protein and spice, tannins in mild proportion and many yeasts from classic belgian saison to slight pre-bretty funk, its all happening. notes of orange with the wheat malt on the front end. tartness and elderflower pollen though the center, and finally a bold yeast that gives champagne and clear soda elements. i love everything about it. old enough to be mature, but fresh enough to retain these lively natural elements in pure form. as charged up as can be, and dry to the core. its flawless almost, and one of my favorite saisons ive ever had. i wish i could find more of this. literally shocking that these guys made the tournay tripel, which was so poor. this is expert work. elderflower and hops on the back end. a crazy rush of joy on the palate. infinitely drinkable. as good as it gets for me and a wonderful food beer, particularly grilled espresso crusted pork loins and pineapple. immaculately perfect.

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Photo of rockaday
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I thought this beer was excellent. I'm in a years-long Belgian phase and I very much like the Saison style. This beer did not disappoint.

Light in color, generous head so pour gently. Very fine mouthfeel. Excellent taste. Low malt. Hops were fairly faint for me, but I have a high tolerance for hops so others might find it hoppy and I might not be able to tell...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cazeau Saison, notched Lot No.1, Best Before 6/2012
"with flowers of the elder tree"
Imported by 12 Percent, Brooklyn, NY
Tasted 1/14/2011

Even carefully poured, Cazeau Saison brings up a massive head of bright white foam. Subsequent pours help it to rise out of the glass, forming a small mountain that looks a bit like whipped cream. Beneath, a hazy yellow body displays tiny bubbles steadily streaming upwards. The head retention is quite good, and the lacing is magnificent.

The aroma is quite floral. It's also gently grassy, straw-like, earthy, and lightly peppery. I even find a suggestion of lemon and honey, and maybe ginger. There's a bit of harshness to it but it's not really off-putting. It's hard to describe... vegetal, acidic ...possibly like vomit or perhaps even a baby's fecal matter? I'm guessing that that's a trade-off / side effect of the elder flower but I'm not sure. As it warms I also get a whiff of plastic mixed with some sugar.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body, and the natural carbonation leaves it just lightly tingly on the tongue.

The flavor follows the aroma, as usual. It's floral, grassy, woody, lightly peppery, and lemon-like over a honeyish malt base. It's also a bit earthy, but it's more like dusty dried earth than the somewhat harsh scent I found in the nose. A solid bitterness backs it, and it finishes quite drying with a slight bit of chalkiness and citrus-like acidity left in the mouth.

Overall, it's a very interesting and unique saison. I find it charming and beguiling. Even though I set my glass aside, my hand is drawn back to it. It's compelling. Not necessarily very complex, but compelling. Absolutely worth seeking out for it's unique character!

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Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice "table" or "session" saison. great way to start the evening. hazy gold color with a white head that holds. nose is flowers, pepper, toast mineral/wet rock and earth. taste shows a lot of flavor for such a small beer, and the floral character is very pleasant. the malt seems to be pilsner, as it is toasty and a touch husky. perfect compliment to gentle flowery hopping. not a mind-blower, just a very nice, very classy, very elegant, soft beer. medium-light body that is zippy, a touch (just a touch) tingly and slightly chalky (in a good way). could drink these all day on a hot, sunny day. simple, traditional and avant guard at the same time. very cool. twelve percent pushing the boundaries again. thanks brian! keep 'em coming.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tall tulip. I'm not sure how old the bottle is, but it has a June 2012 best before date.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with two fingers of long lasting head. Active carbonation is evident in the beer, with a lot of bubbles rising from the base of the glass. Lacing looks superb. The head lasts throughout the length of the pour. This is a beautiful beer.

S: Lots of tart yeast aroma upfront, providing an aroma that is both fruity (mainly apricot, but also lemon, and green apple) and floral, I assume from the elderflowers. The beer is mildly funky and earthy providing an almost tonic-like quality to it.

T: Very dry. The tonic quality from the aroma comes off as more of a seltzer water flavor. The fruitiness is still there, mostly lemon peel, yet the apricot flavor does come through a bit. The elder flowers are also still there and provide a nice floral component to the beer. Tis works well with a firm bitterness and light peppercorn flavor. However, the juiciness I got in the aroma is not here nearly as much in the flavor.

M: Quite thin with very strong carbonation.

O: A wonderful Saison. The appearance and aroma are near perfect. The flavor is still quite good, but not nearly as good as the appearance or aroma. It could use a touch more sweetness and I think the beer would be near perfect.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Cloudy golden-yellow pour with a foamy white two finger head with great retention and lacing. Great spicy, fruity, floral nose with lots of lemon zest, grass, white pepper, coriander, and as it warms, elder flowers. The taste follows suit with the elder flowers really emerging as the star. Nice tart lemon, melon, grass, subtle barnyard funk, caramel malt sweetness, white pepper, grapefruit, coriander, and yeast. The mouthfeel is tart and tangy with perfect carbonation, amazing balance, and a nice crisp, dry finish. Overall, this is one flavorful and highly drinkable beer. I'm a big fan of elder flowers so this was right up my alley. Pretty much a non-sour version of Cantillon Mamouche. Highly recommended!

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy burnished yelllow with a tall, white head that settles out fairly quickly, leaving behind sheets of lace.

aroma is lemony and yeasty, with some musty and floral notes.

taste brings a dry, minerally tone up front, followed by some powdery yeast and lemon tang. Biscuity malt and some floral hops round out the flavor. Well-attenuated, with little residual sweetness. Not much spice, but some other floral, earthy and vaguely funky notes that keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel is mild and smooth on the palate, suggesting some wheat malt (although apparently there is none). Moderate to full carbonation gives it a nice clean finish.

Very nicely done. A great table beer for a summer meal.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initial pour yields a booming, sticky, white foamy head over a very clear golden body. Purdy. Tons of lacing. Subsequent pour w/yeast leaves the expected cloudy grayish golden body.

Aromas are full of white pepper, lemon zest, and a high volume of yeast. Very nice, but not terribly strong.

Initial hit on the palate is full of prickly carbonation. Flavors are full of grassy hops, white pepper, noble hops, and a touch of sweetness in the middle. Finish is tight and dry with a very cleansing, but not off-putting bitterness.

This one scores "awesome" on the drinkability meter. Went perfectly with a baked talapia snd cayenne-infused couscous side.

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Photo of KenOnBass
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY.

A: Awesome head and lacing. Light pale golden yellow color and a bit cloudy.

S: Strangely sweet pilsner smell with citrus and some spices which I couldn't distinguish.

T: Very quiet balance of hops, citrus and spice. Strange to mention that this beer reminds me of champagne. When I tried it on the recommendation of the bartender I did not know what to expect and after tasting it actually thought to myself, "wow".

M: Awesome full and fizzy.

D: Overall a great tasting and amazingly balanced beer. Very unique and I could tear through these all night. Well done.

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Cazeau Saison from Brasserie De Cazeau
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