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

750ml bottle purchased at Amanti Vino in Montclair, NJ. I believe this was a 2012 vintage but I’m not 100% positive about that. Pours a hazy and shimmering light gold color with an absurd cap of creamy white foam that hangs around for a long time, finally settling to a thin band on top of the beer. Lacing is extensive and clings to the sides of the glass in creamy sheets. Great appearance.

Very complex aroma; lots of black pepper and other spices (clove is most prominent); some hay and mustiness; bready malt and honey; lemons and other citrus fruits; green apples and other spicy, yeasty esters. Extremely interesting to smell and slowly opens up to reveal further nuances.

The flavor is also quite nice if not as heavily layered as the nose. Assertive yeast, spice, and pepper open things up, followed by the bready malt notes and a light honeyed sweetness that dries up completely in the finish. Subtler fruity aspects emerge as well; citrusy, lemony hops, green apple, hints of melon and pear. If I had a criticism of the beer it would be that the pepper and spice overwhelm the other flavors to a small degree, dominating the flavor profile a smidge, but that’s nitpicking. This is a mighty nice saison.

Body is medium to slightly light; carbonation is crisp and strong; the feel is clean and refreshing. A pleasure to drink; goes down easy and has a lot to offer fans of this style.

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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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 dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of DenverLogan
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden straw color...lasting head of different size bubbles. Mild funk and light sweet malt aroma. Rich flavor with a touch of funk, bread, mild malt...notes of white pepper, orange. Really easy drinking and delicious. Not as assertive as many saisons, but I find this easy and tasty, something I could easily down a bottle.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow/gold with good carbonation and big, lasting head on top of a spicy, peppery, cloe-like aroma. Also hints of citric hops and a touch of herbalness; also touches of light or tropical fruit along w/ sweetness. Body is the same as its light, spicy, has a mild candi sugar and fruit sweetness as a mild fruit (citric and tropical) taste. Well-carbonated with a touch of yeast so goes down easy but is crisp and retains a dry edge and finish to it thanks to minor herbal hops. A little too white-wine like for me as its more crisp than sweet and is rather light-bodied for a saison. Good beer but not my first choice.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a recent private import. 750ml bottle.

The color of this beer is pale yellow. Nice white foamy head thrones on top of it. Very good looking beer. The head seems to stick well to the glass.

The aroma is floral hops all the way with some citrus notes too. Some farmhouse typical aroma notes there too, funky. Highly carbonated on the looks and also in the mouth. Crisp, almost like champagne. Taste is dominated by citrus notes. Very dry on the finish. Very refreshing. Thin bodied.

The last glass is veiled with all the yeast coming out. Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma now. And on the taste, it appears to be a little bit more bitter and aggressive.

A pretty decent beer and easy to drink. Overall, I really like this one and glad I had 4 other bottles in my fridge!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle served into a Duvel Tulips.
Bottle says 7.5% ABV.

A - Pours a honey golden color with a massive rocky white head. Diligent retention with solid lacing.

S - Classic farmhouse aroma, tart apples, pears, stone fruit, lemon, damp wheat, subtle spice, bubblegum, earthy grass,

T - Spiced pears, tangy taffy, peaches, grassy and citrus hops are very prevalent and coat the palate with a peppery sensation. Honey kissed malt, damp wheat, earthy and musky. Finishes dry with a chalky yeast aftertaste.

M - Moderate soft carbonation, flowy feel, really carries the flavors across the palate.

This beer really transforms over a session. Sweet fruit when chilled but as it warms the musty and husky wheat grow adding an earthy twist with tart citrus coming out as well. Perfect carbonation. Has some funkiness on the aftertaste. Very interesting and would recommend for sure!

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Crystal clear light golden ale with nice fizz and a decent, bright white cap that leaves nice lacing, but fades over time.

S-Barnyard funk all the way - awesome!

T-Very nice grassiness; dry with a citrus swing that makes for a splendid ale - yum. Became more complex as it warmed up, so give it a chance.

M-Soft with a nice creamy fizz, but not heavy in a distracting way, if that makes sense.

