Cazeau Saison | Brasserie De Cazeau

Cazeau SaisonCazeau Saison
BA SCORE
3.88/5
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:
#10,508
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
118
pDev:
9.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TheStove
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber-ish bottle into a tulip. Nice, exemplary hazy golden yellow color. Pour leaves a persistent ring of thick foam. Aroma is diverse from the initial pour which yields notes of light sweet honey to the later settling which has bitter floral both which are likely the product of the elderflowers.

Interesting mix of flavors upon sipping, a hybrid of light honey and flower petal with the elderflower flavor very evident. Finishes sweet and light with lingering elderflower flavors. Drinks very rich and robust which is in contrast to the "gentle" flavors. Eventually gives way to an excellent cooperation of a sweet start and bitter finish. The flavors eventually coalesce into a delightful bitter citrus candy flavor.

An incredibly interesting beer that is worth your time if you are looking for something different in terms of flavor profile. I don't know how "true" to the style this one is but given this style seems open to interpretation I think it's very interesting.

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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 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 jpajpajeff
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of pohldogg356
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is clear straw gold. Poured into a tulip, a three-quarter inch white head was produced, with moderate retention and a lot of sticky lacing.

Smells of light malt, and has a fresh, grassy and slightly volatile floral perfume from the elderflowers.

Taste is crisp and clean. Slightly acidic, with some lemon, green floral notes, and balanced by light malt sweetness. Has a nice yeasty bread flavor with just a tad of funkiness.

Light body with fizzy carbonation, produces a lightly creamy mouthfeel. Clean and dry finish with just a slight bitterness.

It is nice to find a tasty beer with a low ABV. At 5% (per bottle label), this is sessionable and highly drinkable. It is a saison more in the style of a Fantome.

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Photo of htrae2014
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Tulip Glass. Elderflower Saison? My fiancee couldn't shag a bottle fast enough!

A - Pours a hazy, glowing gold with a fluffy white head that settles to a slight ring and haze.
S - Elderflowers certainly dominate the nose, this reminds me perfectly of St. Germain liquor in beer form. Crisp pilsner malt, a touch of hops, and some slightly earthy Saison yeast make up the rest of the aroma.
T - No surprise, but the taste is dominated by elderflowers as well. More crisp malt and Saison yeast character, but make no mistake, this is a perfume beer all the way. Flowery beers always have a slightly acrid chemical taste to them, and this one if no exception. Not bad, just not my thing.
M - Light and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good, "spritzy" carbonation.
O - Not my favorite Saison ever, but the little lady loved it so that's good!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish pale gold body with huge head and lace ring. I'm picking up a spicey. peppery aroma mixed with minor fruitiness like apple/pear and some sugary goodness. Light, some sour funkiness and tartness come out and there is a prickly feel thanks to carbonation. I'm getting touches of citric but more like grape and tropical fruit for some reason. A little off for this style but I like the combos of fruit and the underlying sweetness although the sweetness is overpowered, at times, by a funky finish.

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Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of seand
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a large amount of bubbly white head. A good amount retains, and leaves thick clumps of lacing.

S: Thick floral yeastiness, with some mild funk.

T: Lightly sweet, with a thick mid palate; subtle, but complex. Yeast notes, as suggested on the nose, with the same mild funk. Finish is dry, with light floral notes on the top.

M: Medium body, medium but very present carbonation.

Overall this is quite enjoyable. I'd probably have it semi-regularly if it were a reasonably priced year round beer, but it's also nice to try a unique seasonal with a modest alcohol content.

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Photo of patm1986
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it's a cloudy, hazy brew with a thin, white head that leaves a small amount of residue around the glass. the head looks sea-foamy.

smells like clay, some really earthy yeast, honeysuckle and other florals.

there's a metallic flavor that hits immediately, but that soon gives way to a some light wheat, grass, floral-y syrup(elderflower), refined sugar, and a little coriander spice.

it's carbonated, frothy, and dry as hell. much to be expected from a saison.

this is ok. it looks beautiful and has some interesting subleties, but there aren't many more elements to it that are overwhelmingly impressive, so i don't think i'd have it again.
cheers

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Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours translucent straw yellow with about an inch of pillowy eggshell white head. Leaves rings of intricate lacing and a small cap of creamy foam.

S-White pepper, parsnips, coriander, hay. Delicate barnyard funkiness, a barely perceptible floral sweetness.

T/M-Medium bodied, with bracing carbonation and a chewy mouth feel. Slick, yeasty earthiness livened up by a bright citrus and cracked pepper note that creeps in mid-palate. The elderflower is very subtle, providing minute levels of floral sweetness on the back end. If you're not looking for it, you probably won't taste it. The finish comes back to life with a short, sharp burst of citrus to undercut the earthy, slick yeast.

O-An interesting, well composed saison.

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Photo of Dope
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale straw pour, quite cloudy. Huge billowing white head. Incredible lacing and retention. Borderline 5 on appearance.

