Saison D'Erpe-Mere | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Saison D'Erpe-MereSaison D'Erpe-Mere

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KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of biga7346
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Reviewed from notes)

A: Whispy, pale straw yellow and a MASSIVE cream head that climbs all the way up my oversized wine glass and did not dissipate for at least 4-5 minutes. Left tons of sticky lacing around the sides. I don't believe I have ever seen a thicker, more pillowy head outside of Samuel Smiths beers, definitely not in a saison.

S: White pepper spice notes, definite barnyard mustiness, and what's that...hops! Right away I could tell this would be one of the more hoppiers saisons I have had which makes sense with the massive head retention.

T/M: Tart spiciness along with some bright fruits up front, floral hops, barnyard, reminds me of an amped up version of Saison Dupont. It has a real velvety mouthfeel, creamy and lactic.

D: I would definitely drink more of this but wouldn't go out of my way to find out. I could just drink Dupont or Foret and get about the same experience.

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Photo of sogrady
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I confess to being a bit surprised at the ratings ot the D'Erpe-Mere, as I prefer it to others in the style such as the popular Dupont, the Silly, or American interpretations like Smuttynose Farmouse or Allagash's Fluxus '09 (though the latter was superb). Perhaps its low standing is a function of the fewer reviews, which is in turn a function of its scarcity.

Either way, I find the D'Erpe-Mere to be one of the finer exhibitions of the farmhouse style. Hazy golden body with a yeasty, citrus flavored nose. Slightly sweet, spiced taste with an almost wheat flavor to it and a lemon back, it's an ideal accompaniment to a summer day.

Got a fair amount of punch, too, for such an easy to drink beer. If you're looking for an excellent example of the saison style, you could do a lot worse than this beer.

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Photo of adamette
3.19/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed this beer on tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL with (among others) my two brothers-in-law Steven and Mat August 21st, 2010. Mat lives within minutes of this place and we enjoy visiting there when I am in town. Poured into a Bavarian Lodge logo'd tulip glass.

A Awesome, creamy light head over a hazy but translucent light yellow body. 4.5

S Spicy, saison like light sweetness. Kind of basic but pleasant, inviting. 3.0

T Rather basic Saison light, spicy sweetness. 3.0

M Soft, typical saison feel. Nothing surprising here. 3.0

D Fair to good as this is a fine beer but it did not inspire me very much that night. 3.5

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

2006 vintage, 7.5 percent ABV-- an aged Saison...have I gone mad? It's actually very tasty.

Pours a relatively clear, bright gold with a sizable and fluffy white head. Good retention, lacing.

The hops have died down quite a bit, leaving behind a mainly fruity nose, though also some yeast, earth and must, plus a nice hint of vanilla.

The flavor is remarkably similar to the nose, with the addition of some tea-like bitterness. The spices also come into play, with a note of cardamom. Not a whole lot of acidity, though a bit of lemon zest and orange. The yeastiness is present, but mellow. The alcohol is almost non-existent, making for a very drinkable Saison. Mouthfeel was light, effervescent and soft.

I am quite happy with this aged D'Erpe Mere. Will try it fresh and see if it warrants a review part deux.

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Photo of brendan13
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Upon opening the bottle it gushes imediately.
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden with a fluffy inch of white head. Carbonation bubbles racing to the top even after a few minutes of pouring keeps the head persistant.
S - Honey & Peach notes dominate the aroma with some subtle spicy notes.
T - The taste is much like the smell; honey and peaches with pepper spicy qualities also noticeable.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a very high carbonation level.
D - Carbonation is great but gushers annoy me. That aside, this is an artisinal product & things like this happen. ABV% is fairly high but not noticeable. A Saison I'd recommend & buy more of.

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

Pours a hazy bright gold with a couple fingers of eggshell white head that left an intricate spider's web of lace. Good retention. Citrus-led nose has a great underlying funkiness, which is perfectly complimented by a blast of pepper in the tail - lovely stuff.

Flavour is great. Pale malts provide some honey notes, which has its sweetness cut by a lemony wheaty tang. The funk provides a mineral, earthy presence, with touches of barnyard, and the peppery spice in the finish works really well with this. Quenching medium-light body with a billowy carbonation.