O-Very nice stuff and almost certainly food friendly, too. Worth seeking out. Note that the bottle will probably be wrapped in paper.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml unwrapped bottle marked as 7.5% alc/vol.
Poured into a 22 ounce glass leaving the heavy sediment behind.
A - hazy straw color with two fingers of fizzy lacy head atop a continuous stream of fine bubbles.
S - grassy lemon zest and fruit esters with an earthy yeasty background.
T - zippy crisp saison bite that holds a great many flavors in a nice blend: grass, citrus, bread, light fruits, earthy peppery yeast, slight sour/tart yet sweet. Very nice.
M - medium bodied with fantastic carbonation and an easy feel that leaves just a lingering slightly dry tart behind.
D - hard to find the 7.5% alcohol but I'm sure it'll find me because this one is going down easy.
Easily among the finest of what I want from a Saison.

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Photo of mwthomas
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Cloudy, golden color with a nice white head.

S: Citrus (mostly lemon), yeast, and floral hops.

T: Lemon at the front and tart at the end.

M: Beautifully carbonated and compliments the taste well.

O: Excellent example of the style. Would definitely recommend it and drink again.

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

Poured from bottle with wrapper dated 1 5MEI 2010 to a NBB globe. The beer pours a hazy golden straw color with a billowing 4 finger bubbly white head. Decent retention and leaves gobs of lacing. The nose is light and crisp but also complex. Hints of pilsen malt base along with a tart fruity character. Sweet pear, apple, and a hint of citrus. No alcohol detected. Yeast is not overpowering in the least but rather brings everything together. Very nice. The Flavor builds upon the nose. Sweet with some tarty fruitiness and hint of sour tones. Begins crisp but ends smooth and creamy. Light and airy with a mild bitterness. Finishes with a slight lingering bitter with a fair amount of fruit on the tongue. Sweet but not overly so. Very approachable and drinkable. Lighter side of medium boded and well carbonated. Overall, this is a very good saison. Very drinkable. I had shed away from the price tag at $16.95/bottle but finally took the plunge. Glad I did. Excellent.

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

750 ml crown capped, paper wrapped bottle.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a slight haze. Huge white rocky head with great retention, ultimately leaves some floating piles of whipped cream. Sheets of sticky lacing. 4.5

Smell: Sweet pale malt, lemon, a little pepper and other spice, a hint of tartness. Spicy, herbal hops. Quite good. 4.5

Taste: Very hoppy with a snappy lemon flavor and some tartness. An almost clove like flavor near the end a long hops bitterness. There's enough sweetness from the malt and ester fruitiness to balance out the hoppiness. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Very soft and creamy feeling in the mouth, but the finish is clean, dry, and refreshing. 4.0

Overall: This is really a great saison. Highly hopped, but still loaded with complex saison aroma and flavor elements. Delicious. 4.5

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Photo of BrownNut
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Sooo nice. For me this was the best of 11 solid beers I tried today in a series of flights. I liked this one so much it was the only one I did a repeat on. I need to go back and have a full pint of it because I don't know what exactly I was tasting. It was sort of a honey taste but less syrupy and sticky than a honey taste. It was like honey more floral and focused than simply sweet. It was just delicious. If I could ask for anything it might be more of a back end, a little something more robust in the back of the throat to exhale through, but I'll take this any day. Beautiful to drink on a beautiful day.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was this the winner of the night? I thought so.

L: trouble, whitebeer look, because of the wheat (?); good top;
S: you can keep on smelling this beer; it differs every time, flowery, orange, dried yellow fruit;
T: this is also an exploration; flowery, nice bitterishness;
M: just very nice, great alcohol and aftertaste;
O: almost perfect beer!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
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 ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light hay color with a fluffy 2 fingers of white head. Massive white lacing.

The nose is very tart smelling and has a good amount of barnyard/horse blanket to it. There is also a sweet fruit scent noticed.

The taste is indeed sweet. Similar to a lemon in taste. Following are some pretty sour and tart notes that then develop into the barnyard funk that makes this brew tasty. There is a wheat like aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is light-medium with a pleasent juciness to it. Pretty damn nice. Carbonation levels work just fine.

Overall, this is a mighty fine sour that is super drinkable and with just enough sourness and sweetness for balance. Good stuff

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a hazy yellow brown colour, with a truly fantastic head and marvellous lacing.

