Saison D'Erpe-Mere | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Saison D'Erpe-MereSaison D'Erpe-Mere
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Belgium
glazentoren.be

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
469
pDev:
8.96%
 
 
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32
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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 469
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle. No bottling date found. Had a paper overwrap.
Clear, straw colored body. Each pour brings forth a billowy white head, which breaks down in time, but the ring is constantly fed by rising bubbles. Thick rings of lacing coverage left behind.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, lemon citrus, coriander spice, earthy and with grass.
Taste of sweet malts, lemon citrus, esters of clove and coriander. Gets more tart and bitter toward the end. Rather dry.
Medium, effervescent mouth feel, texture is soft. Very good carbonation.
Overall soft and dry saison, with the mix of bread, fruit, and spice flavors. No funk. The breakdown of the white head is a show in itself.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can dated 11/1/2018

Appearance - pours a cloudy/murky straw color with white head

Smell - lemon rind, coriander

Taste - lemon, lemon rind, coriander, little bit of clove

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, citrus upfront and tart/citric on the finish

Overall - decent Saison that I’m glad to have tried

Price Point - $19.99/ 4 pk 12 oz cans

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy straw coloration with a large, creamy head and lightly visible carbonation. Smell is a little muted, but with subtle notes of citrus, green apple and hints of straw and grass. Taste is dominated by biscuity, doughy malt and estery yeast notes, with light hoppy accents. Green apple, citrus and straw are at the forefront, with lighter notes of grass and clove/coriander. Starts out with a certain malt sweetness that is nicely complemented by a very subtle tartness and light bitterness in the aftertaste. Finishes quite dry and somewhat bittersweet, with a mild spiciness lingering in the aftertaste. Soft, almost sparkling mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/lively carbonation. This has a great balance of malt, hops and yeast esters going for it, with a very subtle tartness.

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Photo of puck1225
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Belgian saison! Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Bright, slightly cloudy yellow color with a fluffy white head and good lacing.

Pleasantly fragrant sweet lemon smell and taste. Honey and rosemary. Earthy spices. Enjoyed it very much!

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Photo of Mike_Benson
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

amber gold color, big head, savory aromas intertwined with malty, biscuity flavors and some apple, pear sweetness that makes it pair well with rich, salty dishes

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an a warm amber gold with a creamy, two finger head.
S: Immediate green-apple notes, and some sublty cheesy aromas, some understated pepper and lemon here as well.
T: Immediately warm, biscuity and malt forward, with a clean bitterness, and some tartness and lemon, with slight pepper, the yeast is somewhat more reserved but very pleasant, reminds me of saison dupont in that way. Some hints of pineapple come through and peach, slightly sweet as well.
M: Medium plus body, dry, but it could be more dry.
O: This is a really nice beer, and one I'm glad I finally got the chance to try, my only complaints are as follows: I wish it was a tad less sweet, a tad more dry, and had a more expressive yeast character. It is definitely worth your time, I think I may prefer this to Saison DuPont, if only slightly. This seems like a beer I could enjoy any time, but I won't commit to that since this is my first experience with it, give it a shot.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It was a Belgian Christmas this year! No bottle date, 8.0% ABV.

Pours a pale hazy gold, nice inch and a half of white foam and some even but thin lace around the glass.

Aromas of clove, belgian yeast, slight spiciness and pale malt.

Many of the same qualities as on the nose. A nice sweet Belgian profile. Very slight spiciness balanced by hints of honey. Dry, tastes of clove, yeast, and citrus... light, balanced.. a great saison.

Light, effervescent, bubbly and dry. A true Lentebier.

Cheers!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml purchased at Bootleggers in Paris. Pours a bit hazy and pale, with a large fluffy head that leaves good lace. Nose is soft compared to some saisons, but has nice citrus, floral, and earthy components. Subtle and refined. Taste has pear, citrus, cracker, and floral notes. Like the nose, subtle and refined. Great champagne-like mouthfeel. A great beer to pour instead of wine or champagne at dinner.

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Photo of WynnO
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Read other reviewer's details as my palette is not so advanced.

Had this on tap in a tulip.

This beer is quite compelling. Sans the look and nose which are on par, put a few drops of this on your palette. I sensed many variations of sensation not present on the VAST MAJORITY of beers today.

Another reviewer mentioned this "going back" to to what saisons were and should be. I concur.

Now halfway through the serving. Can I say "Dammit man"? This isn't one that you simply must tell Mom about, but it is close.

Nose
Earthy.

Look
Foggy dim amber.

Taste
Hodge podge special mix. :-). See other's reviews. It's like a family recipe.

Mouthfeel
Balanced in the saison way. Every sesnsation is tested.

Overall
A diamond in the rough. Saisons of late don't impress me as that first Fantome did. Having that "next" new iteration leaves me wondering what happened to the Style. This beer should bring you back into the fold.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kumquats, lemongrass, and white pepper. Lemon meringue. Spicy and peppery. Crackery malts, chamomile.

