Saison D'Erpe-Mere | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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4.11/5
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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:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 06-29-2005

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pDev:
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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a good head and good lace. The aroma is floral with some spicy notes and a weird kind of tequila aroma that I don't know exactly what to think of. The flavor is spicy with some nice cinnamon notes a good mineral character with some citrus rind and a mild tartness, and a dryness like champagne. That tequila thing kind of creeps into the flavor a bit as well, but it seems to work with the flavors a lot better than it worked with the aroma.

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Photo of dbossman
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy bright yellow hue with a huge, frothing head; lacing is okay

S: Big lemony citrus--lemon rind--up front; a bit of coriander too; a touch of pepper spice; lots of grainy barnyard grassy funk; I am excited to try this!

T: An earthy, wet grassy malt presence with tons of lemon citrus; a touch of coriander and pepper and pear and apple; a good funk with a pleasant dryness on back end

F:Carbonated up front and pleasantly dry at the end--the beer washes through the mouth leaving a nice film behind

D: Great Saison! So drinkable though the dryness does make you keep drinking which sort of creates a cyclical problem...but oh well, this is a good beer.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours a very hazy, bordering on cloudy pale gold, with a towering, rocky white head that looks like a volcano as it slowly settles - good retention, though not quite spectacular. Leaves nice lacing all the way down. Dozens of streams of bubbles flow up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is very nice, and immediately grabs you - bretty and funky, with a sharp dose of bright barnyard goodness, layered around big notes of lemon and hints of vanilla. There's a subtle graininess to it underneath, but the big, bright notes that the yeast and bugs impart are the star of this show.

Taste is exactly what the nose leads you to expect; bright and acidic in front, quite tart, with heavy doses of lemony citric acid and barnyard. There's also a bit of a horseblanket mustiness to the taste that the smell tends to miss. Clearly, this one is a big bretty bug showcase - very bright, very zingy. Earthy bitterness comes around on the finish, musty, though it disappears cleanly quickly enough. Sharp, spritzy carbonation over a lightish body make this a warm weather dream, though it's still welcome this dreary winter day. This one will absolutely be revisited over the summer - what a fantastic readily-available saison.

Drinkability is, of course, superb as well. All around excellent saison, reminscent at times of Ithaca Brute even, though certainly not nearly as clean and of-a-single-purpose. More complex, a bit more challenging, though the bright, lemony brett domination and champagne-like carbonation are both spot on. Very good beer.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an athletic pale cloudy fizzy gold with a tall fluffy champagne head. Lively out of the bottle, if not quite a gusher. Lemon barley and wildflower nose. Starfruit malts, wheaty smoothness, the expected white pepper and lemon zest notes, and grassy hops to finish. Creamy, round, light and crisp.

As others have said, a clean saison with no funk. Nothing stands out as extraordinary, but also no faults to point to. A fine if typical example of the style.

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Photo of jfro
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color- light straw, cloudy
Nose- tart apricot, bananna
Taste- fruit up front, belgo-yeast on the back
Mouth- drank out of a duvel tulip so the high carbonation was accentuated

this is as close to a fresh version of fantome as I will ever be able to find in the 716. This bottle was produced on the "15 Mei 2010". Not too shabby. Perfect for my taste in saison.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A personal favorite in the realm of Saison. Pours straw golden with lively carbonation and billowy soft white head. Great retention throughout drinking, chunks of lacing down the glass. Smell is slightly restrained but elegant and complex, more than my description could possibly describe. See what I mean? Old mother earth beneath the barnyard. Yeast, some floral scents, lemon, white pepper. Taste is great. The subtle nuances shine through in flavor. A great supporting earthy, musky character to this beer. Slightly sweet then slightly tart. Still not exploding with flavor but delicious indeed. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly on the tongue, yet creamy with a definite dryness in the finish which makes you crave the next sip. One of the more drinkable beers in this category for sure. An excellent example of the style and one that I would put up against the best of the best.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Memphis Taproom during Philly Beer Week 2010, just found my notes for this one.

A- A deep orange honey looking color of a beer with a nice amount of head up above with lacing abilities. Rising bubbles add to the effect.

S- Getting alot of yeast in this one, Belgiany bread with some wheat. Honey suckles with some earth underneath it. Getting a fair amount of lemon as well.

T- Well, this is one fruity saison, while the yeast sort of clouds the nose the tropic fruits play a big roll in taste. Not tropical in a IPA amount, but tropic enough. Lemon juice which is the only thing keeping this from the next level. Wheat and a touch of bubblegum with honey. a bready aftertaste lingers for a few.

M- Above light bodied with a somewhat bitey carb thing going for it. The lemon lingers in the distance.

D- I really liked this saison and would have it again but Im not going to track it down. Low alcohol leaves for more drinking ability, but if I had a whole bottle of this to my head, I don't know if I would want to finish it by myself.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of biga7346
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +4.6%
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 -22.4%
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 +2.2%
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 +12.7%
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 +8.3%
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%
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.

EDIT:
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 +0.5%
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 +9.5%
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 -3.2%
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 +5.1%
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 -0.7%
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 -16.1%
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 +1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 +1.5%
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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Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 455 ratings