Saison D'Erpe-Mere Lentebier
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Saison D'Erpe-Mere LentebierSaison D'Erpe-Mere Lentebier
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #544
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,574
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 7.2%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
34
From:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
 
Belgium
Avail:
Spring
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Saison D'Erpe-Mere LentebierSaison D'Erpe-Mere Lentebier
Notes: Single hop beer, uses Premiant (Czech) hops for all hopping stages.
Not merely a 9% ABV version of Saison d'Erpe Mere.

Glazen Toren Lentebier is brewed according to the ancient Saison tradition of the province of Hainaut. It is a blond, highfermented beer, with refermentation in the bottle. Dry, hoppy, and fruity.
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although the kickoff to the Lenten season offers the promise of warmer weather to come, the climate can still put quite a chill on the skin. This beckons for a beer that hold floral promises but still with the strength to warm the gullet as the cold weather draws to a close.

Saison D'Erpe-Mere's Lentebier is such a Saison, pouring with a pale straw and a yeasty overcast. As a voluminous and arid froth rises from the glass, the nose soon fills with the floral whimsy of lavender, rose hips and honeysuckle. Candied in its scent, the backdrop of the perfume is sharp with grassiness, peppery spice and a twinge of white wine. A gentle sweetness glosses the tongue with the thin breadiness of wafers and a touch of honeysuckle once more.

What was floral and gently sweet early on the palate, quickly turns to fruits of pear, orange peel, lemon, apple and white grape on the middle palate. Dried in its moderate fruit portrayal, the spices of the beer quickly wins out with a piquant balance of peppercorn, vinous spice, lemongrass, dried herbs and an overall bitter straw flavor on the late palate.

Threatening with a mild detergent-like finish, the beer's dryness is a stark contrast to the more floral upstart. A medium long linger of lemon pepper from hops and vinous spice from yeast allows for a bitter white wine character to echo firmly behind.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale saturated orange, with a huge billowing head of meringue foam that slowly rises above the rim. Ample lacing and lasting surface coverage.

Aroma is floral and herby, sweet biscuit and estery Belgian yeast.

Biscuity malt backed by some grassy whole cone hop florals via the Aalst region. Dried fruit, malt sweetness, expressive yeast, light peppery phenols linger in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and effervescent, not quite as dry as Glazen Toren’s excellent Saison de Erpe-Mere.

Seemingly far less bitter than Saison De Erpe-Mere, but just as characterful.
Makes a great pairing with green peppercorn brie and Humboldt Fog, seems like it would be very versatile with food.

I’ve heard this is the house beer at ‘T Velootje in Ghent, hope to drink it there on my next trip to Belgium.

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Photo of puck1225
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Christmas Eve dinner beer! Bought this past summer at Jesters King.

Beautiful beer with a cloudy yellow color and a wonderful foamy, creamy head and great lacing. Sweet fruity smell. Flavors of honey, lemon, and sweet herbs, and maybe a bit of lime. This beer is great with food and I will buy again if I find it again!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i had never seen this stronger version before, on tap at bull and bush last night, those guys always have the best guest drafts! this is apparently a special edition for spring, much stronger than the original saison, almost drinking more like a tripel. it has some of that candy sugar type sweetness to it, the booze stands out a bit, especially in the nose, and its quite floral, like daffodils or something, elderflower bitterness for balance too, and a honey note through it, kind of delicate for being bigger, fruity like white wine, pears, and green apples too, lots going on here and pretty cohesive. the yeast isnt as dynamic and striking to me here as it often is in beers from these guys, not as drying and rustic and peppery and peppy, it has a light chemical wash to it, a thinness, still an agreeable spice complexion, but just not as forward in the mix or as grounding, a little estery with the residual sugar here, it lingers awhile. good carbonation and awesome belgian flavor overall, i love the beer these guys make, but i think the original saison is one of the best in the game, so its hard to really compare this to that. cool to have it on tap here in denver, i hope we keep seeing this stuff come through! a pretty classic old world belgian strong pale here.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this beer at Kickbacks in JAX with boss and brought in law. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had hints of apricot and Belgian spice. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with Belgian clove and tropical fruit. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid saison.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Leura.

A - hazy straw, delightful pillowy white head.

S - Lemons, Belgian yeast, little funk, grains.

T - BIG flavours. Lemons to the fore, funk, cloves, earthy hops, and whilst the inital flavour is big to massive, the taste dies rather too quickly in comparison to the big initial hit.

