Saison D'Erpe-Mere
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #162
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,038
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 8.96%
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
475
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KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
 
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Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
92
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Danne_101 from Sweden, Oct 14, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Built for spring religious observances, the original summertime Saison jumps ahead of schedule and introduce itself early with the Lenten namesake.

The Lentenbier pours with a mild hazy hue where strong straw meets light honey-amber. Its almost a dirty ale with a soft bronze hue. A controlled billowing head rises to nearly topple the glass before its cotton-white froth begins to recede. Random lacing pockets adorn the glass in the beer's wake- further affirming the quality of this honored Belgian ale.

The theme of honey continues in the beer's aroma. Floral and fauna notes of rose pedals, wildflowers, and soft coriander, dried oranges, and honey suckle precede the strong sweetness of honeyed malt. Light herbal and more earthen tones follow with the spicy and grassy hops to complement the sweet scent. Fruit notes of apples, lemons, and white grapes peak through the sweetness and offer more supportive balance to the grassy spice.

Flavors fare similarly, as the sweet honey taste starts the show. Floral sweetness and marmalade-type fruitiness provide a strong malt presence that extends deep into finish. But along the way, the richness slowly fades and allows spicy notes of white pepper, wine acidity, and fennel to balance the orchard fruit impressions that arise in the middle palate.

Finishing malty-dry, the ale closes with stubborn sweetness and timid spice and dryness. Elevated fruit character sides it with stronger Belgian golden ales more so than the typical Saison. Late warming is hidden behind the lingering sweetness for an ale that's ideally suited for richer Easter feasts that circulate around lamb and rosemary.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, May 09, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wait....how have I not reviewed this before? I know I've had before a few times...

Anyhow...this beer to me is the penultimate saison. It is tart with being too tart. It is a bit effervescent in its dryness, but I like it. It a delicate flowery and slight lactic aroma. Soft fruity flavors of pear or lychee with a dash of pepper. Crisp, cracker-like maltiness. A dry, tart and pepper finish. Wonderful.

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marcobrau from Illinois, Oct 27, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ok... how do i begin. upon popping the foam comes out of the bottle a bit lava like. this means you're about to drink it at the perfect tempeture. pour very delicately, aggressive foam as it hits the glass. perfect straw color, light murk, medium to large head. its billowing with tons of lace. smell is grass, dough, lemon, and a funk of earth. taste is something else. i'm hungry now. theres the straw. there is very light dough flavor. very minty hop and lemony hop that have the quality of a gin and tonic mineral accents on the tongue. the malt is bark, earth. a sort of clay chalky dough yeastiness with the funk of old wood cellar. and this with the hops sits there for a bit on the palate. this is a fantastic beer. definate something to write home about. the meatiness is particular but really something out of this world.

ps... don't have it on tap it is sort of a waste in comparison. don't have the delicate stale essence that makes it so good.

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rtepiak from Poland, Oct 15, 2008
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, star-strewn twisted paper packaging, as opposed to the standard label. Apparently you're not to remove the wrap when serving, but when it's just me, who the hell cares?

This beer pours a quite cloudy pale tarnished golden straw hue, with a whole fistful of puffy, thinly foamy, and duly frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some chunky cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity, crackery pale malt, edgy dry yeast, pine needles, pleasantly generic citrus rind, some lemon/lime zest, and further grassy, hay-like hops - sort of a Czech-inspired saison, as it were. The taste is generally more of the same - prominently biscuity pale malt, a touch of wheaty astringency, subdued Belgian yeast, more than a bit of fleshy apple and pear fruitiness, subtle clove and white pepper spice, hints of dried floral honey, and grassy, earthy, and weedy noble hops.

The carbonation is laid back, and mostly just playfully frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and whose smoothness is not beholden to any sort of booze or hop chicanery. It finishes on the sweet side, the pome fruitiness, mixed barley and wheat maltiness, and lingering peppy yeast providing the given canvas.