Lightly hazy pale gold yellow with a large frothy white head. Long lasting head retention, and great lacing.

Big rich lemons, oranges, and kumquats followed quickly with peppery phenols. Vanilla, almond, graham cracker. Lightly tart, dry, with bracing bitterness.

Juicy, medium bodied with high carbonation. Long, lingering but dry finish.

Thirst quenching, delicious. Juicy fruits with peppery phenols balanced nicely. Well-hopped and complex.

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Photo of safaricook
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is such a great traditional Saison. From its straw yellow and quite hazy body to its peppery lemony dry finish it screams Saison all over. Refreshing in spite of its high abv pillowy very stable head. It does not seem funky to me but fermented with a true Saison yeast to perfection. I will try to get this more often.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.91/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is a hazy straw yellow, with a finger white head. Aromas are purely traditional saison, with apple, pear, black pepper, lemon, barnyard funk, and a bit of bubblegum. Flavors are the same. The beer is dry, with a lingering finish. The feel is medium bodied with high carbonation, and foamy.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic visuals on the pour - pale grain, voluminous head, good retention. Classic aromas on the nose - dry hay, cork, semi-spicey yeast, lemon & orange peel. By this point you can probably guess what I'd say about the taste! It's a very traditional, straight-down-the-middle beer and there's nothing wrong with that. The yeast is balanced & not too husky or spicey. Citrus notes provide a delicate boost to the mid-palette. There's maybe a small hint of esthers on the tail end, and I like my Belgian saisons a tad dryer, but beyond that it could lineup next to Dupont or any of the other authentic Belgian saisons.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Off the cap lift, the slightest tiny bubble bath foam creeps out so slowly. Hitting the glass with a controlled slow pour, rocky and thick white foaming head gets created with classic pinhead bubbles. Easy simple three fingers, thick cascading mountains of head, chunks of lace and super clingy. Easy repoplulated by pinhead roaring carbonation on the sides, and a great middle column as well. Lemon body, and opaque. Beer is described as not filtered even though it looks like a typical unfiltered brew. Just a classic looking saison and nearly perfect.

Wondeful bouquet. Very hop forward with sharp spicy hop flavors, and lots of dry yeast and farmhouse warmth. Slight sensing white pepper warmth. Mild possible hint of Belgian candi sweetness which is a good contrast to keep the bitterness and sharpness from getting out of control. Great thick bready and husky malt action with a classic bakery dough smell. Real solid winner on the aroma.

This palate is just about perfect. Clean and mineral washing mouthfeel with just the right touch of prickly carbonation. Chewy slightly body with a nice Belgian light sweetness that hits with hop and the perfect amount of funk. The contrast goes from green herbal hops to funky aromatics of sage and mint bouncing through a prickly body. Just the perfect amount of sugars are in here, to balance things out. Aftertaste has that classic dry and mild peppery quality, thick earth and soil even take a spot washing all over the palate as yeast and hops wonderfully bounce in flavors all over.

This basically reminds me of Houblon La Chouffe if it were a saison. This is easily right now going into one of my most memorable beers, so long I've had this on my radar and has this ever delivered more than I ever expected.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyable more by itself than with appetizers... unusual for a saison which I consider one of the best food-friendly styles.

Listed in the "1001" beers, D'Erpe probably deserves to be there as the first Flemish saison, a cross-fertilization from France's best beer style to Belgium's Flemish-speaking culture.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" states that in admiring Saison Dupont, Saison D'Erpe is "appropriately crisp and dry" and has a cleansing fruitiness with various summery lemon-ester notes.. with some hopsack dryness, in the long. lingering finish."

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wrapped 750ml poured into a Funkwerks tulip. Best before stamp is blank.

Appearance: Pours two fingers of soft, creamy looking white head. Nice layer of lacing coats the side of the glass. Body is a hazy golden straw. A great looking Belgian ale.

Aroma: A very light grassy hoppyness, candi sugar, peppery phenols, light citrusy esters, wheat and pilsner malts. Sweeter from the added sugar. More of a sweet malt forward nose.

Taste: Candi sugar sweetness with light peppery phenols and a malty sweet finish. Fruity esters combined with the sweet and malty profile bring to pears and honey. Maybe a bit of oxidation on the malt note.

Mf: A very soft, thin/medium feel with a high, prickly carbonation. Very dry and light. “Airy” would be a good way to describe. Drinks way lighter than it should for the abv.

Overall: A well crafted beer from the lively appearance to the dry and quenching finish. More of a malty, sweet style saison. However, I wouldn’t mind a more expressive yeast profile or a more pronounced hoppyness to elevate the flavor profile a bit. I can’t help but wonder if maybe this an older bottle.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super light and refreshing. Medium carbonation and very easy to drink. Mineral-y and a hint of lemon in the nose and flavor. Just a bit of hay mixed in with the citrus.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy yellow color with large, creamy, white head. Aroma has yeast esters but very fresh ones, not the cloying kind. Taste starts with yeasty notes, banana, clove, bubblegum, hay and some lemon. Mouthfeel is soft but has good carbonation as well. A very good example of a well made, traditional saison.