M - silky smooth, medium carbonation, light to medium weight, amazingly no hint of big ABV. Carbonation seems to die once beer has been in glass.

O - a welcome return to form, many recent saisons have been poor, but this is a good example. Odd to think there is no hint of 9% anywhere in this beer.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - first pour is a almost a crystal clear deep yet sunny yellow with some traces of amber. Big, froathy white foam which only a true bottle conditioned belgian ale can produce. Second pour is more cloudy yet still bright.

S - nose is very classic Belgian. Banana and clove just invade the nostrils. Hints of Funky, skunky euro hops along with clean crisp citrusy notes. Grainy malt profile, notes of cereal and cracked wheat.

T - sweet cereal. Grainy flavors. Clovey spice notes. Only intensifies as it runs to the center of the tounge. Soft soothing banana notes. Zippy, funky, tangy citrus and some leafy greens on the backend.

M - full bodied. Creamy texture. Super smooth.

O - great beer. Full bodied. Was quite impressed by the mouthfeel. Full flavored. Another outstanding beer from glaze toren.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle (purchased 5/2013)
Glass: Standard US pint glass

I feel lucky to have randomly come across this offering from Brouwerij De Glazen Toren, as it is quite complex and delicious, perfectly matching this mild, late summer day. The aroma is very appealing, flowery and fresh with notable fruit characters. The taste mirrors this, but adds additional yeast and hop-driven complexity and bitterness. At $12 per 750ml bottle, this is rather expensive, but if it were available yearly, I would definitely pick up others in the future.

Pours a towering head (many cm high) of slightly off-white foam, made up of small bubbles, with excellent retention. The head eventually settles to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer, which lasts for the duration of the drink. Lacing is excellent, with heavy, thick patterns clinging to the entirety of the glass. The body is a golden orange color, with light bringing out brighter, golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the semi-hazy (40-50% opaque) beer, medium in both amount and rising activity.

Aroma is flowery (almost perfume-like), fruity (mostly of muted apple and pineapple), with background notes of the expected Saison yeast strain and slightly bready malts. Quite good, superb on a warm-ish spring or summer day like today.

Overall flavor is quite complex, with a mix of substantial hop bitterness; Saison yeast mustiness; light hard-to-describe "funk," dull sourness, fruity notes from hops and yeast esters, and slightly bready malts. Front of palate picks up Saison yeast mustiness with fruit contributions from yeast esters and hops (pineapple, apple, bosc pear), and a mild malt-induced breadiness. Mid-palate experiences light, dull sourness with Saison yeast mustiness and hard-to-define "funk," clean European hop bitterness, and fruity esters and hop contributions (pineapple, creamy apple and pear). Back of palate continues the dull sourness and bready maltiness, but increases the Saison yeast funk and hop bitterness, with additional complexity from mild ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of hop bitterness, pale bready malts, fruits (apple), and mild ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy, yet still smooth mouthfeel that fits the style and this beer quite well. Ethanol felt lightly in the nostrils and on the tongue, well-hidden for a 9% beer. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very hazy pale gold brew pours with a pure white head initially about a finger and a half tall. Retention is good, and some pretty heavy deposits of patching are left on the glass.
The nose offers a bit of funk, lemon zest, a bit of spiciness, yeasty esters and some grassiness along with a bready malt backing.
Funk is a little lighter in the flavor, and along those lines the grassiness is a little stronger. It's plenty lemony, with a tart/sour mix, but what's really interesting is the sugary sweetness. It's not cloying, but in this beer I think it takes something away from the depth and diminishes the tartness. Yeasty elements add some clove and spiciness.
The body is on the bigger side of light but with some effervescence to it. It's got a consistent crispness and is a little frothy, almost creamy. Alcohol sneaks into the finish without thinning it out too much, though it adds a certain sharpness.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of white head. Tons of carbonation activity throughout the beer with keeps the head atop the beer for the entire thing. Lacing is extremely good.

S: Very bright in character. I get lemon zest, musty funk, and a touch of clove. I also get a nice ginger note to keep the beer feel appropriately spring-like and light.

T: A bright lemon zest character is accompanied by strong wheat. Quite musty with a nice grassiness that goes very well with the beer. Again, this beer seems very spring-like, but I know the name of the beer is biasing me. Clove is also there, but not particularly strong for the style and not as strong it was in the aroma.

M: Medium thickness with fairly strong carbonation, a touch soapy.

O: A nice, clean Saison - very refreshing with no hint of ABV. Recommended.

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Saison D'Erpe-Mere Lentebier from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 34 ratings