As I'm not exactly a fan of yer typical saison, this Continentally hopped up version really hits all the right buttons with me. Almost dry, yet still agreeably fruity, and just barely yeasty (thanks mostly to that steady hoppiness, perhaps?), Glazen Toren's version just seems to do the trick here.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Jan 09, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml ive been holding on to for a couple years. Finally popped open and poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with 3 fingers of white head that fades down to a finger. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of yellow cream back to the surface.

The aroma opens up like lime zest. Very bright, fruity and juicy in an unexpected way. It has some accenting fruity malt blending to more caramel or toffee sweetness somewhat like candy. Some slight hints of yeasty sulfur emerge as it warms up and is swirled.

The taste is sweet almost like blegian candy more than malt that blends into a bit of footy straw grain. It is a little earthen and yeasty with light fruity zest towards the finish. More sips reveal a bunch of herbal quality that is fresh and almost minty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A little too sweet sweet with a candy sort of appeal but lots of depth and it is enjoyable. If this was a little more dried out, I would bump up the score but as-is it is still very good.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Dec 09, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a healthy amount of head that appears to have a little bit of retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a hazy and pale golden straw which shows hints of lemon when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very subdued but most of the usual suspects are there. Spicy Belgian yeast is the most dominant aspect followed by apple, banana, and cloves. Swirling shows off the spice and banana a little bit more but the aroma is still quite understated. Some orange and lemon as well.

Taste- This is loaded with Belgian spice and yeast. At the moment, it's a little too much. Bold notes of clove and black pepper with some astringency and a woody finish. Fruit esters (apple, orange, banana, and lemon) hang around the edges as they tend to get pushed out of the bulk of the flavor profile as the yeast dominates. Peel of both orange and lemon, some coriander. Almost an earwax bitterness that starts off in the middle and lingers into the finish. Some pine and resin on the finish as well. Would be a good beer for those who like hoppy and yeasty saisons. I prefer saisons that show more fruit esters and Brett but this is good for what it is. It has become more enjoyable for me as the yeast has started to mellow and the more delicate flavors are beginning to appear.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat dry finish helps cleanse the mouth.

Drinkability- The yeast is a bit of an obstacle but not much of one. The price is a considerable one, however. Thirteen bucks for a 750 mL bottle of Belgian beer is a pretty good price except this beer isn't good enough for me to justify it.

Overall- Solid beer that represents one part of the saison spectrum. Definitely worth a try if you like dry hopped sasions and Belgian IPAs. If you're more of a Dupont or Fantome drinker, you might want to pass.

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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle, complex and long saison, a delight.

Presentation: 750 ml capped brown bottle wrapped in white paper with the yellow and green seal of the brewery. The wrap offers a small description, ingredients, and serving suggestions. Notes bottling date as 07 Aug 2010, and shows 6,9 Alc. by Vol. in the wrap, whereas the label mentions 7,5%. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw to pale gold pour, rich towering head, good retention and good patches of lacing with a nice surface memory.

S - Nice fruity nose, earthy, rich but not too assertive, some zest and a yeasty touch.

T - Taste starts a bit shy and suddenly reveals a complex and long range. Fruity, honey dash over the malt, touch of spices, fresh yeasty sense. Some citrus and herbal notes.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth range and a slightly creamy finish with a dry hint.

D - Delightful saison, it starts a bit slow but soon enough reveals a very enticing range.

Notes: Glad to try this offering after having been tempted for so long. It won't take me this long until the next try.

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Daniellobo from District of Columbia, Apr 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

krome from Illinois, Oct 18, 2018
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

lillitnn92 from Virginia, Nov 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

JohnK17 from Pennsylvania, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy as hell!! really nice honey color with tons of hop haze and prolly yeast as well. bright white head huge head tons of carbonation.

S: honey sweetness hoppy sweetness with a slight amount of saison funk. I think it smells a bit too sweet...

T: the smell is sweeter then the taste, the taste is quite hoppy. starts off sweet and tangy finish is a nice hoppy crisp and clean. the beer is not overly sweet. It also has this nice lemon note.

M: light mouthfeel with high carbonation true to the style

D: very drinkable

Overall: very good and enjoyable saison a nice change up its more hoppy and less dry then most.

