Cazeau Saison | Brasserie De Cazeau

Cazeau SaisonCazeau Saison
BA SCORE
72%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 118 ratings
Cazeau SaisonCazeau Saison
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by tpd975 on 10-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,360
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
118
Liked:
85
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
9.54%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lautre Oeil, with Mathieu. White head on golden body. Very lacey afterwards. Not a praticularly interesting or spicey saison, elderberries and yeast and lighter mouthfeel. 700th Belgian style beer I am told I am reviewing, for people who keep count of these things.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before end 6/2014.

Pours a murky whitish-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, floral, earth, fruit, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of floral bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with great floral aromas and tasty flavors.

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Photo of spycow
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are mild aromas of citrusy and floral and hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of a saison but the finish is lacking in dryness and mustiness.
M: It feels moderate-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but nothing stands out to makes me want to try it again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Capitalizing on the blooms of spring, Cazeau uses "the flower of elder trees" to decorate the already perfumy, spicy, and earthy character that's normal for Saison.

The fresh farmhouse ale pours with a light straw color that's lightened by an aesthetically, pleasing yeast cloud. Easily mistaken for Witbier, its fluffy white head caps the beer with a quiet calm that's nearly irresistible.

Without knowing exactly what elder flowers are like, the beer reveals floral notes of rose hips, sandalwood, thyme, citrus and rosemarry. Lightly musty in its scent, the essence of dried lemon, hay, sulfury green apple, and pepper add to the earthy counterpart to the beer's bouquet.

Apples and lemons provide a seldom-seen fruit taste to kick off the Saison and is backed by the sweetness of light honey and wafers. Under-rippened berries and dried citrus peels keep the fruit-floral taste developing across the palate with a late arrival of soap. Stern hop bitterness finishes the beer with an aftertaste of lemongrass and a medley of herbs and white pepper.

A lightly slick texture detracts from the dry, peppery, light zesty carbonation. Finishing quick, the beer carries a mild grape skin astringency with a pleasant wine-like acidity. Light warmth hides behind peppery prickle and closes fairly clean and crisp.

There's something more floral and fruity about this Saison than is normal for the style. I can only attribute it to the elder flowers being used. But the brewery takes all the fun out of it by letting us in on their secret ingredient, when the guessing would be so much funner without it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supposedly brewed once a year in the spring when the elderberry trees are flowering.

Poured into a tulip glass, it generates a large head of sparkling bubbles. The surface has a meringue sheen to it, along with a certain stiffness like meringue also. Larger bubbles sparkle like soap suds, slowly dissipating above the golden hazed saison. Some unfitered sediment visible. Copious chunks of sticky lacing.

Soft but pungent floral aroma, must be the elderflowers.

Dry and soft with lots of mellow herbal/floral character. Crisp and very lightly bitter, nice. Grassy, hay, mild herbs. Effervescent with tight carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Nice saison, not overdone with the spices. Definitely something i'd look for again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, straw yellow with a two-finger, bubbly white head of foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with a funky/phenolic kick.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with a nice funkiness. Some sweet caramel with floral flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty saison. I'm glad I got to try this beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy pale yellow color ale with a rather large pure white foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of floral notes with a rather dry finish. Taste is also dominated by some floral notes with some strange spices notes and some bready malt. Line seems be blurred between hops and those dominant floral ester. Body is about average with great carbonation. Very well done if maybe a tad too dry which cut into the refreshing factor of this beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Thorpe429
2.81/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Served in a Moeder Lambic tulip because, forgive me, I don't have Cazeau stemware.

Pours a clear golden-yellow with a huge, foamy white head with great retention and tons of sticky lacing on the way down. Some visible carbonation bubbles in the glass.

The nose has some mild pepper notes plus plenty of the elderflower that's announced on the English portion of the label. It's nowhere near Mamouche levels, but is still quite noticeable. Probably a bit too over the top; I prefer saisons with subtle spicing so it's not completely obvious what was used.

The flavor is over-the-top with elderflower. This is a fairly-small beer and it's completely dominated by the elderflower character. There's pepper skin and a bit of spice. Really not a fan. Spice carries over to the finish. Light body and heavy carbonation.

This is really a one trick pony, and I'm not a fan of that single attribute, so this is one I don't really enjoy. If you like Mamouche and want something more accessible, give this one a try.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of AlexFields
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky topaz with a very bubbly white head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smells of peppery farmhouse yeast, lemon-like zest, green and red apples, flowers, slight tartness and fair amount of funk. The pepper has a slightly metallic note to it that just barely prevents this from having an excellent nose as opposed to merely a very good one.

Taste opens fairly sweet and flowery, fades into mild tanginess and then into lots of yeast, finishes somewhat dry and peppery. I get some mild apple and banana but not as much fruit as in the nose. Only a faint touch of funk.

Mouthfeel is very nice and somewhat unusual, good carbonation but not too fizzy, there's a soft milky character to this.

A very respectable saison, almost a great one.

7.8/10

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new one at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, $9.99 for a large bottle. Best before dating of 05 2011, notched onto the side of the label. Pours cloudy and dull ripe banana , under an awesome, huge crown of fluffy, wispy and super long lasting white froth. Nice merainge development and extensive fine and intricate lace sticks on the glass.Great looking beer. Delicate flowery nose, with a hint of peppery spice and some cilantro soapiness. Delicate, subtle, light and refreshing saison. More flowery notes, light pepper, light earthiness, some more cilantro soap. Drying hops join the fun late. Delicious. would love to enjoy on a warm summer afternoon, with the nice spread of cheeses, salads, crusty bread...you get the picture...Saison lovers seek out and enjoy this one..

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty sharp saison. The lemon bites a bit more than I would expect or hope for. Floral and fruit tones are there, with the latter being much more present. Carbonation is quite full and does seem to steal the show from the taste of things. A nice drinker that's consistent, but sharp in a lot of ways that make it somewhat less pleasant.

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Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Cazeau Saison from Brasserie De Cazeau
Beer rating: 72% out of 100 with 118 ratings
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