Smells citrusy and yeasty, quite fresh and invigorating.

Tastes very tangy and yeasty, very citrus tones coming through as well. Noticeable alcohol.

Overall very good, perfect mouthfeel and smell, only the strong alcohol letting the beer down.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is extremely pale yellow, completely transparent. The head is thin and white, leaving ample lacing on the sides of the sampler glass. The aroma brings light citrus, yeast, and subtle funk. Wow! Great flavor, with a delectable blend of citrus, funk, yeast, and spices. The feel is thin to medium bodied with adequate carbonation. I really enjoyed this brew, and would certainly have it again.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-07-30 At Capone's in Norristown, PA

A - Light, hazy straw with a 1-finger head and light lacing.

S - White grape, cider and mild yeast.

T - Bread, white grape, apple, pear, citrus, sour yeast and light hops.

M - Smooth, fat, creamy, bubbly and very soft on the palate.

O - I liked this but generally would prefer a bolder saison.

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Photo of ChimRichels
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bomber was a gusher, so I lost a tiny bit to the sink. Color is hazy soft orange/yellow with a pillowy white head that retains exceptionally well and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Looks tasty.

S - Smell reminds me a lot of champagne. Orange zest and green apples come through. Alcohol is hiding in there. The fruitiness plays well with some mild citrus as well as a tinge of funk.

T - A lot less fruity than I was expecting from the nose while Spicy/Peppery notes come through a lot more. Earthy/funky flavors are most definitely there, mostly on the aftertaste. Mildly warming in the esophagus. Lots of subtle nuances throughout the profile. A very intricate flavor.

M - Pretty solid mouthfeel, carbonation is mild.

O - An excellent beer that goes down easy and pleasantly. I would buy again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pas a pale yellow hazy body with a sea of micro bubbles in a torrent that fill 3/4 of the glass with a head of foam.

S- The yeasty esters have some apricot qualities with a flint note that has a fresh rain quality to it. The finish has a soft lemon and black pepper note to it.

T- The soft pale wheat flavor has a green peppercorn note and a light fruity ester flavor. The finish is a dry clean finish with a nice soft green hop snap that grows as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light crisp mouthfeel with a creamy finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is dry by not overly dry and some great fruity ester character that has some nice stone fruit qualities. This beer has great depth but it is lots of very subtle layers that I can't describe and it is crisp making it very drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful saison. Bright golden, highly hazed, slim ivory head.

Aromatics, light lemon and orange, delicate spice. Lovely. Particularly peppery, fragrantly fruity.

Taste: Mmmm, Meaty mouthfeel, while being watery enough for the style. Luscious citrus fruit dominates, with spice kicking in behind. Starts easy, gets more complex sitting in the mouth. Slight bitterness. Growing spice. Then turning just a little sweet.

Very interesting beer, this. Incredibly complex and refreshing, all at once.

Keeping it short and simple, all I need to say is: it's good, drink it.

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Photo of Shaymus
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first review.

A- Golden straw like, bit cloudy, about 1 inch head didn't last all that long.

S- citrusy right off the bat leaning towards the lemon, followed by yeast /fruity aroma.

T- The lemon flavor came to mind first followed by some hoppiness "may have had first sip a bit too cold as later sips are a bit sweeter not tasting as bittery as first thought" Yeast and citrus flavor remained throughout and enjoyed very much.

M- Thin, good carbonation

Recently been concentrating on Saisons and this one lives up to the style. refreshing, a bit tarty and highly drinkable. Quite enjoyed it !

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Paradiso in a nonic.

A: The saison is a pale golden color, straw-like with a cloudiness that runs through the saison. Not much of a head to report.

S: Pepper, lemony citrus, and honey all come together in the nose. A little musty, the saison comes close to funky but falls just short.

T: Biscuity malts, light, hold court amongst the saison additions. Peppery coriander and lemons create a mildly acidic spice presence. Honey adds fullness to each sip, if not flavor. Floral and funky, the yeast delivers just enough dirtiness to make me think. A good saison, but just good.

M: The saison has a strong spice profile and really benefits from the musty yeast strain. A decent saison that would be worth another try.

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Saison D'Erpe-Mere from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
4.13 out of 5 based on 445 ratings.
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