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JamisonM from Arizona, Jan 22, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

petermethot from New Jersey, Apr 03, 2016
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ElGallo from New Hampshire, Nov 20, 2011
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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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keithmurray from Connecticut, Nov 20, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nathanmiller from New York, Mar 19, 2015
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The pour is light gold in color topped by a frothy bright white head.

Smell: The nose has a sharp mix of zesty lemon, coriander, flowers, green apple, apricots, ginger, herbs, and white pepper.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out bright with lemon peel and white pepper. Green apples, herbs, earth, yeast, and apricot add complexity in the mid-palate. A moderate hop bite, spices, coriander, and lightly toasted sweet malt enter the mix for the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's light to medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: This saison brings delicious flavors to the table without using sourness as a hook. It's clean, drinkable, and terrific.

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goschool from California, Jun 03, 2008
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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

djrn2 from New Jersey, Mar 26, 2015
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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle thanks to [email protected] Liquor. About the 5th time I've had this.

Plenty hazy pale straw with a busily rising rocky white head, which, after peaking, falls relatively fast with the odd spot of lace.

Contrast of clean and refined peppery grassy and bright herbal aromas against sour notes of cumquat, unripe green apples and grapefruit, with some banana esters and doughy yeast behind. Mild honey and candy floss sweetness. Awesome.

Similar flavour profile. Sweet and tart dominate at different times. Lightish body with moderate jazzy carbonation feeds a clean, dry finish.

Complex and intriguing while highly drinkable. Something of a benchmark Saison for me.

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spicelab from Australia, Aug 04, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy light gold straw color with a very large, fluffy, foamy, sticky white head. Good retention with a lot of a fluffy head remaining.

S - Spicy aroma with pepper, clove and light lemon rind. A pretty musty, wheat cracker aroma as well. Not completely like a traditional Saison, but it does have some Saison aromas. As it warms a bit more citrus comes out. Not a great aroma, but not horrible.

T - Starts out with a musty, wheaty flavor with a bit of a cracker aspect. Strong citrus flavors come out mid sip til the finish. Plenty of lemony flavors that mix with the peppery clove and other spices. A strong zesty, tart taste. Just a touch of fruitiness, especially grape and some other golden fruit.

M - Lighter body with a lot of carbonation. Very zesty, spritzy feel.

D - Easy to drink zesty feel. Quite refreshing, although the citrus can be a little overwhelming.

Notes: A nice Saison with plenty of citrus flavors and a lot of zesty, refreshing flavors. A nice summer beer that is pretty refreshing. Not the best beer, but a nice one. For the right price this is one to get, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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FreshHawk from Illinois, Oct 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Hunger N Thirst.

A - Pours slightly murky orange with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving thin sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of bready yeast, black pepper, banana, dash of fruit and some earthy hops. A traditional Belgian saison for sure.

T - Starts off with some mild black pepper spice quickly being joined by the bready malt and fruity yeast and finally the banana and light earthy hop bitterness. Finish is a little sweet with plenty of chewiness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, effervescent feel with only a faint hint of booze as it warms up.

O - A nice example of a traditional Belgian saison. It has just enough to keep me coming back for more.

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orangesol from Pennsylvania, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Mattias from Sweden, Jan 26, 2013
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4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can purchased from B. United.

This one pours with a big fluffy head, with lots of lacing, and a cloudy orange and hazy color.

This smells like clove, banana, spicy hops, minerals, and citrus.

Although I'm a big fan of the funky/citrusy/wild saisons you see coming from places like Hill Farmstead, I also love seeing these drier and more Dupont-like takes. This has a great hoppy and fresh bitterness to it, probably heightened by the fact that beer is finished and canned in the US after being brewed in Belgium. There's some nice spiced character - clove, herbs, grass, marijuana, etc, with some light banana and citrus sweetness.

This finishes very dry, with a nice lingering bitterness, and a really good drinkability to it.

This is extremely enjoyable, and extremely well done.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

AlexFields from Tennessee, Nov 18, 2014
Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 475 ratings