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Photo of mactrail
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the paper-wrapped bottle, as in the picture. Delighted to see a crown cap and not the usual wired-up retina detacher cork. Purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego for 16 bucks.

This is pretty much the classic Saison, from big foam to grainy and funkified aroma, then the fruity flavor, to the lingering bitter yeasty aftertaste. The aroma swirls and evolves. Wine grapes, warm bread, and a distinct whiff of leather.

There's a mineral tang along with the sweet malt. Luscious wheaty and cereal taste with that edge of bitterness fighting the candy note. Overall this is boldy flavored Saison and worth trying as a benchmark for the style. It's not the smoothest for slurping down, but it's a sturdy and impeccable example.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This saison is pretty solid. It is a little more malty than your standard saison from the belgian area. I would prefer to have more tartness and / or more rustic flavors over the malt sweetness that this saison has present. This saison also got to have a slight booze bite as it warmed up.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(large bottle all for me - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: bright and hazy yellow liquid, swift and tall stand of tight, white spongy foam, creamy surface... rocky decay of head... crystalline ring of foam round the top... love that head...

S: powerfully perfumy, almost circus peanut-like esters... flowery soap, perfumed polyester... fuzzy definition of aromas, but somewhat intoxicating intensity

T: spicy (lemony) fruitiness leaps onto the palate... funky yeast, light-moderate acidity, and an almost tart bite... pleasantly spicy phenols lingering in the aftertaste... it's really really dry... subtle tone of under-ripe pear... delicate tartness builds on the front of the tongue... bit of funk and pilsner malt husk in the finish... sort of taffy tone late into it

F: ample carbonation with an airy quality to its overall texture... just about pranced across the taste buds... one of the more bone dry beers you'll come across... bit of a buzz (from the acidity?)

O: this is kind of what you want to shoot for when making a saison - dry, spicy, and full of vivid fruitiness in the background... its dryness perhaps detracts from its depth a fair amount, however, this would go fantastic with a citrusy salad with a light vinaigrette and perhaps some funky blue cheese and candied walnuts... I could drink this all day, and at $11.99...

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a 2” dense, rocky white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Lemon and fruit aromas with a slight floral note.
T: Starts lightly sweet and dries out by the finish. Peach, lemon and orange on the palate with light wheat and a finishing bitter hop accent.
F: A very rich texture compost of fine, soft carbonation fills the mouth with soft foam. Medium to medium light body and above average carbonation.
O: Very refreshing, easy to drink and worth seeking out.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with a hazy golden orange and a brilliant white head that lasts and sticks all over the glass.

Spicy peppery and clove yeast, a little sweet, banana, bread, herbal, lemon, and grassy. Smells fresh and old at the same time.

Lots of pepper and clove spice on the palate along with some banana, bread, herbal, little bitter, grass, and slight lemony tartness.

Medium bodied and carbonated. Rolls over the tongue really well.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If I were blindfolded I'd declare this a Saison.
I wish it produced more of a nose-- in a way it's a bit of a surprise for what's to follow.
Poured with a frothy head that was short lived but laced the glass and settled down to a stable enduring blanket covering of the beer's surface.
The flavor is a lively combination that danced on my palate composed of effervescence, hops distinction intertwined with malt and hints of yeast. All together the shifting flavors made for a citrus like tang and a well controlled demeanor to the finish.
This is a wonderful beer to enjoy anytime but especially on a nice summer's day. It's too fine to guzzle as a thirst quencher-- but wonderful to serve to those weary of stronger craft brews or those new to the world of fine beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i like these funky small timey saisons, and this one is pretty darn bretty. i suspect my pour came from near the bottom of the keg, it almost looks milky, as pale yellow straw colored as beer can beer, frosty looking with just a ton of creamy brett in suspension. still somehow light and delicate though despite being as yeasty as it is. pale wheat malt base, tons of brett in the nose. its mild and real farmy, funked out, definitely made in belgium. creamy wheat flavor up front, brilliant grassy middle, maybe from hops, maybe some yeast i want to culture and use at home, but its really neat. that milky base feel would be off putting if the brett didnt lighten it up and dry it out on the back end. i think its got nice carbonation too. i would really like to buy a bottle of this and see how it compared to what i suspect is a dreggy pour from a keg. its neat beer though, no doubt about that, one of the more interesting yeast complexions going, and a great introduction to this brewery for me. i have seen a little of their beer around lately, this is good enough to make me want to buy more. very very interesting, cool bretty finish.

edit: better in the bottle no matter how fresh or old, so insanely well carbonated and dry in this format, up there with the likes of any old world saison, and arguably one of the best anywhere in the style. this is elite level beer, no debate. id go so far as to call this dessert island beer...

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Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 469 ratings