Saison D'Erpe-Mere | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Saison D'Erpe-MereSaison D'Erpe-Mere
BA SCORE
88.1%
Liked This Beer
4.12 w/ 447 ratings
Saison D'Erpe-MereSaison D'Erpe-Mere
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Belgium
glazentoren.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 06-29-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,076
Reviews:
212
Ratings:
447
Liked:
394
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
8.98%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
33
Trade:
1
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Photo of acurtis
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of djrn2
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a transparent looking yellow color with a minimal amount of head and lacing. The smell of the beer doesn't have much of a farmhouse aroma at all which is fine in my opinion. It does have some lively aromas of lemon and bready yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer also has the lemons coming in strong with a grainy light aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little thin but has a pretty good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a really refreshing brew I just feel that it's a little too light. Still worth trying though.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy straw yellow in color. A careful pour resulted in a massive two finger high white head that has excellent properties and consistently left a head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of peppery spices in the nose along with hints of lemon citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the pepper is a bit stronger, and the flavors are more complex with notes of yeast and hints of lemon citrus.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has no traces of alcohol in the taste considering that it is a very strong saison.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2005 (tasted in 2008)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a sturdy beaten egg white head that persists perfectly and leaves patterns of abstract designs in the chalice

Smell: Whoa Nellie, there is something gone wrong here. On some whiffs, I pull in the characteristic Saison aromatics of green apples, pears, barnyard funk and yeast and on others, it smells like gasoline (or should I say petrol, given its heritage)

Taste: Holding my nostrils and swirling it on my tongue produces a combination of the aromatic elements, with the addition of a lemony element; fortunately, the balance is in favor of the Saison; the flavor does not develop much after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy; just like I would expect

Drinkability: I guess this beer just cannot last this long in the cellar so I will have to try it on another occasion

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy yellow/beige color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and loads of foam sticking to the glass. Aroma is quite spicy which is probably coming from the yeast strain used by the brewer. Taste is a mix between some deep semi-sweet Belgian malt, some fruity ester and a spicy finish from the yeast with some light funky notes as well. Body is full with limited filtration with some great carbonation. Very well done overall but I still think this is a notch below the Dupont.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but this was purchased fresh recently. Pours slightly hazy pale golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, pepper, pineapple, floral, grass, straw, wheat, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters. Taste of big lemon, apple, pear, pineapple, grass, pepper, coriander, straw, wheat, clove, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Slight citrus tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, pepper, clove, grass, straw, wheat, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance; with a great fruity/spicy ester balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and very crisp mouthfeel that is excellent. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding saison! Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me say that I was quite happy with the price (>$13) considering this comes from one of the smallest breweries in Belgium. :) Breweries within 25 miles of me are selling bottles this size for more! :(

The initial pour was only slightly hazy with a deep yellow-gold body. Subsequent pours roused the yeast and left it a cloudy orange-gold. The pillowy bright white head held remarkably well and left dripping fingers of craggy lace clawing at the glass.

It was quite yeasty in the nose, even with the first (clearer) pour, and there were some very mild off-notes of acetone. I found it lightly chalky and delicately fruity with some dried apricot or white grapes, citrus rind, a flicker of hops, and some dull, straw-like maltiness.

In the mouth it was effervescent with a very-fine bubble, no doubt due to its bottle conditioning; and its medium-light body left it airy but still a bit prickly as it crossed the palate.

Yeast took a leading role in the flavor as it did in the aroma, and it was a bit chalky, citrus rind-like, somewhat spicy, and slightly mineralish over a delicately sweet, damp-straw-like malt base strewn with hops. A solid bitterness backed it, and floral and lightly herbal hops flitted back and forth. It finished dry but not brittle with some lingering yeast and fruitiness. It was well-balanced, and I noted that it fell somewhere between the sweeter and drier versions of the style.

Overall I found it quite enjoyable and I look forward to trying some of their other beers. In the meantime I think I'll purchase a few bottles of this to lay down as I think a bit more conditioning (or at least a better yeast sedimentation) would help.

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazy golden with a oarangy hue with a huge blossoming head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving globs of lace behind.Whoo very effervescent citrusy and yeasty with mineral undertones as well.Very refreshing with the alc % hidden very well,orange and pear flavors are very prevelant subtle spice like black pepper and clove are noticable underneath the fruit with a nice geranium "green" finish.A nice saison to be had here subtly complex and quite refreshing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at State Line in Elkton, MD. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a nice straw color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some light lemon and citrus plus some hay and wheat. Faint earth and spice there, but not quite as much as the citrus component. Good wheat and some sight citrus in the flavor. Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a three to four finger tall bright white head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small slightly thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant (maybe even massive) amounts of carbonation are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of yeast, black pepper, and lemon/citrus. Just the slightest hint of funk but it is really just in the background.

T: Strong flavors of yeast, lemon/citrus, and lots of black pepper. Very light hint of funk that makes me sure this is a saison at the first taste.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Alcohol is extremely well hidden. This beer is very easy to drink and borders on being sessionable. Wonderful flavors and complexity, probably one of the better saisons I have had ever.

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Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 88.1% out of 100 with 447 ratings
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