This is an excellent saison and deserves to be ranked up there with the greats.

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Photo of mynie
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this in Indie, I think. It didn't have a cool paper wrapping but the bottle art is the same. Also I can't resist bottles like this, where the art looks cheap and foreign and vaguely soviet, like if some big dumb bureaucracy was in charge of making bottle art. It screams rarity, and that's cool.

Pours hazy and heady, like a smart girl who is really high. Gorgeous pour, actually, for the style.

Nothing else quite lives up to the pour. It's harshly effervescent--where a better saison is crisp in a way that accentuates its citrus nodes or yeastiness, this is crisp in a way that accentuates its bubbly crispness.

This isn't to say that it's bad, because it's not. The yeast profile is pretty awesome, much spicier than I'm used to in the style and it works well against the citrus the dominates the front and middle of the flavor, but overall the body kind of kills this.

As it warmed, it got tastier, so I'm upping the score a little. This is still a yeasty, back-end beer, and not what you'd usually look for in a Saison, but it's pretty darn good once you get used to it.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thick foamy offwhite head, which was well retained and gave way to some very nice lacing. The body was very hazy, almost opaque, yellow body. Lots of active carbonation observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Packed foremost with phenolics trademark of most saisons/farmhouse ales... lots of cellar-like character... and non-descript spiciness over a crisp crackerlike malt base.

T- You get sweet pale malt up front with a slight vegetal edge to it. On the midpalate, you get those cellar-like phenolics that linger on into the semi-dry finish. Those phenolics echo on the tongue. That touch of DMS knocks-down what would have been a 4.5 flavor rating.

M- Medium body with a slight creaminess imparted by a soft carbonation. No astringency or texture otherwise.

D- Quaffable and refreshing... but the alcohol would sneak up on you if you weren't careful!

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Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Ebenezer's Pub. Served in a chalice. Cool temperature.

A-golden yellow, marshmallow-like head.

S-yeasty, lemon

T-bell pepper like notes and lemon

M-light, well carbonated

D-Very drinkable beer. Incredible with food. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, brasserie V

appearance: served in la chouffe chalice - hazy straw-orange body, foamy white cap

smell: citrusy, lots of lemon, honey, yeast, white pepper

taste: lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, adequate amount of belgian yeast, light spice. Consumed directly after the lovely Saison Dupont and this one had a larger body with a sharper lemon kick

mouthfeel: fresh, larger body than a number of saisons

drinkability: good

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from Coasters in Melbourne, FL

Pours a bright yellow with a thin white head that leaves no lacing.

Nose is sweet Belgian yeast with lemon & some malts.

Taste is sweet Belgian yeast, a slight lemon tartness, slight hop bitterness and a clean dry finish, yum

Mouthfeel is light with a dry finish.

A very drinkable Saison, very pleasing nose and taste, the ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A very bright and vibrant golden yellow pour with some nice haze and a fluffy white head.

S: Tons of citrus zestiness, primarily lemons, with a bit of bready malts. There is also a good floral note to the nose which brings out the perception of honey.

T: The combination of mildly sweet and bready malts along with the strong lemon component is quite nice. The floral character is not quite as pronounced as in the nose, but still lends the beer a touch of honey flavor. Perhaps a touch of grass on the back end.

M: Light in body with plenty of effervescence and a little bit of dryness.

D: A really nice, "light" beer for a warm day. I hesitate to say light for a 7.5% beer, but it drinks quite easily and is refreshing.

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Photo of drpimento
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Like this one a little more than the tripel. Poured with a large off white foamy frothy textured head and lots of lace. Bits of sediment are in head and liquid which is colored a cloudy amber. Aroma is malty and yeasty. Flavor is drier and more bitter than the tripel but lots of similarity and malt yeast and a little hop and fruit. Very good body and carbonation. Finish is good and helps to make it a session beer.