S: Some lemons and pears along with banana and cloves. Very yeasty. Pretty mild smell intensity overall compared to some saisons.

T: Very lemony. A bit of yeastiness and that's about it. Tiny bit of grass maybe in the aftertaste?

M: Very light, crisp and refreshing.

O: Super drinkable. At 4.8% I wasn't expecting a monster of a beer. It's simple, clean and easy drinking. Great saison, just not as complex as some others.

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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 DoktorZee
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got some bottles of this from a friend that gifted me as part of a mail order beer club. Thanks friend!

Poured from the bottle into a schooner; no obvious best before date.

A - really pale yellow (almost translucent) and cloudy. Super fluffy 3 finger head with tons of lacing coating the entire glass.

S - lots of lemon citrus notes and hints of yeast; strong and pungent

T - super clean taste without any Bretty notes, very refreshing with enormous citrus and lemon notes. Almost like a spiked lemonade. Finished with nice enduring citrus bitterness, but no pepper spiciness.

M - ultra light and clean with crisp carbonation. No booziness.

D - amazingly refreshing and drinkable

Delightful warm weather beer; very light and refreshing, but also just right in terms of intensity. Strongly recommended!

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Photo of rdickey
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, very pale gold into a goblet. A smallish one-finger head dissipates relatively quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Hops, carrying significant citrus flavors, come across first in the nose. They’re closely followed by very traditional spice notes (black pepper and others), and a somewhat surprising floral character.

Taste: Wow, this is an interesting one. The hops promised in the nose come through first, but they are quickly followed by a distinct tartness. The spiciness from the Belgian yeast remains present but lets the bitter and tart flavors take center stage. Earthy and herbal notes begin to make their impression felt as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Despite the complex flavors, this beer is pretty light in the mouth. The finish is very, very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Quite high. I’ve dilly-dallied and am only getting around to tasting this on the first day of October, but this would be an ideal summer beer. At just 5%, you’d need to work at it to get into much trouble with this one.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with huge plume of white froth. Scent is floral and earthy, moderate notes of yeast, spice and musty grain, hints of tart citrus, light tang and mineral notes. Taste brings components of scent together nicely, big floral and herbal notes lead the way with a splash of citrus and spice before a musty grain, grassy, metallic and mineraly earthy quality present themselves. Has a sharp tangy bite about 3/4ths of the way through each sip, interesting. Medium bodied, active carbonation, lingering herbal and floral notes. A unique brew with strong floral notes and interesting bite to it.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear, slightly green lemon color with high carbonation producing a generous 2+ inch bubbly white head. Good retention and nice lacing.
S: Soft and sweet citrus and barnyard funk. Musty and minerally. Mild hop note and a floral (elderflowers?) note too.
T: Clean and crisp floral and citrus hops. Elderflowers more evident here. Sweety musty barnyard funk. Grass, grains, and mild belgian spice. Also some definite similarities to delicate white wines. Interesting and unique.
M: Initially very clean and crisp, then turns toward mildly bitter hops with a dry, tart, and semi-sweet finish. Light body.
D: Not your typical saison. Complex and interesting--especially for style. With an ABV of 5% it is extremely drinkable. Definitely a unique brew and worth a try.

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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 Hachiman
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sllightly cloudy yellow with a huge, fluffy snow cone head that diminishes very slowly. If you're going to share, pour early! Incredibly fine, delicate lacing.

Smells pleasantly of yeast and if you pull very hard, the elderflowers.

Refreshing sweet taste with a flavor/smell of the elderflowers. I found that a bit perfume-y.

Light-medium body and lots of carbonation keep it from being insubstantial.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10.99 for a 22oz bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago.

A: nearly clear off-white yellow with puffy fine bubbles head that kept it all the way, great lacing
S: mild nose with spicy yeast, some soft floral aspects too
T: traditional saison with earthy/floral qualities probably from elderflowers, noticeable hop bite in finish, hops were more than normal for a saison but not offensive
M: decent mouthfeel with all the qualities of a saison (yeasty, spritzy) but with stronger hop finish

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. I was warned when I ordered it that it was an "unusual" saison—they said dark, but I think they just mean "unusual".

Poured a rather light golden colour, and rather clearer than many a saison. Head is fine, but perfect white and forms sheeting lacing. Great looking beer.

Nose is mild, with a slight herbal aroma. A touch of honey and a tipple of savoury bread. Unusual, certainly, perhaps for no other reason than that it's missing the characteristic saison funk, but it's still quite pleasant.

Taste is very odd, and very savoury. Here, the herbs turn peppery, giving a crushed pepper bread and almost chilli or capsaicin flavour (no heat or bite, though). Bright and light throughout, with minimal body or sweetness. Nice. Really unique and surprisingly refreshing.

Very drinkable, but unique and quite exciting. A very good brew, and moreover: an interesting one.

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Cazeau Saison from Brasserie De Cazeau
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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