Saison D'Erpe-Mere | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Saison D'Erpe-MereSaison D'Erpe-Mere

Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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

i like these funky small timey saisons, and this one is pretty darn bretty. i suspect my poor 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.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy straw with a thick, rocky head. Smells of bready malts and pungent yeast. Tastes of honeyed bread, earthy, fungal yeast, spice, and dull bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fluffy with a smooth carbonation. This is a good saison, but not mind-blowing. A little too sweet for me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy straw yellow with 2 fingers worth of foam and I see some nice lacing.

Yeasty, spicy, wheat, some bitterness. Spices are cloves and pepper.

Spice is up front in the taste. Peppery, cloves, mild, no, rather assertive bitter flavour then ends in a mix of that bitter and a candi sugar sweetness.

Medium body, zesty level of carbonation.

This is quite enjoyable with the tastes going on and is really very very dry in the finish.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Slightly hazy straw-yellow pour with a huge foamy three finger head with great retention and lacing. Earthy, yeasty nose with hints of lemon, grass, pepper, subtle clove, and apple. The taste follows suit with hints of lemon, white pepper, apple skin, grass, Belgian yeast, subtle funk, and just a touch of sourness. The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and refreshing with a great tangy, dry finish. Overall, this is a classic example of a Belgian Saison.

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Photo of champ103
4.5/5  rDev +9%

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color. A dense white head rises to over two finger with impressive lace all the way down. This is a looker.
S: Earthy, peppery yeast up front and center. Fruity esters like banana, and some spicy clove. Lemon rind and finishes with a grassy bitterness. Spot on for a traditional Saison.
T: Again, that earthy, spicy and fruity yeast is up front and very welcoming. Clove and black pepper on the tongue. Banana, lemon rind and white grapes that gives this just a slight tartness. As this warms some bread and biscuit malts come through. A light lingering grassy bitterness. Lovely.
M/D: A light body that is perfectly carbonated. Effervescent, crisp, beautifully clean and dry. A treat to drink, the bottle is gone in no time. This is great for the hot Texas weather, but I can enjoy this year round.

A spot on traditional Saison. That perfect Belgian yeast shines, and works so well with the grassy hops and biscuit malts. An instant favorite of mine, and I need to see if some more are on the shelves ASAP.

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Photo of msquared36
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sunny yellow and hazy. Dense foam that leaves 3D lacing.

Not a strong scent but a hint of lemon and funk.

Champaign like - dry and grapey. A little banana sweetness especially as it warms.

Moderate carbonation. This is a substantial beer that coats the tongue.

A very good beer that falls short of being great. A little too subtle, could have used another level of flavor. There are hints of tartness, funk, and peppery spice, but I would prefer if any of those were more prominent. Nevertheless, worth a try.

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Photo of orangesol
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/12/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, wheat, esters, light caramelized malts, citrus and spices.

T: The taste starts out with a touch of estery sourness that is followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus, bananas and spices. Then some breadiness comes in from wild Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is tart and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

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

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a cloudy light straw amber with a huge white head; a careful pour produced a half glass of foam. After settling, left massive, pillowy lacing. Mild aroma of saison yeast, apple, pear and light stone fruit, mild citrus, spicy. Flavor is also subdued, but reveals interesting flavors gradually. Starts with light stone fruit and apple, light Belgian yeast, coriander, then dries out a bit revealing more coriander, floral light fruit and light citrus. The finish is light fruit, moderate spice bitterness and a bit of caramel that is surprising in the semi-dry finishing flavors. Light to medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. A subtle, but complex hybrid of light Belgian ale and saison; both yeast styles seem to show their presence during the taste. Fruit is mellow, but complex with apple and citrus family fruit all in the mix. Very nicely done and a pleasure to drink. I buy saisons with trepidation because some are too wild yeast forward and tart for my taste, but this is the kind of brew that convinces me to keep trying. Excellent. I have really enjoyed everything from this brewery and look forward to their other ales.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, grass, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, grass, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly intense hop bitterness that I wasn't expecting for the style.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my ciney sniffer

A - Pours a wonderful cloudy honeycomb colour with a two fingered heard that lasts and laces. Excellent !

S - Big aromas of funk, yeast and citrus, typical Belgian.

T - The taste is so damn smooth and balanced. Plenty of yeasty citrus notes, with a slightly dry finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Exactly what you want in a saison.

O - Wonderful experience and an example of why no other country can match this style. It even rivals the Fantome Ghost and Dupont versions.


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