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Photo of mjaskula
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large wine glass. This bottle was super carbonated, and it foamed up as soon as I opened it. The head was gigantic, filling up the glass after only a quarter of it was poured. The beer is cloudy and golden and the head is dense white and soapy. The head never really goes away and leave a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is typical of a saison, earthy and yeasty, and little bit a citrus. The flavor is similar, with some peppery notes. There's only a little bit of grassy hop flavor and little bitterness.

Carbonation doesn't seem that high despite the head and foaming, it's certainly not a problem when drinking it. A really nice beer.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Foamy. Eventually a golden-yellow body with decent clarity appears. Not much in the way of lacing despite the strong head.

S: Lemon, orange, wheat, floral tones and pepper. Not too funky. Nice but not particularly complex or provocative.

T: Like the nose, this saison can be distilled down to two key elements: lemon zest and pepper. Only the slightest hit of funky tartness.

M: Smooth, lively carbonated. Light and refreshingly dry.

D: I enjoyed this on a warm spring night out at the cafe. A real nice pairing for the night. Would revisit again when seeking a classic saison when I want something on the simpler side of the saison spectrum compared to the deeper ones I usually consume.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original bottle date is 07/01/2008
Pours out with a very large head, very cloudy golden orange. Nice carbonation with fat bubbles and slow creeping lace.
Smell is very nice, bread and earth, slightly spicy.
Taste is smooth and malty with a nice hop kick and a smooth aftertaste. The carbonation doesn't get in the way of the taste and swallow. It is a little thick for the style but not enough to turn me off.
The only drawback is the price. I love the taste but am more likely to grab a Saison Dupont for $7 instead of the $15. Very glad I picked up. If I had the cash I'd have grabbed another.
5/31/10 Happy to say I found 2 more for the cellar with the bottle date of 07/18/2009.

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Photo of JonB1958
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at the Bavarian Lodge.

Poured into a Tulip glass, this unfiltered beer has a nice hazy, golden-orangish color with some haziness, almost like a hefe. Very good carbonation in it, too.

The aroma is less "there" than I expected; it has the obvious signs of a Belgian beer, but it's less aggressive than others of this style. A little grass, a little lemon, and some alcohol up front.

Taste is really pretty good, although I'm not usually a fan of Belgians or this style. It's earthy and complex. A very nice finish seems sort of lemony and fruity, and leaves you wanting to take another sip, just out of curiosity.

Overall, this is very drinkable, even for someone who doesn't like this style.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

APP- some gushing out of the lightly chilled bottle. Glowing turbid gold color with big pillows of fluffy white head, other than a slightly ropey sediment at the bottom this is just what my saison dreams look like

aroma- understated and simple, pick up mostly pepper and grass with light citrus and yeast

Taste- damn kids. really excellent flavor here, I get notes of pear, berry, peppermint, fennel, lemon, melon, a strong grassy/ herbal noble hop presence, perfume quality, extremely fresh tasting and refreshing with just a hint of lychee fruit and alcohol introducing a long, spicy, dry finish that gets very interesting if you pay attention to it...rose water?...this is awesome

Drinkability- I want a case

MF- light bodied, dry, effervescent, not very astringent really, has more of a creaminess to it. awesome

Overall- Saison is a really etherial style, hard to pin down, but when I think of saison, I think of this. So glad I found this beer. Really excellent. May have dethroned Foret in my book.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not like the Saison that I am used to. This brew is more sinister in character, more like a winter night brew than a summer day brew.

G – Delirium tulip

A – Golden-orange and hazy, with a small wispy head.

S – I am getting faint tobacco and mesquite smoke under a rich golden malt and a vinous, boozy aroma. Strange, but intriguing.

T – Olfactory becomes gustatory. Quite 'hot', considering the relatively low ABV. It reminds me of Avery's (16%!)The Beast, strangely. I would say this is the Wee Heavy of Saisons. The body is quite full, the malt very rich and sweetly roasted, and big vinous-alcoholic tones emanate from it. The alcohol presence could be very distracting if you were of a sensitive / soft sensibility.

M – Slightly too viscous for my liking, but only by a small margin. More effervescence might've made for a greater flavor dynamic.

D – This is a very interesting beer, but it is too low on ABV to be tasting so potent.

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

Hazy honey color - mellow cheerfulness.

The smell was metallic and tart at first, but has evolved into some kind of sweet twig/ grass with like, um, a hint of orange seeds. Crushed smarties.

Quenching wheat tartness with faint citrus/ earthy hops thing.

Aroma and flavor become very subtle. The flavors and aromas are all very well integrated.

The mouth feel is so mellow and soft; though the carbonation is lively, the bubbles are very fine little needle points.

As I taste on, yeast and honey come to the fore. This is complex, but not in a "big" way.

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Photo of crossovert
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle.

Massive gusher beware!!!! EXTREMELY ANNOYING.

It immediately started gushing as I opened it and I poured a whole glass of it and set it down, it almost immediately stared gushing again, and I quickly had to pour another glass.

The beer is nice golden hazy saison with a huge white head as expected. The head sticks forever never want to recede.

The scent of this beer has spilled all over me and it is pretty good. It is fruity, spicy, peppery, with a nice large dosage of yeasty twang that adds some banana. The malt is there as well, though light with a kiss of hops. The fruits range from grapey to tropical to lemon citrus, a great smell on this one.

The flavor follows the smell. It has a little bit of everyhting, and it is bright and springey. The hops make a slightly starker appearance in the taste. THe fruits, yeast, and malts all seem amplified as well. The spices are also there, layered underneath. It is 7.5% alcohol but doesn't taste it, the alcohol is well hidden.

This is very good Belgian craft, love it.

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Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pale orange; the liquid is hazy. The three finger head is white, compact and very firm. It leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is fruity-yeasty-hoppy with a delicate bitterness. Notes of wheat flour, ripe apples and a touch of wood.

The taste is a bit raw and unpolished. Yeast, fresh hops and vegetables, dough and flour. Hints of chipboard and fat chemicals. The aftertaste is bitter and sweet with dried fruits, creamy cheese and citric hints.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles small. The liquid is semi-smooth.

No traces of the alcohol at all, this is an interesting blend of a saison and a Belgian IPA. Great paired with whiskey marinated meat!

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Photo of thekanna
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at the Quarry House in Silver Spring, MD.

A: Pours a radiant hazy gold with a large, rock-solid head that just refuses to dissipate.

S: Beautiful floral aromas (I detect tulips or lilies) that bequeath notes of Belgian yeasts, leavening bread, bananas, cloves, and black peppercorns.

T: Nice wheat malts and a refreshing, lemon-glazed banana bread like taste. A rush of yeast, followed by a slight hop tinge and a peppery and phenolic finish. This is a shining example of the Saison style.

M: Medium-bodied; refreshingly juicy and fulfilling. A good amount of carbonation to complement the pepperiness, followed by a dry finish.

D: Delicious and refreshing; a textbook Saison in the best sense possible. I imagine this is why historically Belgian farmers looked forward to the harvest and working out in the field: so they can be rewarded when they came back with a fresh glass of this stuff.

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Photo of corby112
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow color with some ripe banana hues and lighter golden yellow hues when held to a light source with a large three finger frothy pillowy white head. Excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with spots od soapy lacing.

Spicy peppery aroma with hints of lemon peel, crisp light fruit, citrus lemon and orange peel and possibly some subtle cherry.

Once again the falvor is very spicy and peppery with a bit of lemon zest along with hints of orange and lemon peel. Creamy medium body with hints of other light fruits, mostly cherry. The spiciness is very prominent and lingers throughout into a spicy citrus finish. This was a decent saison but I wish that it was a little more balanced with less of the earthy spice flavor that dominates the flavor.

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Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam. Good retention and excellent lace. Slightly hazy, light gold body.

S - Slightly funky yeast with tart wheat. Pepper and spicy european hops.

T - Lots of wheat up front, quite tart and refreshing. Musty yeast blends well with the earthy hops and fades to a peppery finish.

M - Medium-thick but creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a great saison with a well balanced blend of funk, spicy yeast, and hops. No one aspect of this beer overwhelms the palate, and it comes together to create complexity that lasts through the end of the glass. Very drinkable.

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Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
4.13 out of 5 based on 446 ratings.
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